The Jabbok River

Jabbok River

Slightly south of halfway between the Sea of Galilee and the Dead Sea, the Jabbok River flows out of Gilead into the Jordan River. While used as a territorial border marker in a number of Old Testament passages (Numbers 21:24; Deuteronomy 2:37, 3:16; Joshua 12:2; Judges 11:13, 11:22), it plays a primary part in the account of Jacob's return to the Promised Land from Mesopotamia (Paddan Aram).

Genesis 32:22-24 That night Jacob got up and took his two wives, his two maidservants and his eleven sons and crossed the ford of the Jabbok. 23 After he had sent them across the stream, he sent over all his possessions. 24 So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. (NIV)

The Jabbok, while in the historic boundaries of the Promised Land, is now located in the modern day Kingdom of Jordan. Many of the water sources which naturally flow into the Jordan have been diverted by both Israel and Jordan to be used for drinking water or irrigation. The Jabbok is not one of them, as it still flows into the Jordan River, but its' water is highly polluted from industrial uses.


Jabbok River

Jabbok River

This white foam on the water of the Jabbok River is mostly from pollution


This photo and those below were taken 3 years after all those above. Note the haze from a sandstorm

Hopefully the reduced amount of foam means a reduction in pollution.