Dead Sea Odyssey 422 metres below sea level – 4: Ein Gedi springs

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Ein Gedi is an interesting phenomenon, its a little oasis just on the other side of main road from the Dead Sea.

Its odd that a body of water completely sterile of life has a stunningly attractive beauty spot a few hundred metres away.  Here at Ein Gedi you walk along twisty paths around large boulders and streams, see unusual animals not seen in Europe, and follow your way around streams that twist around rocks and paths up to a big waterfall.  Ein Gedi served as a water source during biblical times.  Joshua 15 : 62 and 1 Samuel 24 : 1-2 feature this place.  The Bible  records that 3,000 years ago hid from King Saul at Ein Gedi. When David surprised the King and spared his life after finding him unarmed, Saul said David would succeed him on the throne.

Not far from Ein Gedi, is Qumran one of the most significant archaeological sites here in Israel as the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.

There are more unusual animals, in this case its these little critters, Rock Badgers,  officially called Hyrax, large rodents that seems to dwell around mountainous places with sources of water.

When I came here before in 2006, some people on the tour chose to get baptised here.  Often the river Jordan is the main choice for that amongst Christian pilgrims here, but Ein Gedi is just as good. 🙂

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2 comments on “Dead Sea Odyssey 422 metres below sea level – 4: Ein Gedi springs

  1. Hello Jonathan,
    greetings from Portsmouth (Southsea to be exact).
    I stumbled upomn your blog as I am intertested in the Jewishness of Christianity and found out you used to live in Pompey.Anyway im enjoying seeing what your upto.
    Israel looks a beautiful place -ive yet to go but maybe one day -Blessing -Mike

  2. Hello Mike,

    thanks for the response, always nice to hear feedback, check by this site, I have quite a bit I write regularly. If you are interested in Jewish connections to the bible and what to pray for please do also check the web site of the organisation I work for http://www.bridgesforpeace.com Thanks, and will check out your writings also 🙂

    Jonathan

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