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En-Gedi
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is the oasis on the western shore of the Dead Sea. Its combination of a warm climate and plentiful water (En, construct of ‘Ayin/עַיִן, “spring”) has long offered ideal living conditions for people, a few animals (including panthers, cliff badgers, ibexes [Heb. gedi, “goat”), and plants (wine, henna [Song 1:14], dates [Sir 24:14], balsam [Jos. Ant. IX 7; Bell. IV 468; Pliny, Naturalis historia 12.113; Šabb. 26a]). A pilgrimage sanctuary with a walled-in court and a large main room (20 × 5 m) was located near the spring as early as the 4th mille…

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Dietrich, Walter, “En-Gedi”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 26 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_04335>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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