Having spent the night on the Dead Sea, we will take a short drive to Masada.
Though this stronghold is not mentioned in the Bible, it was built as a fortress by King Herod the Great. After the destruction of Jerusalem in AD 70, a group of Jewish zealots made a final stand at Masada, which ended in them committing mass suicide rather than surrender to the Romans.
We continue north from Masada to En-gedi. En-gedi is known from Bible history because this is the cave where David cut off the hem of the garment worn by King Saul (1 Sam. 24:1). There is a beautiful park and waterfall there.
One also has a spectacular view of the Dead Sea from En-gedi.
Qumran: the Dead Sea Scrolls
Continuing north alongside the Dead Sea, you’ll be able to take some great photos/shots from the bus. We’ll arrive at Wadi Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found in 1947 in Cave 4. We will visit the museum on the site and also see the manuscripts at the Shrine of the Book in Jerusalem. The manuscripts found at Qumran changed the programs of studies of New Testament times.