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Archaeological Excursion to En-Gedi  & Dead Sea

 
 

10 October, 2013
Report by Minh Duc Dang

Early Thursday morning we started our tour driving through the serene desert landscape towards En Gedi and the Dead Sea.  En Gedi is an oasis surrounded by desert and is one of the most important reserves in Israel. It is situated on the eastern border of the Judean Desert and on the Dead Sea coast.  At the foot of En Gedi, we heard from 1 Samuel 24 the account of King David hiding in the desert and King Saul pursuing him.  It was in the caves of En Gedi that King David spared Saul’s life.  David later became king.  After the reading, we climbed to the Chalcolithic Temple and saw the spectacular view from above.  There were endless mountains far and wide. The location of the temple is very close to two springs, the Nahal David and Hahal Arugot.  In addition, this beautiful landscape offers a challenging hike to En Gedi Lookout, which is not for the faint of heart.  The hike took us more than 2 hours.  After our long and tiring excursion, we were rewarded with a delicious lunch in an atmosphere of joy, relaxation and community.

Finally, we had the unique opportunity to float in the waters of the Dead Sea, and immerse ourselves in the famous mud. The Dead Sea is the lowest place on Earth, and is really a lake with water so salty that it allows you to float. It is considered to be the world’s first health resort and a supplier of a wide variety of merchandise, from cosmetics to herbal products.  Whatever the case may be, one of the things that is amazing about the places we visited are their archaeological sites, because it gives us an opportunity to study past civilizations, and see how far we have come as people sharing the same planet. 

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