Engedi – Israel

Engedi (or Ein Gedi) oasis and a nature reserve located west of the Dead Sea, near Masada and the Qumran Caves.

Scriptural Significance

Engedi shows up a number of times in the Bible:  

  • In 2 Chron. 20:2, it is called “Hazazon-tamar” and is where Moabites & Ammonites gathered to fight King Jehoshaphat
  • In Genesis 14:7, it is mentioned as an Amorite city, smitten by Chedorlaomer in his war against the cities of the plain
  • In Joshua 15:62, it is enumerated among the cities of the Tribe of Judah in the desert
  • King David hides in the desert of Ein Gedi (1 Samuel 24:1-2) and King Saul seeks him “even upon the most craggy rocks, which are accessible only to wild goats”
  • Song of Solomon 1: 14 speaks of the “vineyards of En Gedi”
  • In Ezekiel 47: 10, we see that this will be a place during the Millennial reign of Christ when fish will swim and the Dead Sea will be comprised of fresh water