|Overview - Matthew 8|
|1||Christ cleanses the leper;|
|5||heals the centurion's servant,|
|14||Peter's mother in law,|
|16||and many other diseased;|
|18||shows how he is to be followed;|
|23||stills the tempest on the sea;|
|28||drives the devils out of two men possessed;|
|31||and suffers them to go into the swine.|
Matthew 8:28 (King James Version)
And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
- Mark 5:1-20 ; Luke 8:26-39 ; Acts 10:38
- Some are of opinion that Gergasa was the country of the ancient Girgashites; but it is more probable the Gergesenes was introduced by Origen upon mere conjecture; as before him most copies seem to have read Gadarenes, agreeable to the Parallel Passages and the ancient Syriac version. Gadara, says Josephus, was the metropolis of Peraea, or the region beyond Jordan; and he also observes that it was sixty furlongs, or about eight miles from Tiberias. It is therefore rightly placed opposite Tiberias, at the southeast end of the lake. Pliny says it was called Hippodion, was one of the cities of Decapolis, and had the river Hieromax, or Jarmouk, flowing before it. It was of heathen jurisdiction; whence perhaps it was destroyed by the Jews; but was rebuilt by Pompey, and joined to the province of Syria. Augustus afterwards gave it to Herod, on whose death it was again annexed to Syria. It is now called Om Keis; its ruins are in a very mutilated state, and when visited by Burckhardt it had not a single inhabitant. The remains of the sepulchral caverns in which the demoniacs abode are still to be seen.
- Genesis 10:16 ; 15:21 Deuteronomy 7:1
- Mark 5:2-5 ; Luke 8:27 Luke 8:29
- Judges 5:6