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Gadara

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A Dictionary of the Bible What is This? Contains accessibly written entries for topics covering the religious, historical, and social aspects of the Bible.

    Gadara

    A city of the Decapolis, 9.6 km. (6 miles) SE of the Sea of Galilee, where Jesus healed two demoniacs in Matt. (8: 28), and one demoniac in Mark (5: 2). (The best Greek MSS of the corresponding passage in Mark (5: 1) gives the place as ‘Gerasa’ which is 48 km. (30 miles) from the lake, and therefore geographically less plausible.) Gadara was a Gentile city and a centre of philosophical speculation. Whereas Mark (5: 19) records Jesus' instruction to the demoniac to tell his friends about his cure, this is omitted by Matthew. This may possibly be because Matthew intends to show that the Church's mission to the Gentiles is yet to come; it will take place, but later.

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