Ein Gedi is home to many important historical moments found within the Bible.
Some of these moments include David hiding from Saul and the Song of Solomon.
Ein Gedi is an oasis on the shore of the Dead Sea and is surrounded by desert,
which creates an entrancing landscape.
Visitors can climb a path toward a magnificent waterfall and view a picture of David
hiding from King Saul on one wall of a cliff-side cave.
The site has also been called the “crags of the wild goats” which becomes evident to visitors,
as animals rest at cave entrances and walk freely through the reserve.
Water gurgles through tangled reeds and under acacia trees that nourished the beds of spices referenced in the Song of Solomon.
The town and synagogue tell the stories of Ein Gedi’s residents during Jesus’s life.
Ein Gedi references are found in Scripture.
Samuel 24: 1-7
- 1 When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, “Behold, David is in the wilderness of En-gedi.”
- 2 Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wild goats’ Rocks.
- 3 And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave; and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave.
- 4 And the men of David said to him, “Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, ‘Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.’” Then David arose and stealthily cut off the skirt of Saul’s robe.
- 5 And afterward David’s heart smote him, because he had cut off Saul’s skirt.
- 6 He said to his men, “The Lord forbid that I should do this thing to my lord, the Lord’s anointed, to put forth my hand against him, seeing he is the Lord‘s anointed.“
- 7 So David persuaded his men with these words, and did not permit them to attack Saul. And Saul rose up and left the cave, and went upon his way.
After nice relaxition at Ein Gedi we’ll go to Masada.