The Baptism of Jesus Christ 

Uncovering Bethany beyond the Jordan





An archaeological-detective story uncovering the pieces of the ancient mystery of where Christ was baptized. Why was the site lost? How was it discovered and what was found there? What is the meaning of baptism in Christianity.

An archaeological-detective story uncovering the pieces of the ancient mystery of where Christ was baptized. Christians around the world know Bethlehem where Jesus was born, and Jerusalem where Jesus died and was resurrected, but no one knows the location of his baptism. This being one of the three holiest places of Christianity.

Where was he baptized? Why was the site lost? How was it discovered and what was found there? The remarkable story of how the actual location of  Jesus’ baptism had disappeared from human memory, lost in time for almost 1000 years; And the fascinating story of its rediscovery and the ongoing excavations taking place there. Only 5% of the area has been dug until today. Who knows what else lies beneath this place and what it could reveal about Jesus Christ and the birth of Christianity.

The 53 minute documentary is concerned with the recent discovery of the baptism site of Jesus Christ in an area known as ‘Wadi al-Kharrar’ on the east bank of the river Jordan, the “Bethany Beyond the Jordan” of the Gospels. A complex of unique churches, baptismal pools and monasteries are amongst the important discoveries uncovered so far. The area, since the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, was a military zone and heavily mined making it impossible of access. However in 1994 after Jordan and Israel signed a peace treaty, archaeologists begun their excavations...

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"[A] remarkable account of recovering a foundational part of our Christian heritage."

—The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams. Head of the worldwide Anglican Communion

"[A]n important, groundbreaking film...This film takes its subject seriously. Christians must see this film. Everyone should see this film! "
Dr. William F. Vendley, Secretary General
World Conference of Religions for Peace, New York


"It is a work of art...I hope you see this beautiful documentary."

—Lucie Blodgett, The Voice-Tribune


 “The Baptism of Jesus Christ: Uncovering Bethany Beyond the Jordan” is a beautiful film that will speak to pilgrims of all faiths...This film is a blessing."
—The Rev. Canon Charles P. Gibbs, Executive Director, United Religions Initiative

"Refreshingly, this film succeeds in being true both to the archaeological and the spirtual significance of the place.... It conveys the sense of excitement alike among archaeologists, biblical scholars and bedouin tribesmen as the site was rediscovered over the past few years. It reflects engagingly on the meaning of baptism in Christianity."

— Revd. Dr. Liz Carmichael
     Tutorial Fellow in Theology and Chaplain

     St John's College, University of Oxford


"Not since “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” have the worlds of archeology and religion collided so!"

—Shawn Hudson, LEO Weekly


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Recent articles and news about the baptism film project:


   - All Press Coverage /Testimonials on film here

   - The Baptism of Jesus Christ DVD - Updates and News

   - "Film details finding of Jesus' baptism site" - Courier-Journal March 23 2008

   - "Louisvillian's produce groundbreaking film" - The Voice-Tribune February 7 2008

Further articles:


1) The Baptism Site of Jesus Christ - History and Archaeology

2) The Sanctuaries visited by the Pilgrims on the East Bank of the Jordan

3) 'The Identification of Bethany  Beyond the Jordan' by Prof. J. Carl Laney

4) The Meaning of Baptism - Orthodox Church

5) The Meaning of Baptism - Catholic Church

6) Passages and quotes related to baptism


Related links:


1) The official website of the Baptism Site Commission, Jordan -

2) UNESCO World Heritage - The Baptismal Site (Bethany beyond the Jordan)

3) Bethany beyond the Jordan - images and maps

4) 'The sanctuary of Bethany beyond the Jordan where John the Baptist baptised' by Michele Piccirillo

5) Pope to visit Mt. Nebo, Baptism Site during Jordan trip - Jordan Times

6) 'Archaeological evidence shifting views on site of Jesus' baptism' - The Baptist Standard

7) 'Site of Jesus’ baptism believed east of Jordan' - The Alabama Baptist