Category Archives: History

The History of the Dead Sea

Our group had a fun and informative final session for 2012 in our “Going Places” class Wednesday evening. The focus was on the Dead Sea, Qumran, and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Here are a couple of interesting links related to the Dead Sea’s history.

First is an article in the “popular science” genre that discusses the historically drastic changes in the Dead Sea’s water level: “A Dry Dead Sea Before Biblical Times.”

Second is an animated map that shows the estimated changes in the size of the Dead Sea as compared to its present level, beginning in about 3300 B.C.: “The Dead Sea: A History of Change.”

Third, Wayne Stiles offers a helpful look at the uniqueness of the Dead Sea, including its unique history and future from a biblical perspective: The Dead Sea Will Live Again

Of course, on the subject of the Dead Sea Scrolls, be sure not to miss the exhibit at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dead Sea Scrolls and the Bible. It runs through January 13, 2013.

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The Must-See Fortress of Masada

A real archaeological and visual highlight on our trip to the Holy Land will no doubt be the Herodian fortress along the Dead Sea known as Masada. Wayne Stiles has an excellent article with some outstanding photos of the site and some devotional reflections: Masada: A Place of Sanctuary, Suicide, and Inspiration. This is good background for our visit as well as for general information about a breathtaking and key historical site.