Mark 7:31 (American Standard Version)
Mark 5:20 (New International Version)
Susita National Park January 2006
Hippos was also known as Susita and is an Israeli National Park. It was on the mesa near the center of the photo. I took about 55 minutes to walk up from En Gev to the mesa.
This was the main street of Hippos. The ruins were excavated to the Byzantine (c. 325 - 600 AD) layers.
This was a tripartate (three part) church, similar churches were found in cities in the Negev after people converted to Christianity. There was a white marble carving showing a cross in one of the three churches on the mountain.
Cross and laurel of victory, Hippos, Jan 2006
The area was not fully excavated during my visit.
The Roman road exited the town down the west end of the mountain; visible along left edge of hill. It was a rough road with switchbacks.
Hippos Excavation Web Site: http://hippos.haifa.ac.il/