Banyas Caesarea Philippi 001

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  • Title:  Banyas Caesarea Philippi 001
  • Description:  Caesarea Philippi was an ancient Roman city located at the southwestern base of Mount Hermon. It was adjacent to a spring, grotto and related shrines dedicated to the Greek god Pan, and called "Paneas" since the Hellenistic period, a name which mutated in time to Banias, as we know it until today (not to be confused with Baniyas in northwestern Syria). The surrounding region was known as the "Panion".

    The city is mentioned in the Gospels of Matthew and Mark. The city, called Banias and now nearly uninhabited, is an archaeological site in the Golan Heights.

    Banias does not appear in the Old Testament. Philostorgius, Theodoret, Benjamin of Tudela, and Samuel ben Samson all incorrectly identified it with Laish (i.e. Tel Dan). Eusebius of Caesarea however, accurately placed Dan/Laish in the vicinity of Paneas, but at the fourth mile on the route to Tyre
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  • Keywords:  Philippi, Caesarea, Banyas
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