New Archaeological Discoveries May Lead to Sodom and Gomorrah
For many years, people have speculated about the location of Sodom and Gomorrah and the “Cities of the Plains”. However, new evidence seems to confirm that the city of Tall el-Hammam was once the Biblical city of Sodom and Gomorrah. Head archaeologist for the excavation of Tall el-Hammam, Dr. Collins’ new evidence is listed below. This evidence can be explored on Jordan and Israel tours that examine Biblical archeology for those who want to actually view the ancient site. Guests on our Extensive Israel & Jordan tour in April of 2016 will even view the pillar that is believed to be Lot’s wife! Now, let’s explore why we think Tall el-Hammam is Sodom and Gomorrah:
First, we know that the Lord and his two angels visited Abraham in Sodom and Gomorrah to destroy the cities because of the evil ways of their people (kidnapping and raping of young boys in particular). Amidst the excavation, Dr. Collins found Minoan pottery. The Minoan culture had a custom where older men would abduct young boys and rape them as a type of right-of-passage. Although the research is continuous, this evidence gives us a strong lead that the two cities are similar, if not the same. Next, we look at an incredible meteor air explosion that demolished the city that lay below it. Evidence of a meteor explosion includes the finding of Trinitite (glasslike substances formed from the melting of sand) on the back of a pottery shard, a half meter of thick dark ash surrounding the gate area and scattered human bones that suggest the people of Tall el-Hammam were literally blown to pieces. A meteor of this magnitude would ultimately create a vortex or a whirling mass of fire that ends with matter being rained back down to land. Genesis 19:24, 27-28 states:
“Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens… And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord. Then he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land which went up like the smoke of a furnace.”
CThe massive explosion could also explain the turning of Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt. As the group fled the city along the shore of the Dead Sea, the saltiest body of water on the planet, the impact of the explosion would cause all land to be coated with a thick layer of salt. The hesitation of Lot’s wife would leave her dead on impact, encased in salt. Finally, there is geographical evidence that’s consistent with Genesis 13:10-12 which says,
“And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain (kikkar) of Jordan…”
Kikkar is another word for “disc” and the excavation site literally looks like a disc. Additionally, Sodom and Gomorrah must be located east of Bethel & Ai. Genesis 13:10-12 describes how Lot travels east from Bethel/Ai, as far as Sodom. By starting at Bethel/Ai and traveling to the eastern end of the kikkar disc, we would arrive at Tall el-Hammam.
The evidence we’ve gained from the Minoan pottery, meteor blast, and simply geographical location all points to Tall el-Hammam as the location of the infamous cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. Those who disagree with the correlation, merely chose to ignore the evidence as a whole. With no supporting facts denying Tall el-Hammam as the Biblical location, it’s hard to disagree with Dr. Collins and his findings.
If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Collins and his excavations, you can read about it here or here.
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