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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Upcoming Tours

We would love to walk with you in the Holy Land. Here are upcoming opportunities:

Nov 01 — Nov 15, 2020
Walking with the Patriarchs
Led by George DeJong
Spring 2021
Israel in Depth
Led by George DeJong
Summer 2021
Ancient Paths to Modern Leadership
Led by George DeJong
Sep 18 — Oct 02, 2021
Israel & Turkey in Depth
Led by George DeJong
Fall 2021
Through the Roof
Led by George DeJong