Huddling under the imposing cliffs of the Golan Heights, where Route 789 climbs away from 92, this place is linked with the New Testament story of a man possessed by demons. Jesus exorcised the spirits, causing them to enter a herd of swine grazing nearby, which then "rushed down the steep bank into the lake, and perished in the waters" (Matthew 8:32). Fifth-century Byzantine Christians identified the event with this spot and built a monastery. It was an era in which earnest
pilgrims inundated the holy places, true and new, and the monastery prospered from their gifts. The partly restored ruins of a fine Byzantine church are a classic example of the basilica style common at the time; the ruined monastery is higher up the hillside.
Rte. 92, Kursi, Israel