Ein Gedi is Israel’s largest oasis off the western shore of the Dead Sea. Inhabited as early as the Chalcolithic period in the fourth millennium BCE, En-gedi is mentioned in the biblical narrative of the pursuit of David by King Saul. Beginning in the 7th century BCE, Ein Gedi was almost continuously settled for some 1,400 years. During the excavations (1961–1965) at Tel Goren, the ancient mound of Ein Gedi, strata were exposed from the end of the First Temple period (late 7th century BCE) until the end of the Second Temple period (1st century CE). No one is better qualified than Hanan Eshel, with his vast experience in the field, wide historical knowledge and superb scholarship, to tell the full story of Ein Gedi
Hanan Eshel (1958-2010) was a world-renowned expert in the archaeology and history of both the First and Second Temple periods. He received bachelor’s, and master’s degrees, and PhD from the University of Jerusalem. He was Professor at Harvard University and Bar-Ilan University, and also headed research expeditions to Qumran, excavated refuge caves in the Ein Gedi area, and oversaw a survey of the caves along the fault cliff between Qumran and Ein Gedi . His research interests included most prominently the Dead Sea Scrolls, the settlement at Qumran, the Bar-Kokhba Revolt, numismatics and historical geography.