The name Decapolis means "ten cities." All of them were on the eastern side of the Jordan River except Scythopolis (called Beth-shean in the Old Testament), which was south of the Sea of Galilee. These cities were centers of Greek culture. Jesus traveled through the Decapolis during his ministry (Matthew 4:25; Mark 5:20; 7:31). The cities of the Decapolis that are mentioned in connection with Jesus include Gadara (Matthew 8:28) and Gerasa (Luke 8:26). Another city of the Decapolis was Damascus, where Paul stayed after his conversion (Acts 9).
AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus