On our way to Masada, we stopped at En Gedi. Once again, we stepped back in time.

Ein Gedi
Source: Google Maps

First, the biblical story and then a couple of cool videos.

1 Samuel 24:1–4 “When Saul returned from following the Philistines, he was told, ‘Behold, David is in the wilderness of Engedi.’ Then Saul took three thousand chosen men out of all Israel and went to seek David and his men in front of the Wildgoats’ Rocks. And he came to the sheepfolds by the way, where there was a cave, and Saul went in to relieve himself. Now David and his men were sitting in the innermost parts of the cave. And the men of David said to him, ‘Here is the day of which the Lord said to you, “Behold, I will give your enemy into your hand, and you shall do to him as it shall seem good to you.” ‘ Then David arose and stealthily cut off a corner of Saul’s robe.”

Here are some videos I took.

This first one was of some Nubian Ibexes in a tree. I had never before seen an animal with hoofs climb a tree so easily. As I pan to the left, you can see the mountains that David may have hidden in to get away from Saul.

In this next and final video, I continue to show the mountains. When I pan to the left and the parking lot becomes visible, you will notice that I zoom in for a closer view. Unfortunately, it is not nearly as clear on video as it was to the naked eye but I was zooming in for a view of the Dead Sea that was only a few miles away.