GADARA – Encyclopedic Dictionary of Bible and Theology

city ​​southeast of Lake Genesaret, belonging to the Decapolis. In this region, Jesus cured two demoniacs who lived in the tombs. The demons were passed to a herd, and the pigs were thrown into the sea and died, Mt 8, 38-34. In Mk 5, 1-20 and Lk 8, 26-39, it is said that this miracle took place in Gerasa.

Digital Bible Dictionary, Grupo C Service & Design Ltda., Colombia, 2003

Source: Digital Bible Dictionary

Gadara was part of the Decapolis and is associated with the land of the Gadarenes in the Gospels (Mat 8:28; Mar 5:1; Luk 8:26, Luk 8:37), southeast of the Sea of ​​Galilee.

Source: Hispanic World Bible Dictionary

One of the ten cities in the †¢Decapolis region. Their territory was on the eastern shore of the Sea of ​​Galilee, opposite Tiberias. The city itself a little further inside. It was populated mostly by Gentiles (hence the raising of pigs mentioned in the account of the Gadarene demoniacs). The name of G. does not appear in the NT, but the surrounding territory does: †œthe land of the †¢Gadarenes† . Archaeological finds indicate that it was an important Hellenized city. The site is today called Um Qeis.

Source: Christian Bible Dictionary

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vet, Gadara was the capital of the Roman province of Perea. It is mentioned in the Gospels as being in “the region of the Geradarenes.” Identification with Jerash is not feasible, since it is located 60 km southeast of the Sea of ​​Galilee. The correct identification seems to be that of the ruins of Kersa, located south of the eastern shore of the said Sea of ​​Galilee, opposite Magdala, 8 km from the place where the Jordan falls into the lake. A short distance south of this place the steep slopes of the hills plummet to the waters (Luke 8:33). The term Gadarenes presents variants in different Greek copies, such as Gergeseans and Gerasenes.

Source: New Illustrated Bible Dictionary

Hellenistic fortress of the Decapolis 10 km southeast of Lake Genesaret. Saint Matthew places the healing of the demon-possessed in the region of the Gerasenes (Mt 8,28), and Saint Mark and Saint Luke in the region of the Gerasenes (Mk 5,1; Lk 8,26).


FERNANDEZ RAMOS, Felipe (Dir.), Dictionary of Jesus of Nazareth, Editorial Monte Carmelo, Burbos, 2001

Source: Dictionary of Jesus of Nazareth

Titular See of Palestine First; there were two seats with this name, one in Palestine First and one in Palestine Second; therefore, it is difficult to determine to which of the two cities the known bishops belonged (Michel Le Quien, III, 597). Gadara in Palestine Second is known today as Oum-Keiss, beyond the Jordan, while Gadara in Palestine First, the subject of this article, has not been identified. There was a Geder (Jos. 12,13) ​​whose king was defeated by Joshua, a place that is also mentioned in 1 Chron. 2.51; Josh. 15.58. It is called today Djédur, halfway between Bethlehem and Hebron. A certain Guedera (Greek Gadera) is mentioned as located in the plain of Shephelah (Jos. 15,36; 1 Chron. 4,23) and is today called Khirbet-Djedireh, to the southwest of Amwas, or rather Qatrah, a village on the plain of Shephelah. Perhaps none of these cities is our Gadara, and can hardly be identified, as is often done, with Gazara or Gazer, a well-known Biblical city, now Tell-Djezer, near Amwas.

Source: Vailhe, Simeon. “Gadarah.” The Catholic Encyclopaedia. Vol. 6. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1909.

Translated by LAC


Source: Catholic Encyclopedia

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