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I Shed Thirty Póunds in Under a Month, Say:
6 May 2009 @11:53 PM  

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David Hall, Say:
29 May 2009 @1:40 AM  

The Byzantine monks seemed to think the miracle of the healing of the demoniac may have occurred at Kursi.

The steep slope of the Golan is a ways from the shore, but the shore there was discovered to include a steep drop off from the bank such as pigs jumping into the water would have found the water immediately covered their heads and they could not touch bottom. The stampeded pigs fighting for their lives in the water way over their heads might have drowned in their panic stricken state. Elsewhere around the lake much of the beach fronts shallow water that requires a long trip from the shoreline to deeper water.

The place was described by John MacGregor, The Rob Roy on the Jordan (pgs 378-380), c. 1869, c. 1904:

Between Wady Semakh (at the Kursi Junction) and Wady Fik (near Kibbutz En Gev) there are at least four distinct localities where every feature in the Scripture account of this incident may be found in combination. Above there are rocks with caves in them, very suitable for tombs, and farther down there is ample space for tombs built on sloping ground–a form of sepulture far more prevalent in Scripture times than we are apt to suppose. A verdant sward is here, with many bulbous roots which swine might feed upon. And on this I observed–what is an unusual site–a very large herd of oxen, horses, camels, sheep, asses, and goats, all feeding together. It was evident that the pasturage was various and enough for all–a likely place for “a herd of swine feeding on the mountain.”

“Khersa, near this, in ruins, was probably the Gergesa of old, and, as has been observed repeatedly by authors, this might well be in the “country of the Gadarenes,” though a considerable distance from the town of Gadara. We are told that, “the whole herd of swine ran violently down a steep place.” It does not say a “high” place, but “steep,” and that they “ran” (not, they “fell”) down this “into the sea.” There are several steeps near the sea here, but only one so close to the water as to make it sure that, if a herd “ran violently” down, they would go “into the sea.” But the place which I regard as most likely for the site of this event is at the end of the short plain under some rocks, and near the green plateau, where the swine could feed. Here, for a full half-mile, the beach is of a form different from any other round the lake, and from any I have noticed in any lake or sea before. It is flat until close to the edge. There a hedge of oleanders fringes the end of the plain, and immediately below these is a gravel beach, inclined so steep that, when my boat was at the shore I could not see over the top even by standing up, while the water alongside is so deep that it covered my paddle (seven feet long) when dipped in vertically a few feet from the shore. Now, if the swine rushed along this short plain towards this hedge of underwood (and in the delta of Semakh, their usual feeding place would be often amount to thick brushwood of that kind), they would instantly pass through the shrubs, and then down the steep gravel beyond into deep water, where they would surely be drowned.”

Khursi is between the city of Bethsaida – Gamala Jewish controlled areas and the Hippos – Gadara Decapolis cities to the south.

David Q. Hall

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