On the last day of our trip, we set out to visit the site where Christ was baptized, where Elijah ascended into the heavens and to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. Our first stop was to visit the Dead Sea. It is just a 45 minute drive to get to the resort area and during parts of the drive you are on Israel's border. Of course while relaxing on the Jordanian side of the Dead Sea, you are looking at Israel across the sea. The day we were there is was a bit cool - in the low 60s - but the temperature didn't stop the mud bathers.
We went on to the baptism site. While the Jordan River divides Israel and Jordan, the actual baptism site where John the Baptist, baptized Christ has been confirmed by the Church to be in Jordan. The river has decreased in size because of industrialization. Below is a picture of the baptism site and the Jordan River.
We traveled on to see the Dead Sea Scrolls. The various scrolls were found hidden in a number of caves on the northern end of the Dead Sea. In the Museum of Archeology in Amman fragments of some of the paper scrolls along with copper scrolls are on display. These scrolls confirm the text of the Old Testament and are estimated to be written in 300 B.C.