This neatly arranged row of marble and basalt columns was part of a basilica church during the period after Jesus’ time. The floor of the church was made of colored marble tiles arranged in geometric designs. This church was in Kursi, near Susita.

In AD 747, an earthquake toppled many of these columns. Though this church was built after Jesus’ time on earth, the beauty of these columns and their white marble bases and capitals testify to both the glory of the pagan Decapolis and the impact Jesus’ ministry had in this region. It is possible that seeing the demon-possessed men become healed may have contributed to the conversion of these formerly pagan people.


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