Discoveries and monastic life in the desert of Judea

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Discoveries and monastic life in the desert of Judea

Near Jerusalem and the Dead Sea, the
Judaean desert has preserved
archaeological treasures and precious
testimonies of religious life for centuries.

A place away from urbanization, suitable for meditation and silence: completely arid areas which alternate with lush oases, the desert of Judea preserves natural and historical riches.

Along the way, we were able to observe a special combination: on one side desert landscapes and on the other the Dead Sea. This is the lowest point on earth: about 400 meters below sea level.

Hills acquire different colors and shapes every time: rock formations carved by time.

In addition to preserving the unsurpassed natural beauty, the site has also treasured a collection of manuscripts of the Bible, whose finding is considered one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the twentieth century.

In the Qumran archaeological site, 40 km from Jerusalem, scrolls of all of the Old Testament books, except that of Esther, were found. These texts, known as the Dead Sea Scrolls, date back to the third century BC and the first century of the Christian era. The first accidental discovery of the scrolls was made by a young Bedouin in 1947.

2016-11-22T19:21:23+00:00November 22nd, 2016|Categories: News from the Holy Land|0 Comments