River of Jordan, The
DESCRIPTION: Jesus meets John the Baptist, is baptized. King Naaman, a leper, calls for Elijah, he is to dip in Jordan and "wash your spots away." Jordan is far away, so the singer will find "an altar in an old-fashioned church/and my River of Jordan that will be"
EARLIEST DATE: 1963 (recording, Poplin Family)
KEYWORDS: disease Bible religious Jesus
FOUND IN: US(SE)
Poplin Family, "The River of Jordan" (on Poplin01)
NOTES: Probably recently-composed, but it may be entering the tradition. - PJS
It certainly has enough errors to be traditional. The story of Jesus meeting John the Baptist is found in Matthew 3, Mark 1, Luke 3; compare John 1.
Naaman's leprosy is found in 2 Kings 5. He was not a king but a general in the service of the King of Damascus. And he did not consult with Elijah but Elisha -- and Elisha volunteered to be consulted; Naaman had been sent to the King of Israel to be cured. - RBW
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