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Bottle of water from the River Jordan, collected 1930

Contained in the glass bottle on the left is water collected from the River Jordan at the site were Jesus Christ was believed to have been baptised by John the Baptist. The account is recorded in the New Testament of the Bible. Pilgrims visiting this holy area will often collect samples of the water – for its perceived medicinal and health-giving qualities as a souvenir of their pilgrimage. The bottle is shown here with a similar example (A6033).

Object number:

A6034

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Glossary:

Glossary: bottle

Vessels having a neck and mouth considerably narrower than the body, used for packaging and containing liquid and dry preparations

Glossary: baptism

A ceremony symbolising purification and marking entry into the Christian church.