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Engedi

also known as: En Gedi

Meaning: fountain (spring) of the kid

a place in the wilderness of Judah (Joshua 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 (Joshua 15:62; 1 Samuel 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.

Archaeologists have found this ancient place. The water of a spring here provided an oasis that sustained life.