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Re: Above/Below Engedi

Folks:  In a translation of Pliny I find the following: "On the west side the
Essenes avoid the baleful shoreline.  Below them lay the town of Engedi once
second only to Jerusalem in fertility and palm groves, now simply a second
sepulchre.  Then comes the rock fort of Masada . . . ."  Why is it the
"below" in this context is taken to mean "south of."  I understand that when
one talks of going to Jerusalem he/she may say that " I am going up to
Jesusalem" even if may be geographically located north, south, east or west
of Jerusalem.  Is it unreasonable to speculate that "below" may mean "at a
lower elevation?"  I suppose that if Essenes were involved in agricultre that
might be part of the answer.  Mark Dunn