Photo Friday: The Bible’s Wild Goats

Stand for Israel  |  July 2, 2021

Ibex in Ein Gedi, biblical Crags of Wild Goats
(Photo: instagram/israelinusa)

“After Saul returned from pursuing the Philistines, he was told, ‘David is in the Desert of En Gedi.’ So Saul took three thousand able young men from all Israel and set out to look for David and his men near the Crags of the Wild Goats.” (1 Samuel 24:1-2)

The above Bible verses begin a story many of you surely know. As King Saul hunts for David, he finds him “near the Crags of the Wild Goats,” where David spares Saul’s life in a cave there.

This photograph taken in the Holy Land and shared by the Embassy of Israel, comes to us from Ein Gedi. And it features an ibex, the biblical wild goat the very caves were named for, looking out over the Dead Sea, much the same as it might have looked in Saul and David’s time. Isn’t it wonderful when the Bible comes to life? Shabbat shalom, friends.

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