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“WHEN ALL THE PEOPLE WITNESSED THE THUNDER AND LIGHTNING,
THE SOUND OF THE SHOFAR, AND THE MOUNTAIN SMOKING,
THEY WERE AFRAID AND TREMBLED AND STOOD AT A DISTANCE"
EXODUS 20
 

  • Have you ever been caught in a flash flood in the Judean wilderness?
    Mary Pickens, Clarksdale, Mississippi
YES!  The most memorable to date was in April 2006.  Most of the winter rain fell during a 48 hour period.  In the midst of it all, with our destination the Dead Sea south of Masada, my group and I were trapped for four hours at Qumran.  Flash floods closed the road to the north and to the south.  We couldn’t even get to Qalya, the kibbutz next to Qumran, for the road was strewn by rocks, carried along by the surging water.  The upside was that we witnessed a waterfall crashing over the Judean cliffs where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found.  At the crack of thunder, I had a sense of what it must have been like to witness the magnificence of God’s glory at the foot of Mount Sinai.
 

View from Qumran during a flash flood

Photo:  Courtesy of David Schlaegel

Flash flood at Qumran, April 2006

 
Here’s what my tour leader, Kevin Saunders from Chandler, Arizona, wrote about our experience,
 

“In my pre-trip orientation, I foolishly predicted perfect weather for our trip.  I told the assembled travelers that by the time we arrive in Israel the spring rains will have ended and we would enjoy sunshine every day.  I believed my own press and did not pack any rain gear myself and that turned out to be a mistake of nearly Biblical proportions!

Early in the morning on the day we were to depart from Jerusalem the heavens opened and a freak thunderstorm rolled through the city. Thunder, lightening, and rain, rain, rain came pouring out of the sky.  We boarded our brand new Mercedes motor coach and headed for what we hoped would be dry climates in the Jordan rift valley, the lowest place on earth, a locale where a mere one to two inches of rain fall annually."

Flash flood in the Judean wilderness

Photo:  Courtesy of Sister Clare Sweeney

Flash flood in the Judean Wilderness

 

Washed out road by Qumran

Photo:  Courtesy of Susan Vandergrift

Washed-out road by Qumran

 

"As we traveled down toward Jericho the rain showers let up, but the run-off from the heights was surging through and beyond the banks of normally dry river beds on either side of the road.  As we arrived in the Jericho area, and made our turn south toward the Dead Sea, our progress was stopped just at the entrance to the ancient site of Qumran, famous as the site where the Dead Sea Scrolls were discovered.  We learned that the road south had washed away in the run-off from the hills above.

When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade.  With that thought in mind, we pulled into Qumran and made an unscheduled visit to the site and were treated to an amazing sight: a waterfall cascading down and off the cliffs some 2,000 feet above the site.  As the water raged and poured down in a series of seven waterfalls, we knew why the road to the Dead Sea was washed away."

Extraordinary waterfall opposite Qumran

Photo:  Courtesy of David Schlaegel

Extraordinary waterfall opposite Qumran

 

"After a couple of hours of waiting for the rising tide to dissipate and a lovely impromptu wine tasting session in the Qumran gift shop, we boarded the bus and made our way back.  We were forced to take the long way back through Jerusalem and then south through the coastal plain, past the site where David fought Goliath and then through the southern city of Beersheba.  It was a wonderful trip as Biblical history could be seen and imagined all along the way."

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Read about the Discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in "Shepherds, Scholars and Scrolls."
 
If you're interested in "who's who" of the Dead Sea Scrolls, see "The Dead Sea Scrolls from A to Z".
 
Ask Gila how flashfloods helped the defenders of Masada.
 
Read about "Gila on the Mike" or what Tour Leaders say about Gila.


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