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Neot Kedumim Park: Biblical Landscape Reserve in Israel Through The Years

By    |   Wednesday, 27 May 2015 05:13 PM

Neot Kedumim is the famed Israel Biblical Landscape Reserve located between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. It is “where you can see and experience the Land of the Bible as it was during the time of the Bible,” its website states.

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The Reserve covers more than 620 acres, all filled with plants and infrastructure to recreate the terrain of 2,000 years in the past. It replicates famous locations of the Bible such as “the Forest of Milk and Honey, Dale of the Song of Songs, Isiah’s Vineyard, and the Fields of the Seven Spices.”

Returning the landscape to a 2,000 year-old replica took nearly 80 years. The idea originated in 1924 when Ephraim and Hannah Hareuveni proposed to establish a “Garden of the Prophets and Sages,” the website said.

Planning and design began in 1927, but it wasn’t until the 1970s that major work began on the reserve. The organization worked hard. In describing the reserve’s transformation, they said, “Thousands of tons of soil were truck in and spread on the eroded hillsides, reservoirs were dug to catch runoff rainwater, and ancient terraces were restored.”

The reserve encompasses a wide variety of climates too. They created habitats “for such varied species as cedars from the snow-covered mountains of Lebanon and date palms from Sinai desert oases.”

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Now, the reserve is open to the public with four self-guided tours, as well as open for Bar and Bat Mitzvahs. They also offer faith-based tours for religious groups.

A favorite of visitors is the “Abraham’s Tent,” where lunch is sometimes served that represents only kosher cuisine from Biblical times, Haaretz reported.

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