Ein Gedi

Along the southwestern shore of the Dead Sea lies Ein Gedi, a natural spring and waterfall that is also the location of a kibbutz (cooperative community) and guesthouse. Once a rather flourishing village in the time of Jesus, it is mentioned in the Bible in the book of Joshua (15:62) as one of the cities of the Tribe of Judah, and again in Ezekiel 47:10 as a fisherman’s town, although one would have to wonder what they might have been fishing in the Dead Sea. It was near here that David hid from King Saul (1 Samuel 24:1-2). The vineyards of Ein Gedi are mentioned in the Song of Songs (1:14). There are caves in the region in which the locals may have hid during the first century Jewish Rebellion and its aftermath. As you walk about, you might imagine the first century village a bustle of activity. But today its beauty stands in stark contrast to the surrounding desert and salt sea.

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