The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary
by Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich
15. NEAR ANIM. THE LAST INN IN THE REGION OF HEROD.
The last place where the Holy Family sheltered in Herod's territory was
not far from a town on the edge of the desert, a few hours' journey
from the Dead Sea. Its name sounded like Anem or Anim. They stopped at
a solitary house which was an inn for those traveling through the
desert. There were several huts and sheds on a hill, and some wild
fruit grew round them. The inhabitants seemed to me to be
camel-drivers, for they kept a number of camels in enclosed meadows.
They were rather wild people and had been given to robbery, but they
received the Holy Family well and showed them hospitality. In the
neighboring town there were also many disorderly people who had settled
there after fighting in the wars. Among the people in the inn was a man
of twenty called Reuben.