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So Abram went up from Egypt, he and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the Negev.  Now Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold. And he journeyed on from the Negev as far as Bethel, to the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Ai,  to the place where he had made an altar at the first; and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.
- Genesis 13:1-4    Also see | Camel Caravan | Jesus' 40 Days in the Wilderness of Judea | Wadi Qelt | Dead Sea | Qumran  | Masada | 

Overlooking the Arava Valley in the Negev region

Arava Valley looking towards Jordan

Acacia tree nestled in a narrow valley of the Negev

a rare pool supplied by rain water
The Negev is a desolate, unpopulated area comprising more than half of Israel. One can visit Abraham's well at the Beer Sheva stream bed, see the Nabatean Spice Route used  for centuries by camel caravans, & if observant spot numerous wild life & plants that populate the desert.
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