Numerous passages make reference to the wilderness of Judea. John the baptizer, the herald who prepared the Jewish people for Jesus coming, preached in the Wilderness of Judah (Matt. 3:1, CSB; “the Desert of Judea,” NIV).
Jesus was led of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by Satan (Mt. 4:1).
A frequent reaction when folks see for the first time photos of this area is to say, “That’s not at all what I had imagined it to be.”
I never tire of seeing this portion of the Bible lands; it is fascinating to me. This photo, taken just days ago, shows the wilderness of Judea at sea level.