Called Bethany ford of river Jordan, Bethany in Perea, and also Bethabara, it was a ford in Jordan river.  John preached four months at Bethany ford before starting north up the Jordan. He returned a year later to preach there again.  Jesus and the apostles preached in this place for the first time in February 27, in the same place where John preached.  The disciples of John remained at Bethany beyond the Jordan, teaching and baptizing the multitudes.