We are now heading into Jordan, and the first stop is Amman, the capital city itself. But actually this is a very ancient city named Philadelphia, the city of sisterly love, and it was one of the major Greek cities of the Decapolis. We will start with a visit to the Citadel, the ancient acropolis of the city, and to its museum.
When you cross into Jordan near the Dead Sea, you notice how much the Dead Sea has shrunk, and here is a schematic from the museum showing the diminution of it…. This is very troubling for many reasons, and it is caused to large extent by the using of the water of the Jordan which flows into it, and also the mining of the mineral salts to make Ahava cream etc. Here’s the Citadel…
Here’s the mosque/synagogue….. No one in attendance except…… the Geico Gecko! Near the Citadel museum there was this interesting sign….
Notice that this was once a Nabatean city in antiquity, before it was a Greek city, and then a Roman one. The Nabatean kingdom was still thriving in Paul’s day, and Paul visited it when he went to ‘so-called’ Arabia, which explains why the ethnarch of King Aretas IV was after Paul (see 2 Cor. 12).