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Dead Sea

 

What would a trip to Israel be without taking a dip in the famous Dead Sea? Following is some helpful info for helping you decide which beach is best for you.

 

Northern Beaches

 

The northern beaches are privately owned and charge a fee to enter, even if your stay is for a quick dip in the sea. They have more of the mud for skincare, the water is a little cooler, they have higher waves and a little less salt content. However, there is still plenty of salt, so you can float quite easily.

 

For health reasons, a strong warning is given regarding swallowing the saltwater in the Dead Sea. It has 7 times more salt than any other body of water in the world, and it’s easy to get salt poisoning if even a small amount of water is ingested.

 

All the beaches have changing rooms, restrooms, showers, and bathrooms. All have great places to eat at and shop. The northern beaches have gift shops, while the southern beaches have access to gift shops, but they’re not always right at the resorts.

 

1. Kalia Beach – Less waves, cheaper entrance fee.

 

2. Biankini Beach

 

3. Neve Midbar

 

4. Ein Gedi Hot Springs – More expensive entrance fees, natural hot mineral springs.

 

Southern Beaches

 

The southern beaches have a higher concentration of salt, are more turquoise in color, have more transparent water, are more gradual with fewer waves, are smoother, and are free as they are public beaches.

 

1. Ein Bokek Public Beach

 

2. Zohar Public Beach

 

3. Segregated Public Beach – This beach separates the men from the women for Jewish reasons.

Ziklag

 

While the exact location of biblical Ziklag is debated, most archaeologists now place it at Tel Ser'a (Tel esh-Shariah), which is in the southernmost area of Judea about 14 miles (23 km.) northwest of Tel Beer Sheba and about 15 miles (24 km.) east of Gaza. 

 

Ziklag is first mentioned in the Bible as part of the inheritance of the tribe of Judah (Josh. 15:31). It was allotted to the tribe of Simeon (within the tribe of Judah), but the Israelites apparently failed to conquer it because Ziklag was still under Philistine control when Saul reigned as king (Josh. 19:5).

 

Because for many years King Saul sought to harm David, David fled to Ziklag seeking refuge after the death of Samuel. As a result, he lived in Ziklag with six hundred men and their households in Philistine territory.

 

While living in Ziklag, David petitioned Achish, the Philistine king of Gath, to give him the city of Ziklag (1 Sam. 27:5–6). Achish consented and gave Ziklag to David.

 

During David’s rule over Ziklag, which lasted 16 months, he made it his military home base. From Ziklag, David raided many of the cities of the Amalekites. Because many soldiers from Israel were disappointed with Saul’s leadership, they joined forces with David’s private army during this time (1 Chron. 12:1–22). When war broke out between the Philistines and Israel during the reign of King Saul, David and his small army attempted to join the Philistine army to fight against Saul. However, the Philistine leaders rejected David and sent him away from the battle. While David and the Philistines were away, the Amalekites attacked Ziklag. They burned the city and took captive all the women, children, and the elderly. 

 

When David and his men returned to Ziklag, they found it had been destroyed by fire, and their families had been taken captive (1 Sam. 30:1–3). In response, David and his army pursued the Amalekites and recovered their families and possessions. (1 Sam. 30:16–31).

 

While David was living in Ziklag, he received the news of the defeat of Israel by the Philistines and Saul and Jonathan's deaths (2 Samuel 4:10). 

 

Ziklag remained in control of Israel from this point on and is last mentioned in the Bible as one of the cities the Jews inhabited after returning from exile in Babylon (Neh. 11:28).

 
 

Biblical Sites of Israel

 

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Antonia Fortress

Chapel of the Ascension: Ascension & Return of Christ

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Dominus Flevit Church: Triumphal Entry

Eastern Gate

 

Garden of Gethsemane

 

Garden Tomb: Resurrection of Christ

 

Gethsemane to Golgotha:

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Hezekiah's Broad Wall

 

Hinnom Valley Overview

 

House of Caiaphas: Peter's Denial of Christ

 

Kidron Valley: Judgment of God

 

Mary's Tomb

 

Mount of Olives Overview

 

Pater Noster Church: Lord's Prayer

Pilate's Palace: Trial of Jesus

Pool of Bethesda & St. Anne 

Church

 

Pool of Siloam

Prophecy, Proof the Bible Is True: Mount of Olives

 

Solomon's Temple

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Temple Southern Stairs

 

Temple Cleansing by Jesus

 

Temple & the Early Church

Tomb of the Prophets

 

The Upper Room

Via Dolorosa

 

History Of Jerusalem's Walls and Gates

 

Western Wall & Tunnels Tour

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Bethsaida

 

Calling of the Disciples

 

Capernaum Overview

 

Chorazin

 

Feeding of the 5,000

 

Jesus Walks on Water, Calms the Sea

 

Kursi: Demonic Man Healed

 

Magdala: Mary Magdalene

 

Mount Arbel: The Great Commission

Mount of Beatitudes

 

Sower's Cove: Parables of the Kingdom

 

Tabgha: Restoration of Peter

Yardenit Baptismal Site

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Beth Shean

Beth Shean Amphitheater

 

Caesarea Maritima

 

Caesarea Philippi

 

Cana: First Miracle of Jesus

Dan (City of Dan)

Gideon's Spring

Hazor

Jordan River Overview

Megiddo: Armageddon

 

Mount Carmel & Elijah

Mount Tabor: Transfiguration of Christ

 

Nazareth Overview

 

Nazareth: Church of Annunciation

 

Nazareth: Mt. Precipice

Sepphoris (Tsipori, Zippori)

 

Other Sites In Northern Israel

 

Central Israel Sites

 

Ai

 

Bethel

Beth-Shemesh

 

Emmaus Road 

 

Gezer: On Crossroads of the World

Gibeon - Nabi Samwil

 

Gilgal

Inn of the Good Samaritan

 

Jericho ~ Tell Es-Sultan

 

Joppa (Jaffa, Yafo) Overview

Jordan River: Crossing into the Promised Land

Jordan River Baptismal Site of Jesus (Qsar al-Yahud)

Judean Wilderness

Judean Wilderness: Testing of Jesus

Qumran: Dead Sea Scrolls

 

Samaria (Sabastia)

 

Shechem

Shechem: Jacob's Well

 

Shiloh: Center of Worship

St. George's Monastery (Wadi Qelt)

Valley of Elah: David & Goliath

Other Sites In Central Israel

Southern Israel Sites

Arad

Beer Sheba: The Patriarchs

 

Bethlehem Overview

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Bethlehem: David & the Psalms

Bethlehem: Herodian Fortress

 

Bethlehem: Naomi, Ruth, Boaz

 

Bethlehem: Shepherds' Field

En-Gedi: Living Waters

 

Exodus, Red Sea Crossing, Mt. Sinai

 

Hebron Overview

 

Kadesh Barnea

Lachish

 

Masada

 

Mount Sinai

 

Sodom & Gomorrah

 

Timnah: Life of Samson

Timna Park: Tabernacle, Moses

 

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