The Dead Sea in the Holy Land
Bordered by Jordan to the east and Palestine to the west, the Dead Sea is one of the world’s saltiest bodies of water. In Arabic, it is called Al-Bahr al-Mayyit which literally translates to “the dead sea”. It has a surface of around 430 metres below sea level, which is the lowest point on earth. Unfortunately, the Dead Sea is receding at an alarming rate.
Why is it called the Dead Sea?
The concentration of dissolved salts in water makes it impossible for any kind of plants or animals to survive. The seawater has a density of 1.24 kg/litre which is 9.6 times as salty as the ocean. This is what makes swimming in one-of-a-kind experience. People instantaneously float on the surface as soon as they step into the salty water! Almost anyone can easily float without sinking!
The Dead Sea has attracted pilgrims from all around the world for thousands of years. It was one of the world's first health resorts for Herod the Great. Aristotle, The Queen of Sheba, Solomon, and Cleopatra also knew the therapeutic and medicinal benefits of the sea. The salt and the minerals from the Dead Sea make exceptional cosmetics and herbal sachets. However, the Palestinian economy is unable to benefit from Dead Sea chemicals due to restricted access and permit issues.
Olive Oil Soaps with “Dead Sea Mud” are available on our online store! They are handmade in Nabuls, Palestine from extra-virgin olive oil and authentic Dead Sea mud! It gives the skin strength, flexibility, and purity; Helps to get rid of blackheads and acne; and are full of vitamins E and A!
Unlike the Sea of Galilee, the Dead Sea doesn’t have a prominent role in the biblical narratives.
In Hebrew, the Dead Sea is called Yam ha-Melaḥ, which literally means "sea of salt" (Genesis 14:3). The Bible uses this term alongside two others: the Sea of the Arabah and the Eastern Sea.
Ezekiel has prophesied that one day the Dead Sea will be fresh water.
The Dead Sea Do’s and Don'ts:
1) Don’t drink its water or let touch your eyes.
2) Do float.
3) Do wear water shoes. The buildup of the salt and minerals on the rocks along the sea floor creates sharp edges that could cut!
4) Don’t go in the water with an open wound.
5) Do bathe in its waters and smear its mud on your skin. However, don’t forget to rinse off after.
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