View of one on the "modern" rapids along the course of the Jordan River. In 1848 the Lynch Expedition encountered some twenty–seven major rapids during their trip down the Jordan.
It was at such places that people and animals often forded the Jordan. Har–El has suggested that there were some fifty–four such fords. Note the use of fords in the story of the judge Jephthah (Judges 12:1–7, especially 12:5–6).
Note the dense vegetation on both sides of the river. This actually was more extensive in ancient times and was covered with a dense thicket of vegetation including poplars, tamarisks, willows, cane and reed. It was a dangerous area for robbers, lions, leopards and jackals lurked in its cover.
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