(Beit Ras) Jordan.
A city of
the Decapolis in Ajlun in N Jordan. According to the
it was between Adraa and Gadara, 16
miles from each. It was an autonomous city and minted
coins from the time of Nerva or Trajan to that of Macrinus. The Arabic name preserves a Hebrew-Aramaic
form of Beit Reisha, mentioned in Jewish sources. Roman
inscriptions found here indicate that local citizens served
in the Roman army. In the late Roman-Byzantine period
it was part of Palestina Secunda and its bishops participated in church councils between 525 and 536. The city
wall, enclosing an area of 125 ha, can be traced on the
surface, as well as remains of a colonnaded street, a
Roman military cemetery, and a church.
M. Avi-Yonah, The Holy Land