Masada, the Dead Sea, and a Jeep Adventure (Including the Mar Saba Monastery!)

After the camel ride, our next stop was Masada, the mountaintop fortress near the Dead Sea which was created by the Hasmoneans, expanded and developed by Herod the Great, and occupied by Jewish fighters in the war against Rome.

 

 

From there, after having lunch, we traveled to the Dead Sea where the students enjoyed floating and covering themselves in the mud.

 

 

Finally, some of us went on a jeep adventure into the Judaean desert, which unknown to me until we set off would include a site that I have long wanted to visit: the Mar Saba Monastery.

 

 

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  • According to Wikipedia:

    Mar Saba is where Morton Smith claimed to have found a copy of a letter ascribed to Clement of Alexandria containing excerpts of a so-called Secret Gospel of Mark.

    According to Wikipedia:

    A mud bath is a bath of mud, commonly from areas where hot spring
    water can combine with volcanic ash. Mud baths have existed for
    thousands of years, and can be found now in high-end spas in many countries of the world. ( A photo of a mud-covered man in the Dead Sea is included in this description.)

    The camel rides! http://fromindianapolistoisrael.blogspot.com/

    You guys are having too much fun for college students!  Well maybe not. 😉