Jordan welcomes throngs of tourists at site where believers say Jesus was baptized

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A dozen churches are being built near the site where believers claim Jesus was baptized, on land donated by the Jordanian government. Religion News Service photo by Dale Hanson Bourke

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AMMAN, Jordan (RNS) While Israel has long claimed that Jesus was baptized on the Israeli side of the river, increasingly, scholars are lining up to support archaeological research showing the baptism site is actually in Jordan.