Dead Sea

Dead Sea scrolls scholar dies after cancer battle

By Anna Sheinman, May 17, 2013

The man who translated the Dead Sea scrolls has died of cancer, aged 88.

Professor Geza Vermes was one of the first scholars to study the scrolls when they were discovered in 1947, and wrote the standard English translation.

As professor emeritus of Jewish studies at Oxford, he was also known for his research into the Jewishness of Jesus.


Dead Sea Scrolls professor dies

By Anna Sheinman, May 10, 2013

Dead Sea Scrolls professor Geza Vermes has died aged 88 of cancer.

Prof Vermes was the Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at Oxford, best known for his work on the Dead Sea Scrolls and the Jewishness of Jesus.


Welcome to the Dead Sea riviera

By Anthea Gerrie, April 26, 2012

A massive investment is to be made in Israel's side of the Dead Sea to create a gleaming new beach-front-style resort.

When complete, it will emulate the spas and hotels on the opposite shore which are at the heart of Jordan's tourism success.

Last month, the Knesset decided to make the area a national tourism priority, with an investment of NIS 850 million over the next five years.


'Stingy Jew' game taken off TV site

By Benjamin Weinthal, March 22, 2012

The Dutch public broadcasting network VPRO removed an antisemitic computer game from its website last week after coming under strong criticism.

The game, "The Settlers of the West Bank", based on the multi-player hit "The Settlers of Catan", was offered as a download on the VPRO site.

Players of the Dutch game can use a "Jewish stinginess" card or "the Anne Frank card" to colonise the West B


Dead Sea dip could help diabetes patients

By Netta Geist, November 7, 2011

New research suggests the Dead Sea can do wonders not only for your skin, but for diabetes patients as well.

A recent study published by Ben Gurion university shows that a single dip in Dead Sea water reduces blood glucose levels for type 2 diabetes patients by 13.5 per cent.


Israelis get naked for Tunick's Dead Sea photo

By Jennifer Lipman, September 19, 2011

More than 1,200 unclothed Israelis flooded the Dead Sea at the weekend in the name of art.

After more than a year of work, Spencer Tunick finally achieved his dream of photographing an installation at the lowest point on earth.

The Jewish artist, whose father is Israeli, has photographed scenes at landmark locations including the Swiss Alps.


Tunick in Israel for naked Dead Sea photo

By Jennifer Lipman, September 15, 2011

A Jewish artist is set to realise his dream of taking thousands of unclothed people to the shore of the Dead Sea and photographing them.


Hall of Fame: Bar Refaeli

August 15, 2011

"Muddy but feels good!! DEAD SEA - If you haven’t been… well, sucks for you."


IDF thwarts Dead Sea weapons smuggling attempt

By Jennifer Lipman, July 25, 2011

Israel has intercepted a motor boat on the Dead Sea to stop two Palestinians who were transferring weapons.

According to the IDF spokespersons unit, a "weapons smuggling attempt" on a Palestinian boat was thwarted on Monday morning. The boat was on the way to Israel from Jordan,


Funding plea for Spencer Tunick's Naked Sea Israel project

By Jennifer Lipman, May 5, 2011

Artist Spencer Tunick has launched an online appeal for sponsorship and support so he can carry out his planned "Naked Sea" installation project at Israel's Dead Sea.

Mr Tunick, known around the world for photographing of large groups of nude figures at popular locations including Caracas, Sydney and the Swiss Alps, said he hoped to raise £36,000 by June 6.