Archaeologists May Have Located the Biblical City of Sodom

Dr. Stephen Collins, professor of Biblical studies and apologetics at Trinity Southwest University, claims that he and his team have unearthed a city that is the famed wicked city of Sodom mentioned in the Bible.

The group has been studying an archaeological dig in Jordan Valley known as Tall-el Hammam for the past 10 years. The team’s findings in terms of structures, evidence of trade, and residuals of destruction have led Collins to believe that the site is the one and very same Sodom.

Dr. Collins expressed his beliefs to Popular Archaeology.

“Tall el-Hammam seemed to match every Sodom criterion demanded by the [Bible]. When we explored the area, the choice of Tall el-Hammam as the site of Sodom was virtually a no-brainer since it was at least five to ten times larger than all the other Bronze Age sites in the entire region, even beyond the Kikkar of the Jordan.”

Although the team’s findings support the fact that the city met its end along the same timeline as mentioned in the scriptures, the method of its destruction still remains unclear. They do acknowledge, however, that it is possible that it was destroyed by fire. The area apparently remained barren for 700 years after it was destroyed.

Hershel Shanks, editor of Biblical Archaeology Review  magazine, supports Collins’ claims. He agrees that Tall el-Hammam seems to meet the criteria of being identified as Sodom.

According to Biblical legend, Sodom and its sister city Gomorrah were destroyed by God because the people of the cities had become so wicked. He rained down fire upon them, destroying every living thing. The only residents who were saved were Lot and his family. God sent angels to warn them to flee before the destruction ensued. Lot’s wife was also killed because she disobeyed the angels’ instructions and looked back as they were running away. It was written that she was turned into a pillar of salt.

Sources:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/did-archaeologists-discover-the-biblical-city-of-sodom_561d3810e4b028dd7ea544c5?utm_hp_ref=religion
http://lasvegas.cbslocal.com/2015/10/13/archaeologists-found-biblical-sodom/

Video: YouTube/Steven Collins

Featured image: Screenshot from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4Ui_MbDzMQ


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