Archaeologists working on the Tall el-Hammam site in the South Jordan Valley, state they may have found the location of either Sodom or Gomorrah, the Biblical cities recorded as being destroyed by fire as part of God’s judgment.
The site is located just north-east of the Dead Sea.
According to the Daily Mail, researchers from UC Santa Barbara released a statement on Sept 20, 2021, reporting they had discovered a 1.5 meter layer (five foot) that suggested the city had been destroyed by extreme heat.
This includes finding shards of pottery where the outer layer had been turned into glass and as well ‘bubbled’ mud brick and examples of building material being melted.
They also found human bones that had been totally obliterated by what they believe was some type of blast. And the orange tinge found on human skull bones suggested it must have included temperatures in excess of 200 degrees.
They also found cracked quartz particles. Quartz is considered the hardest minerals known to man and only cracks under extreme heat and pressure.
The archaeologists noted there are indications that temperatures must have reached in excess of 2000 degrees Celsius, and there was no human technology available at that time which could produce such extreme heat.
They also noted that the city’s palace, buildings and walls had been totally flattened.
But it was perhaps the discovery of diamondoids, small, diamond-hard molecules found at other sites of cosmic events, that led them to conclude that a similar thing happened at Tall el-Hammam .
They believe that around 1650 BC, an asteroid, 1,000 times more powerful than an atomic bomb, exploded over the city
The site also had large concentrations of salts, leading them to speculate that the blast may have resulted in salt from the Dead Sea flowing into the area of the blast, which in turn made the land unusable for agriculture.
When asked if this was the site of either Sodom or Gomorrah, the archaeologists stated that this was a possibility, as both those Biblical cities are described as being from the area where Tall el-Hammam was discovered.
The discovery confirms the Biblical record that God judged the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah after pouring fire down upon them.
24 Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. (Genesis 19:24 NIV)
When Abraham received an angelic visitation warning of the coming judgment, the patriarch negotiated, convincing God not to judge the cities if there were ten righteous inside them.
Abraham stopped at ten, because he believed that Lot and his family would be enough to stop the judgment.
However, that all changed after some men in the city tried to have sex with the two angels, and I believe it was this act that resulted in the judgment.
Though some believe the cities were judged because of homosexuality, Jude connects what happened at Sodom and Gomorrah with an incident that led to Noah’s flood.
If this is true, it suggests that it was their attempts to have sex with angels that resulted in the judgment.
Jude writes of two times that people went after strange flesh:
6 And angels who did not keep their own domain but abandoned their proper dwelling place, these He has kept in eternal restraints under darkness for the judgment of the great day, 7 just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the cities around them, since they in the same way as these angels indulged in sexual perversion and went after strange flesh, are exhibited as an \example in undergoing the punishment of eternal fire. (Jude 6-7 NASV)
The second reference to strange flesh, found in verse 7, refers to what took place in Sodom and Gomorrah, when men tried to have sex with angels.
And the first mentioned in verse 6 seems to be referring back to what took place in the days leading up to the flood, when the sons of God (angels) married the daughter of men (human). It was this marriage between angels and humans that resulted in the worldwide judgment through the flood (Genesis 6:1-4).
The going after strange flesh in both incidents involved attempts (one successfully) to initiate sexual relations between humans and angels.
And in both instances, it resulted in Divine judgment.
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