house of the ford, a place on the east bank of the Jordan, where John was baptizing (John 1:28). It may be identical with Bethbarah, the ancient ford of Jordan of which the men of Ephraim took possession (Judg. 7:24). The Revised Version reads "Bethany beyond Jordan." It was the great ford, and still bears the name of "the ford," Makhadhet 'Abarah, "the ford of crossing over," about 25 miles from Nazareth. (See BETHBARAH.)
The word means passage, or ferry, and is radically the same word found in the name bethabara.
We speak commonly of bethabara as the place of Our Lords baptism.
At bethabara, nearly opposite Jericho, the travelers recrossed the Jordan.
There is, however, another point with regard to bethabara which must not be overlooked.
bethabara has done its little best for you: you must go elsewhere, meanwhile.
The seventy men went out from bethabara, going in pairs, two men together, making thirty-five pairs.
That may well be doubted, for the bethabara where John was baptizing was probably at a higher point of the river.
Yet, when he heard that Lazarus was very ill, he stayed two days longer at bethabara.
There is, as before said, no strong reason for accepting this traditional site for bethabara.
Fled on wings of love to the succour of His loved friend; hurried in eager haste by the shortest route from bethabara?