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Around the dead sea

Today, we are going to several places that astonish people around the world:

The Dead Sea is one of the most amazing places in Israel.  It has four different names in ancient sources.  It is the lowest place on earth — approximately 1,300 feet below sea level.  It is five to nine times more salty than the oceans per NOAA.  Its mineral content of averaging 35% by weight makes humans float without knowing how to swim.  Besides being one of the world’s leading tourist attractions, it is a place that our prophet Ezekiel had mentioned in his prophecy.  Why was the “Dead Sea” mentioned to fulfill the prophecy of Ezekiel 47:8-10?  Click the “Dead Sea” section to find out.

Qumran, located on the northwestern shores of the Dead Sea, is a great archaeological site that enables us to understand an ancient settlement and the communal life.  It is where the Essenes, a Jewish sect, lived and contributed the Dead Sea Scrolls (DSS) – one of the most valuable manuscripts of the Old Covenant.

En Gedi is the biggest oasis in Israel.  It reminds us of Psalm 104:18 “The high mountains belong to the wild goats; the crags are a refuge for the hyrax.”  The author knew En Gedi very well as it was and is a home to ibexes which are a species of wild goats.  And why does this place attract not only ibexes but also rock hyraxes and other animals?  It is because En Gedi has springs, waterfalls, and flowing brooks at the foot of the cliffs.  It is a place for the mixture of nature and humans to enjoy this wonderful creation.  We are going to find out which famous biblical characters visited here before.

Masada is one of the marvelous palaces built by King Herod.  It is situated on top of an isolated mountain at the edge of the Judaean Desert.  Not only is this place a treasure for archaeologists, it is a place where Jewish people commemorate an unforgettable history of Jewish revolt in the time of the Roman Empire.  A group of Jewish people fought with the Roman Empire at Masada until the Jewish revolt made their own destinies.  We are going to find out how they made their own destinies.

The Dead Sea

En Gedi

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