As part of the Tel es-Sultan is the Elisha’s Spring Fountain, by which Jericho was once supplied with water. It still exists and continues to provide plentiful supplies of water. The fountain is shaded by a large fig tree. Enough water flows from this spring to irrigate the whole plain of Judea.
This is supposed to be Elisha’s Spring – the waters which Elisha healed.
2 Kings 2:19-22
New International Version (NIV)
Healing of the Water
19 The people of the city said to Elisha, “Look, our lord, this town is well situated, as you can see, but the water is bad and the land is unproductive.”
20 “Bring me a new bowl,” he said, “and put salt in it.” So they brought it to him.
21 Then he went out to the spring and threw the salt into it, saying, “This is what the Lord says: ‘I have healed this water. Never again will it cause death or make the land unproductive.’” 22 And the water has remained pure to this day, according to the word Elisha had spoken.
Also whilst we were at the Elisha Springs Fountain, a few from our group had their photos taken with local police who were having lunch at the Reserve.
For more information about Jericho
- 2014-04-04 – Galilee to Jerusalem via Jericho
- Jericho – Archaeological Digs
- Jericho – Elisha Springs Fountain
- Jericho – Fruit and Veg Shop
- Jericho – Sycamore Tree
- Jericho – Temptation Mount