View category Rift Valley
The Rift Valley: A rip in the earth's crust, caused by the separation of Asia from Africa, extends about 4000 miles from Turkey to southern Africa, reaching its deepest point – indeed, the deepest on the face of the earth – at the Dead Sea, 418 meters below sea level. The dramatic landscape is connected to dramatic stories: the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Joshua's conquest of Jericho, and the final days of the Jewish rebels on Masada. The rift hosted visions of redemption. Here the Baptist did his work: where the waters had parted for the Israelites and later for Elijah, the heavens parted for Jesus. Here too the sectarians of Qumran propounded their vision of the end of days.

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