History

Ein Gedi (literally ‘Spring of the Kid’, as in ‘young goat’) was first settled during the Chalcolithic Age (5000 years ago), when people just out of the Stone Age built a temple here. In the Bible, David fled to Ein Gedi to escape the wrath of Saul (I Samuel 23:29), and the oasis has a cameo role in the love poetry of the Song of Songs (1:14): ‘My beloved is to me as a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of Ein Gedi’. More recently, the erotic waterfall scene in one of Brooke Shields' worst movies, Sahara (1983), was filmed at Ein Gedi.