(National Geographic) If Jesus were to plunge into the Jordan River today, he might well injure himself.
The great biblical waterway is now little more than a shallow, unimposing trickle of sludge, a murky body of water that is in danger of withering into nothingness.
"Is that it? Seriously, that's the Jordan? I could jump it," declared one mightily unimpressed American teenager, as we crossed the river from the Kingdom of Jordan to the Palestinian West Bank one blindingly bright afternoon back in October.
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There's no real mystery as to how the river famous as the reputed site of Jesus' baptism has sunk so low.