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Ein Gedi

When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, "Behold, David is in the wilderness of En-ge'di." Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel, and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats' Rocks. - 1 Samuel 24:1-2

Cascading waterfalls thrive in this desert oasis not far from the lifeless shores of the Dead Sea.  David fled to this oasis to escape the wrath of King Saul (1 Samuel 24).  In the Song of Songs the lover declares that her beloved is a "cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of Engedi" (1:13). 

This wadi was known for its medicinal and sweet smelling plants, date palms, and desert aloes.  Today rare desert wildlife, including ibex (wild mountain goats), fox, and hyrax roam this verdant nature reserve.  This wadi is fed by four springs
 
 






See also | Dead Sea | Qumran | Masada | Ein Feshka | Wadi Qelt |


Shulamit Fall and pool of the Nahal David

cascading stream among rocks and thick reeds

ibex (wild mountain goats) make their home in the caves of this cliff


families of hyrax make their home in the thicket of reeds


 

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