Journal Entry – 2/22/11 – 3:30 p.m. 28 degrees C or 82.4 degrees F
“Just climbed the side of the mountain, across from Mt. Nebo where Moses had his last look at the Promise Land. The Caves where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.”
The sun was beginning to go down as our bus pulled up to the area where the first of the Dead Sea Scrolls were found. Cave 1 area.
The story as told, in approximately 1946-1947, two shepherd boys were tending their sheep. As “boys will be boys” while playing lost one of their sheep. So in search, they climbed these hills.
The boys concerned for wild animals, possible hyenas and such, threw a rock into the cave.
The rock hit something sounding like a “jar” breaking. This area, Cave 1, is part first find of the hidden scrolls believed penned by the Essenes prior to the Roman advance on their community, The Roman ultimate destination was Masada.
“Cave 1” is one of the 11 locations (to date) where “clay jars” where found containing “scrolls”. The Essenes were a religious sect or brotherhood from the Second Temple Judaism time period. Approximately AD 73.
Our group may appear to be pausing for “photos”, but really, we were out of breath! It looked a lot closer to reach from the bottom! Those shepherd boys would have had to really be “playing” to miss a goat or a sheep wandering up these hills!
The area of the Caves is on the northwest shore of the Dead Sea of Sea of Salt. Climbing these hills brought a rush of memories of climbing the Appalachian mountains in Pennsylvania in my youth.
Turning and looking across to see Mt. Nebo, where Moses would have stood looking toward the Promise Land (Cave 1 location is only a few miles south of Jericho where Joshua and the Israelites crossed over the Jordan) really gave me the sensation of having stepped into the Bible.
“Go up this mountain of Abarim, Mount Nebo,
which is in the land of Moab, opposite Jericho,
and view the land of Cannaan, which I AM
giving to the people of Israel for a possession.”
Deuteronomy 32:49 (ESV)
I wonder if “Indiana” would have felt this way when he turned around and realized where he had just climbed? Climbing a part of history itself! Photo is looking back towards the Dead Sea.
Blessed to returned in March 2014
to Qumran for an actual visit of the
Essene Community site.
I hope you enjoyed … the road by which I went.
Jeremiah 31:21 (ESV)