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Lose Yourself in the Majesty of the Judean Desert

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Near the Judean Desert and the monasteries is one of the most important sites in Christianity, the Baptism site on the Jordan River, where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist.

Very few places in the Holy Land still remain unspoiled, but this stop sure does. Bordered by the Dead Sea on the east and the Mountains of Judeau on the west, you find the calming presence of the Judean Desert. Don’t let its size fool you; the Judean Desert is only 580 square miles, but host to countless hikes, monasteries and teaming with natural beauty.

One of the best sites to view the breathtaking landscape of the Judean Desert is near St. George’s Monastery. This vantage point allows you take in the vast, almost untouched beauty that the desert has to offer. You can’t help but sit here and imagine this land just as it was thousands of years ago. In addition to St. George’s there are countless monasteries along the way.

O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you; my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water. I have seen you in your sanctuary and gazed upon your power and glory. Your unfailing love is better than life itself; how I praise you! I will praise you as long as I live, lifting up my hands to you in prayer. You satisfy me more than the richest feast. I will praise you with songs of joy. (Psalm 63:1-5 NLT)

What a beautiful image of trust and unfailing love in one of life’s challenges. Pick up your Bible and read through Psalm 63 and connect with these feelings David had. Whether you’re going through a small obstacle in your life or the battle of a lifetime, reflect on these verses. Trust in God’s ultimate plan as David did and know all things shall pass.

The Judean desert is full of majestic landscapes, such as mountains, cliffs, riverbeds, and deep canyons. Ancient rivers have created incredible canyons up to 1,600 feet deep. You won’t be disappointed with anything you do in the Judean desert. Enjoy hiking, bicycle riding, and even camping under the stars just as followers of Jesus did in Biblical times. 

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