Land of the Bible: Wadi Qelt: the road from Jerusalem to Jericho

Mar 17, 15 • Geography, Luke, Psalms2 CommentsRead More »

In this video we visit the Wadi Qelt, the gorge that cuts down into the steep Judean Hills and so provided a passable route in ancient times between Jericho (in the Jordan Valley and Jerusalem in the hills). We’ll begin near the Ein Prat (Prat Spring) and passing the monastery head down towards the opening into the valley below Jericho.

The post here focuses this journey (in the other direction) on Jesus’ travel to Jerusalem before Palm Sunday.

Here are the Notes that I give to people doing Land of the Bible as a live “course” in church.

The video would not be possible without resources from others. Short flash lood clips are used to point you towards the full videos by: Guy Shachar and Eyal Bartov
these are essential viewing for anyone interested in reading Psalm 23

The Helicopter video from is used by express permission, they offer brilliant resources for studying the Bible in context.

The shot of the Nahal Prat is from SuperJew on Wikimedia.



2 Responses to Land of the Bible: Wadi Qelt: the road from Jerusalem to Jericho

  1. A lovely reminder of our trip in 2010 – thanks. Those wadi floods are not exactly ‘still waters’. I was thinking more of the contrast expressed in Psalm 42, like as the hart desireth the waterbrooks… but one book (Goulder on the Psalms) I read theorizes that the Elohist Psalms arise from the North in Dan around mount Hermon rather than the southern gorges. I think of them as being a metaphor for the Exile where the Name could not be used due to distance from Jerusalem – (well, maybe).

    • Tim Bulkeley says:

      Somehow I missed this comment, (a glitch in the system?) I rather like Goulder’s argument concerning the northern origin of some (Zion?) psalms. But then I like the thought of Scripture sometimes reusing and repurposing old texts.

      The “northern” texts about water are easier for NZ readers to understand, the ones set in the dry “pastures” of the Judean wilderness are less easy for people here to intuit.