The Dead Sea
The Red Sea Riviera consists of the resort cities lying on the western shore of the Gulf of Aqaba and along the eastern shore of mainland Egypt south of the Gulf of Suez. This long stretch of coast line is referred to as the Red Sea Riviera. Listed in order of the most northern first:
|The Dead Sea is a large inland lake measuring about 50 miles long and 10 miles wide. It is located in Judea, in southeastern Israel, approximately 12 miles east of Jerusalem. It is known in the Bible as the Salt Sea mentioned in Genesis 14:3 and Numbers 34:12; the Sea of the Plain mentioned in Deuteronomy 3:17, Deuteronomy 4:49, and Joshua 3:16, East Sea mentioned in Ezekiel 47:18 and Joel 2:20 and Former Sea mentioned in Zechariah 14:8. In Arabic, its name is Bahr Lut, meaning “Sea of Lot.” Today, it forms part of the international boundary with the Kingdom of Jordan.At 1,300 feet below sea level, the Dead Sea is the deepest depression on the planet. It is also the saltiest and most mineral-laden in the world. The salt content of the Dead Sea has been measured as nearly ten times that of the world’s oceans. The high salinity allows nothing to live in its waters, except for a highly adaptive microorganism only recently discovered by scientists.The Jordan River is the main source of water for the Dead Sea, with a few small rivers also emptying into it. Despite the constant inflow, and the fact that it has no outlet, the level of the Dead Sea changes very little over the year. Daily 7 million tons of water evaporates but the minerals remain, causing the salt content to increase. Figures for the Dead Sea’s salinity today range from 26-35%.Despite its inhospitable setting, the Dead Sea is surrounded by a richness of biblical history. The Dead Sea is mentioned in the Old Testament mostly as a boundary. Its formation comes into discussion in the book of Genesis 14:3 where speaking of the kings against whom Cherdorlaomer fought, the text says: “All these were joined together in the vale of Siddim, which is the salt sea.” The Dead Sea also blocked traffic to Judah from the east. An advancing army of Ammonites and Jehoshaphat mentioned in 2 Chronicles 20:1-2.
In addition, the crossing area of the Gulf of Aqaba is more consistent with the scriptural account which describes it a crossing in deep waters. Remains of ancient chariot wheels have also been found, buried in the water and mud, consistent with Pharaoh’s army chariots swallowed by the waters.
This unique body of water is another proof that confirms in exact statements in the Bible a historical place that demonstrates how authentic the bible is. (From: How Authentic the Bible Is? | ADD Productions | 2004)
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