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Engedi

also known as: En Gedi

Meaning: fountain (spring) of the kid

a place in the wilderness of Judah (Josh. 15:62), on the western shore of the Dead Sea (Ezek. 47:10), and nearly equidistant from both extremities

To the wilderness near this town David fled for fear of Saul (Josh. 15:62; 1 Sam. 23:29). It was at first called Hazezon-tamar (Genesis 14:7), a city of the Amorites.

The vineyards of Engedi were celebrated in Solomon’s time (Song of Songs 1:4). It is the modern 'Ain Jidy. The “fountain” from which it derives its name rises on the mountain side about 600 feet above the sea, and in its rapid descent spreads luxuriance all around it.

Author: Matthew G. Easton .

Archaeologists have found this place. See the Christian archaeological video which describes it and its cultural setting: On the Life & Ministry of the Messiah (“Living Water,” part of the Faith Lessons video series). “The water of a spring provided an oasis that sustained life. Similarly, Jesus referred to himself as “living water,” our only refreshment from the heat of life.”