Gadara’s main claim to fame centres on a story recounted in the New Testament about Jesus crossing the Sea of Galilee. The following version is in Matthew 8:28–32:
And when he came to the other side, to the country of the Gadarenes, two demoniacs met him, coming out of the tombs, so fierce that no one could pass that way. They cried out, “What have you to do with us, O Son of God? Have you come here to torment us before the time?” Now a herd of many swine was feeding at some distance from them. And the demons begged him, ”If you cast us out, send us away into the herd of swine.” And he said to them “Go.” So they came out and went into the swine; and the whole herd rushed down the steep bank into the sea, and perished in the waters.