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holy cow this page is hard to read. There are so many footnotes with citations embedded in the next. In some places it feels like there is more text in parentheses () than outside. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 16:37, 3 January 2010 (UTC)
This page is horrible. The first sentence states that the site is in modern-day Jordan, which is supported by the photo of the Bethany-beyond-the-Jordan baptism site in Jordan. Why then does the entire balance of the article discuss alternate sites in Israel? 184.108.40.206 (talk) 17:54, 20 February 2010 (UTC)
The final paragraph should be deleted. The scriptural passages given there do not in a single instance support Wright's conclusions, as a simple review of the passages will reveal. A location in the upper Jordan Valley as the place of Jesus' baptism is not indicated. The traditional location on the Jordan east of Jericho fits with the scriptural statements; Wright's suggested location does not (do any reputable scripture scholars agree with him?). Furthermore, while it is true that Origen's emendation of the name Bethany to Bethabara "has much in its favor," the name Bethany (Beyond the Jordan) is given in all the most ancient codices and also in the most ancient papyri. Therefore "Bethany Beyond the Jordan," having greater scriptural warrant than "Bethabara," should not redirect to this site but should have its own Wikipedia article. I would submit such an article but am not certain I know how.Leocthomas (talk) 22:56, 10 June 2013 (UTC)leocthomas