Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Holy Land Bible Study Tour- Ein Gedi

Traveling north, we stopped at Ein Gedi, where Gideon chose his 300 men...

Ein Gedi (Spring of the wild goat) is the name of a spring and its associated streams that come out from the cliffs on the west side of the Dead Sea. A wadi from Ein Gedi leads up through the Judean wilderness to an area near Bethlehem and was an ancient route from the Dead Sea to Judea.

The caves of Ein Gedi provided a place for David to hide from Saul. Once, Saul entered a cave where David and his men hid. David secretly cut off part of Saul's robe and later confronted Saul with it (1 Samuel 23:29; 24:1-22). Date palms and vineyards made Ein Gedi a beautiful place in biblical times. solomon's Beloved compared him to his symbol of beauty (songs of Solomon 1:14).

Holy Land Bible Study Tour- Jericho & Mount of Temptation

Today we walked on the ruins of the old city of Jericho where the walls tumbled down.

Jericho is the oldest city in the world and also the lowest city at 290 meters below sea level. Located near springs 14 kilometers north of the Dead Sea, it is an oasis in a dry and desolate area.

It was here where Rahab hid the 2 spies sent by Joshua to assess the strength of the city (Joshua 2:1-21). Joshua marched around Jericho for seven days. Then God caused the walls to fall down and all the inhabitants died except Rahab and her family. Joshua started that tragedy would befall the person who would try to rebuild the city.

what i'm pointing at is The Mount of Temptation...