Thursday, April 22, 2010

Ein Gedi

Ein Gedi (Hebrew:עין גדי `Eyn Gediy; KJV Bible Engedi, NIV Bible En Gedi) is an oasis located west of the Dead Sea, close to Masada and the caves of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered. Location 31°27′N, 35°23′E.

It is known for its caves, springs, and its rich diversity of flora and fauna. Ein Gedi is mentioned several times in biblical writings, for example, in the Song of Songs:
"My beloved is unto me as a cluster of henna flowers in the vineyards of Ein Gedi" (1:14).
Accorded to Jewish tradition, David hid from Saul in the caves here;
"And David went up from thence, and dwelt in the strongholds of Ein Gedi" (1 Samuel 24:1).





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