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  2  definitions  found 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  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}.) 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
  Bethabara,  the  house  of  confidence