“Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens. So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground…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.” (Genesis 19:24-25, 27-28)
Scientific Evidence for Sodom and Gomorrah?
Scientists believe that the destruction of the cities Sodom and Gomorrah from the bible may not only be accurate but that they may have found a probable cause for the 2 cities’ destruction.
Sputnik writes, “According to the Bible, the ancient cities, thought to have been located on the Dead Sea, were wiped away by God for the sinful behavior of their people. The preliminary findings of US scientists suggest that this region witnessed a major calamity almost 4 thousand years ago, which left it uninhabited for centuries. Archaeologists from Trinity Southwest University, a Christian higher educational institution in Albuquerque, New Mexico, have claimed civilization in the Dead Sea region was destroyed 3,700 years ago following a meteor explosion in the atmosphere. During the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research in Denver, Colorado, scholar Phillip Silvia reported the preliminary findings of their excavations in the area, which some scientists consider to be home to the Biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The results suggest that cities and settlements in the Jordan Valley’s Middle Ghor region, where up to 65,000 people lived around that time, were obliterated with a powerful wave of heat, wind and tiny particles, the outlet Science News reports. Waives also pushed salty water from the Dead Sea, which devastated the soil. The explosion, the researchers argue, “not only [wiped] out 100% of the Middle Bronze Age cities and towns, but also [stripped] agricultural soil from once-fertile fields”.
According to the scientists, they believe a meteor explosion may have caused the destruction of the region.
“Radiocarbon dating reportedly revealed that mud-brick walls suddenly disappeared in the Middle Ghor city, as only stone foundations remained. A pottery surface found on the site was melted into glass, which may be a result of extreme temperatures. Following the alleged blast, people wouldn’t return to the region for 600-700 years.” (Sputnik)
Whatever may be the true cause of the cities’ destruction, it’s interesting to see yet another example of researchers confirming what has been written in the bible for thousands of years. Although they may not be interpreting this through the lens of the biblical narrative, I believe it’s a step forward if they’re claiming the bible may be right in this interpretation, which adds to the historic and archaeological evidence we can use in defense for the bible.
The Times of Israel writes, “According to a 2013 Biblical Archaeology Review article by TeHEP co-director Dr. Steven Collins, the Tall el-Hammam site is a strong candidate for the biblical city of Sodom due to a multitude of factors. The discovered disaster, and its precise location, which he ties to biblical references of “ha-kikkar” (or idiomatically, the plain).
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- Bible Revisited: Alleged Sodom Site Thought to Have Been Hit by Cosmic Blast (November 23rd, 2018) – Sputnik
- Evidence of Sodom? Meteor blast cause of biblical destruction, say scientists (November 22nd, 2018) – The Times of Israel
- Scientists Admit Biblical Account of Sodom is Accurate (November 23rd, 2018) – Breaking News Israel
- Tall El-Hammam Excavation Project website