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En Gedi

En Gedi

En Gedi is a site located on the western shore of the Dead Sea 23 mi. [37 km.] “as the crow flies” southwest of Jerusalem, 18 mi. [29 km.] east-southeast of Hebron and 10 mi. [6 km.] north of Masada.

En Gedi is a desert oasis that was inhabited during the Chalcolithic Period, the Iron through the Byzantine Periods.  It was allotted to the tribe of Judah (Joshua 15:62).

Here David hid from Saul (1 Samuel 24), and here special spices were grown.  It was also famous for its vineyards (Song of Songs 1:14).