John the Baptist was baptizing at Aenon (Jn 3:23-3:23)

“John also

Was baptizing

At Aenon,

Near Salim,

Because water

Was abundant there.

People kept coming there

They were being baptized.”

ἦν δὲ καὶ Ἰωάνης βαπτίζων ἐν Αἰνὼν ἐγγὺς τοῦ Σαλείμ, ὅτι ὕδατα πολλὰ ἦν ἐκεῖ, καὶ παρεγίνοντο καὶ ἐβαπτίζοντο·

John uniquely emphasized that John the Baptist (ἦν δὲ καὶ Ἰωάνης) was also baptizing (βαπτίζων) people at Aenon (ἐν Αἰνὼν), near Salim (ἐγγὺς τοῦ Σαλείμ).  John the Baptist was there because of an abundance or lots of water there (ὅτι ὕδατα πολλὰ ἦν ἐκεῖ).  While it is difficult to pinpoint where Aenon and Salim are, probably they were near the west bank of the Jordan River, maybe in Samaritan territory or Judean territory.  Aenon is an Arabic word for springs, while Salim meant peace.  This is the only mention of these two places in the biblical literature. Many people were coming (καὶ παρεγίνοντο) to be baptized (καὶ ἐβαπτίζοντο) by John the Baptist.  This indicates that both John the Baptist and Jesus were ministering at the same time with both of them baptizing people.  What do you think the role of John the Baptist is?

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