Jerash was one of the cities of the Decapolis in New Testament times. The impressive Roman ruins include a monumental arch, a hippodrome, s theater, a well-preserved cardo, and numerous byzantine churches. The Roman Emperor Hadrian visited Jerash about 130 A.D.
We crossed from Israel into Jordan at the Sheik Hussein bridge a few miles south of Bethshean. Our plan was to be at the 11 a.m. RACE (Roman Army Chariot Experience) at Jerash. Because it took a little longer at the bridge, we had to attend the 2 p.m. show. The show was good, but the sun was already to the back of the performers. This caused the photos to be less than ideal. After the show I made a few photos in the Hippodrome with the sun over my shoulder. One of the young ladies in our group decided she would like to ride in the chariot. See for yourself.
When Jesus traveled through the Decapolis He possibly visited the area around Jerash (Mark 7:31).