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The Judean Wilderness. Images from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands , Revised and Expanded edition, Volume 4. Nahal Darga, Wadi Murabbaat , from west. Judean wilderness with grass. Good Samaritan Inn. Ascent of Adummim Roman road remains. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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The Jezreel Valley

The Judean WildernessImages from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands, Revised and Expanded edition, Volume 4These images are a representative sample of the 1,500 images in the Judah and the Dead Sea volume of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands.

Perhaps my favorite place to explore in the land of Israel is the wilderness of Judah. The rugged terrain makes it ideal for hiking, and a 4x4 gives you access to places that you suspect no one has ever been. Though best avoided in the summer, the wilderness is beautiful in the spring and pleasant in the fall. Some of my favorite memories are associated with the names of the wadis in the wilderness: Qilt, Darga, Tseelim, Arugot, and David.

While you won't find any biblical cities out in the wilderness, some significant biblical events occurred here, including the flight of David from Saul, the preaching of John the Baptist, and the temptation of Jesus. It is not difficult to imagine what it would have been like for each of these men in this harsh environment.

In this presentation I've selected some of my favorite wilderness photos. They all come from the Judah and the Dead Sea volume of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands, where you can find more than 200 photos of the wilderness, nearly 100 photos of the En Gedi area, 175 photos of Masada, 130 photos of Qumran, 65 photos of Herodium, besides hundreds of others of Bethlehem, the Judean hills, the Shephelah, the land of the Philistines, and biblical Joppa.

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Nahal Darga, Wadi Murabbaat, from west"A Dry and Weary Land"This photo captures the rugged character of the Judean wilderness. This is a land that few can live in. When you look at the area on a map, you can easily miss just how difficult it is to travel through here. But once you visit or see a photo, you understand why armies avoided it but fugitives loved it. It is easier with a picture like this to imagine David on one hill trying to escape the forces of King Saul on the other.


Judean wilderness with grassThe Grass WithersBecause the wilderness lies in the rain shadow of the Judean hills, the amount of annual precipitation is minimal. But the little rain that does fall causes the grass to sprout for a short time. The impermanence of this new growth provided a perfect picture for the prophet Isaiah. All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the LORD blows on them" (Isa 40:6-7).When you see the grass, you should consider yourself. That grass is like your lifehere for just a little while. Therefore, the best thing to do is to build your life on what stands foreverthe Word of God.


Good Samaritan InnThe Inn of the Good SamaritanA late tradition identifies this site as the inn where the Good Samaritan brought the stricken man to recover from his wounds. Though the inn was more likely in Jericho, this place provides a good reminder of the parable to those passing by on the modern highway today. The inn was recently remodeled to house a museum with one of the largest collections of mosaics in Israel.


Ascent of Adummim Roman road remainsThe Road of the Good SamaritanThe previous photo shows a site familiar to tourists, but few see the actual remains of the ancient road itself. Whether the Good Samaritan story was a historical account or an illustrative story, this route certainly served thousands of Galilean pilgrims who traveled up to Jerusalem for the annual feasts. Jesus walked along this road many times, first in the company of Joseph and Mary and later with his disciples. The last time that Jesus walked it he was going to his death.


Sheep grazing in Judean wilderness with grass"Those Few Sheep in the Wilderness"In the spring months when a thin layer of grass covers the slopes of the Judean wilderness, shepherds bring their flocks out here to graze. As the weather heats up and the grass withers, the shepherds move to the west where the rainfall is greater and the temperatures cooler. This is the area where David tended his father's sheep. His travels in the wilderness prepared him for the future when he would be hiding from King Saul.


Mar Saba monastery from eastThe Monastery of Mar SabaThough the Judean wilderness is hostile to settlement, those seeking solitude and willing to suffer found it an ideal place. The years of peak inhabitation were during the Byzantine period when monks built dozens of monasteries and occupied hundreds of caves. The Mar Saba monastery pictured above was founded in AD 483 and became the largest monastery in the wilderness. The monastery continues to be inhabited today. Women are prohibited from entering.



This collection is taken from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands, Revised and Expanded edition, Volume 4: Judah and the Dead Sea. For more information about this volume, go to: and the Dead Sea includes more than 1,500 photos like these all in high-resolution.Each photo is clearly labeled. Most slides have descriptive explanations (see notes section at bottom).Designed for ease of use. PowerPoint presentations, jpg files, no watermarks, few restrictions.If you dont love it, return it!Free shipping within U.S.


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This collection is taken from the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands, Revised and Expanded edition, Volume 4: Judah and the Dead Sea. Other presentations on this volume include:For more information about this volume, go to: SeaEn GediHebronHerodiumJoppa-Tel AvivJudean Hill Country-NorthJudean Hill Country-SouthJudean Hill Country-AqueductsMasadaPhilistine PlainPhilistine Plain-AshkelonQumranQumran CavesShephelahShephelah-Aijalon ValleyShephelah-Elah ValleyShephelah-GezerShephelah-Guvrin ValleyShephelah-LachishShephelah-Sorek ValleyWilderness of Judah-NorthWilderness of Judah-SouthWilderness of Judah-Wadi Qilt


Judah and the Dead Sea is volume 4 of the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands, a collection of 17,600 high-resolution images of biblical sites and scenes. Other volumes in the collection include:For more information about the Pictorial Library of Bible Lands, go to: and the NorthSamaria and the CenterJerusalemNegev and the WildernessJordanEgyptLebanonEastern and Central TurkeyWestern TurkeyGreeceThe Greek IslandsCyprus and CreteItaly and MaltaRomeTrees, Plants, and Flowers of the Holy LandCultural Images of the Holy LandSigns of the Holy Land