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Holman Bible Dictionary

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Gerasa, Gerasenes

(gehr' uh ssuh) Two places bear this name. One of them is referred to in the Bible; the other is not.

According to some excellent ancient manuscript evidence, Mark 5:1 and Luke 8:26 located the healing of the demon-possessed man who lived among the tombs in “the country of the Gerasenes (Gadarenes)” (“Gerasenes” in NIV, NAS). This would point to a placed named Gerasa. Such a place existed on the east side of the Sea of Galilee. Selecting among Gadara, Gergesa, and Gerasa as the scene of the healing of the demoniac is one of the more challenging tasks in New Testament studies. See Gadarene.

The other Gerasa was located some twenty-six miles north of present-day Amman in Jordan. Its ruins are among the most excellently preserved in the Middle East. See Arabia.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

Bibliography Information
Butler, Trent C. Editor.. "Entry for 'GERASA'". "Holman Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1991.


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