The Dead Sea

View of salt formations on the Dead Sea shore. Photo by Doron Horowitz/FLASH90

The Dead Sea is located on the border between Israel and Jordan. It is situated between the hills of Judea to the west and the Transjordanian plateaus to the east. The Dead Sea is a terminal lake, with no natural outlet, and no longer fed by the Jordan River or its tributaries. It is one of earth’s saltiest bodies of water and is the lowest point on earth.

People have visited the Dead Sea for thousands of years as the salts and minerals were thought to have healing properties.


the southern kingdom of Judah during the divided monarchy or what later became the larger province under imperial control

The Transjordan is the region east of the Jordan River in the Southern Levant, described in Numbers 34:15 as home to the tribes of Gad, Reuben, and half of Manasseh. The Transjordan was also home to the Ammonites and the Moabites.

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