And when he had come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there me him two possessed with demons coming out of the tombs, exceedingly fierce so that no man passed by that way. (Mathew 8:28)
After living among the fishing villages on the eastern shores of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus sails over to the other side of the lake, to the region known today as the Golan Heights.
Running down steep slopes of these heights overlooking the sea was a region called the Country of Gergesenes or Gadarenes, part of the ancient Decapolis, ten Hellenistic cities where Roman citizens herded the pigs in this account. Today the city is identified with a hamlet situated on a mountain peak south of the Yarmuk River to the east of the Jordan.
The tombs mentioned are rock-hewed caves characteristic of cemeteries in the Hellenistic and Roman period. These caves provided an easy shelter for outcasts, including the mentally deranged, and made excellent hiding places since few dared visit burial sites in ancient times.
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