All these joined together in the Valley of Siddim (that is, the Salt Sea). Genesis 14:3

We said our goodbyes to the Galilee and headed due south down the Jordan Valley. Our first stop was Beth She’an, where the bodies of King Saul and his sons were fastened to the walls  by the Philistines. Archeologists have uncovered much of this ancient city.

Our next stop was Qumran where the famous Dead Sea scrolls were discovered by a Bedouin boy searching for a lost goat in 1947. Over 900 two thousand years old scrolls have since been found.

The rest of the day was spent relaxing at the Dead Sea. It was cloudy, raining, and the temperature was in the 50’s. Yet these adverse conditions did not hinder some of us from heading to the beach and taking the plunge. Was it cold? Yes! Was it exhilarating? Yes! Would we do it again? Yes! (But only on a sunny day!)

Tomorrow: Masada and Jerusalem


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