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Ein Gedi

The green lushness of the Ein Gedi oasis provides a vivid contrast to the surrounding miles of sandcolored desert rock. The stunning nature reserve in Ein Gedi contains several pools and waterfalls. Wildlife includes the ibex (wild goat), badger, and small, furry hyrax.

When David was fleeing from King Saul, he arrived in Ein Gedi. King Saul’s pursuit of David—including some high drama played out in a cave, as well as Saul’s and David’s subsequent reunion—is described in the Bible in I Samuel. Ein Gedi’s beauty is described by King David in Psalm 104 and referenced by King Solomon in Song of Songs: “My beloved is to me as a cluster of henna in the vineyards of Ein Gedi.”