Day 5. Biblical Tamar Park

A 55-acre archaeology dig
30 miles south of the Dead Sea

The park is part of the heritage the Lord gave Abraham.1Exodus 6:8 The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has given Blossoming Rose the responsibility of restoring and maintaining the 55 acres as a national site for archeology and education. The many Blossoming Rose volunteers make it all happen. At Biblical Tamar Park we work, learn, and explore.


Enjoy helping things grow? You might want to monitor or repair the irrigation system which sustains hundreds of palms, olives, mangos — even cactus, and bougainvillea. In this desert, every plant is connected to irrigation lines, with automatic drippers that release a measured amount of water on schedule.

Or you might use this kind of skill:

  • Paint a building.
  • Replace a floor or a roof.
  • Remodel a guest trailer.2Learn to say “caravan.”

Our work is an important way to bless the Israeli people and the Land.3Genesis 12:3 So, whatever we do, we do it all for the glory of God (1 Corinthians 10:31).


Our days at the park give us unique opportunities to learn about Israel’s history. Each day we schedule discussions about the strategic location of this ancient site.

Did Elijah visit Tamar? As Dr. DeWayne Coxon guides us step-by-step through the seven historical periods of Biblical Tamar Park, he shows how Elijah could have walked here in 874 BC.

Yet as you approach the open fire in the sukkah, you might want to think twice about joining the Elijah Search Party as it designs a shingle to hang at the door: “Elijah Stepped Here.”


The park holds a certain beauty which grew on me during the years I lived here.

Make time to hike to the top of Prayer Mountain for a sunset. Do sit under the ancient jujube — one of the oldest trees in Israel. A few Blossoming Rose diehards will tell you it is over 2,000 years old, and even most Israelis will say, over 500. Join a walking tour of the many fascinating archaeological ruins. And look up every evening, for the sun goes down, and the sky is ours.

I hope during our few days here, the certain beauty of Tamar grows on you, too.

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