Climbing Cave One – the road by which I went.

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 - February 2011
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 is 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 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, and as the saying goes, "the rest is history."
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, was the 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.
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" believed penned by the Essenes.  They were religious sect or brotherhood from the Second Temple Judaism time period. Approximately AD 73.
“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 to really be "playing" to miss a goat wandering up these hills!
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 younger days.
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.
For myself, 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.
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.

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 enjoyedthe road by which I went.

Jeremiah 31:21 (ESV)

Author: DeniseBalog

Author and Photographer who enjoys writing about Jesus and sharing photographs to illuminate His beauty.

18 thoughts on “Climbing Cave One – the road by which I went.”

      1. We were plan to leave out on Tuesday the 19th. A month or so ago, our beloved “travel” guide got down on her back. We are praying she will be blessed to return, in His timing, for a “farewell” trip. Traveling over 50 years, and 60 plus times. Her suitcase is ever packed and ready for the next flight out! Our God is all about doing what seems impossible to us, as and the desire of our hearts. Faithful to minister to bring seeking pilgrims to the Holy Land, one more trip waits to be planned:)

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    1. Happy New Year Stephanae! Yes, traveling to the Holy Land was a life changing experience. I completely understand the saying, “Until next year in Jerusalem!” Thank you for stopping by for a visit! Blessings:)

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Chris:) I must admit, as we climbed closer to the dark holes of the caves, this “Philly” girl started to get a bit worried:) Our Guide certainly went over and beyond on providing us with a memorial journey. Thank you for your words. I am going to gradually work through the 2011 journal and photos, then see what the 2014 trip held in store:) blessings, denise

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  1. Enjoyed the road by which you travelled. Certainly pictures paint a thousand words. A great journey. I hope you are able to return. Please check out http://www.Marranga-Limga some time. I would value your thoughts. One story is ‘out there’ but 2016 has given me the Godly inspiration to bring the story into the 21st century. It is a story of a generational God. (Like the past and the Holy Land…….God is a generational God). Can I do It? Only He can give me the inspiration….fiction yes…but even Jesus told His stories in parables. Thank you for you blog.

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    1. Hello Faye:) Thank you for your lovely comment. I will check out the link. Yes, I think you can do it. The Scripture that comes to mind when reading your “comment”. My paraphrasing, He gives us the desire, the will and His power to do what He plans. New T Scripture, but I think a bit of Isaiah in there at the end:) Will be happy to read..thank you again for your friendship and encouraging comments. denise

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