(Gerʹa·senes) [Of (Belonging to) Gerasa].
In “the country of the Gerasenes,” of which at least a portion lay E of the Sea of Galilee, Jesus Christ healed two demon-possessed men. (Mr 5:1-20; Lu 8:26-39; compare Mt 8:28-34.) The exact limits of this region are today unknown, and the identification is uncertain. Some scholars would link “the country of the Gerasenes” with the area around Kursi on the E shore of the Sea of Galilee. Others suggest that the designation may apply to the large district radiating from the city of Gerasa (Jarash).—See GADARENES.