Tom Wachs/Israel Department of Antiquities and Museums

Fenced path crossing a wadi bed. This path, still in use today, crosses a wadi where Arab fellahin grow olive trees. The Arabic term wadi and its Hebrew equivalent nahal are used interchangeably throughout Israel. Both terms refer to a dry stream bed or small river common to Israel and the surrounding regions. A wadi may be a gully or a deep canyon; during the winter months it may become a raging torrent for a few hours, or even days, or, rarely, it may be a small stream along all or part of its course. The American equivalent is arroyo.