The Great Day of God's wrath (1853), oil on canvas by John Martin, Tate Gallery in London.

Archaeologists Claim to have Discovered the Location of the Biblical City of Sodom

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After a dozen years excavating, an archaeological team led by Steven Collins claims to have discovered a city that matches the Bible’s Sodom, the city destroyed, along with Gomorrah, by the wrath of God:

“As the sun rose over the earth, Lot arrived in Zoar; and the Lord rained down burning asphalt from the skies onto Sodom and Gomorrah. The Lord destroyed these cities, the entire valley, everyone who lived in the cities, and all of the fertile land’s vegetation.” (Genesis 19: 23-25)

“Abraham set out early for the place where he had stood with the Lord , and looked out over Sodom and Gomorrah and over all the land of the valley. He saw the smoke from the land rise like the smoke from a kiln. When God destroyed the cities in the valley, God remembered Abraham and sent Lot away from the disaster that overtook the cities in which Lot had lived.” (Genesis 19: 27-29)

Steven Collins of Trinity Southwest University of New Mexico and his team have spent more than ten years digging for the biblical Sodom.

Steven Collins of Trinity Southwest University of New Mexico and his team have spent more than ten years digging for the biblical Sodom. ( Likev World News )

The newspaper ABC reports that the city is said to be located in the southern Jordan River Valley.

Collins, of the  Trinity Southwest University  of New Mexico , has been directing the excavations being carried out on the mound of  Tall el-Hammam , in Jordan near the Israel border. He reported to Popular Archaeology :

"We know very little about the Bronze Age in the south of the Jordan River Valley. Most archaeological maps of the area were blank. But what we have found is an important city-state , which was unknown before our project began. Tall el-Hammam matches the description of the area where Sodom was located according to the Bible. It was said to be the largest city east of Kikkar. So, I came to the conclusion that if one wanted to find Sodom, one should seek the largest city that existed in this area during the Bronze Age, in the time of  Abraham. When we explored the region, Tall el-Hammam was an obvious choice, as it was five to ten times larger than the other Bronze Age cities throughout the region, even those found beyond Jordan."

Some of the ruins of Tall el-Hammam where archaeologists have been excavating for over a decade.

Some of the ruins of Tall el-Hammam where archaeologists have been excavating for over a decade. ( Impacto Evangelístico )

Collins and the rest of his research team compared the objects discovered in Tall el-Hammam with those found in nearby cities and, based on the artifacts and the excellent location, they have no doubt that Tall el-Hammam was the ancient city of Sodom.

Furthermore, Collins states that this gigantic city-state was abandoned under mysterious circumstances at the end of the Bronze Age. It became an uninhabited wasteland for over 700 years but then, after those seven centuries, it started to flourish again – as indicated by the huge iron gate that leads into the city.

The city of Tall el-Hammam is located in the south of the Jordan River Valley.

The city of Tall el-Hammam is located in the south of the Jordan River Valley. (Deror_avi/ CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Key Characteristics of the City

Collins explained that this discovery is a milestone for archeology and that the people that lived in this region once thrived in their carefully selected location (near abundant water resources and crossing several trade routes of the time), and the area was especially important between 3500 - 1450 BC.

The city, which has been described as "monstrous," has two main districts and is surrounded by a thick adobe wall measuring 5- 10 meters (16.4 – 32.8 feet) high. There are also many plazas connected by several roads.

About four meters below the modern surface of Tall el-Hammam, excavators encountered a house from the middle of the Bronze Age that is located in a "layer of destruction."

About four meters below the modern surface of Tall el-Hammam, excavators encountered a house from the middle of the Bronze Age that is located in a "layer of destruction." This house is about three meters (9.8 feet) below the Iron Age stratus. Bottom left, Steven Collins, director of the project ( biblearchaeology.org)

Speaking on the construction of the city, Collins said:

“The wall surrounding the upper city was a huge undertaking, requiring millions of bricks and obviously a large number of workers. The top of the wall had a thickness of about 7 meters (23 feet.) The exterior was covered with clay and rose to more than 30 meters (98 feet) above the lower town. It was an impressive and formidable defensive system that was intended to protect the homes of the richest citizens of the city, including the king’s palace, as well as temples and other administrative buildings."

Comments

If you look at the ''evidence'' Ron Whyatt discovered about his findings of Sodom and Gomorrah it will show a ''city'' under ash and in that ash in places there are blobs of brimstone which is sulfur the very stuff that came down on that city, according to the bible. Of course God has nothing to do with it, in fact this Yaweh God or any other God does not even exist anyway. If there was some kind of Sodom destroyed by fire and brimstone it must come from Volcano or something from space, meteorite or something not even directed by a god anyway. The story told in the bible did not even take place, none of those stories happened in history but the lying Jews who wrote / invented this history made clever use of sites they found to incorporate it into their stories. All those biblical characters were all fictional and none of them existed in the first place. Well how would those ignorant Christians know ?

The "Stories" DID happen. Stone Age Chinese characters are Proof of Eden, the Fall & The Flood! Every Single Culture on Earth from the Mayans to the Chinese have the Flood Account! From the Polynesians to the Inuit! Watch Genesis in the Ancient Chinese on YouTube. Watch Revealing God's Treasure on YouTube for Proof of the Exodus preserved behind Chainlink Fences & Guards in Muslim Arabia!

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II'm pretty sure no one ios disputing the events happened.

The dispute is about the cause!

 

Sheryl Bratcher

The fact that every country in the world has stories of a devastating worldwide Flood that wiped out all humanity except for one family and samples of wildlife to repopulate simply prove that these are exaggerations, otherwise...only ONE of these accounts would exist since no-one else would have survived! Just as today, in ancient times news and stories spread as people travelled. These are superstitious exaggerations of devastating local floods that occurred from natural causes. Besides, IF there was some sort of worldwide Flood, then the FIRST story would be the original one, right? And the original one was told in the Epic of Gilgamesh and predated the Biblical account by hundreds of years.

There is much in this world that cannot be seen by the naked eyes.

Why would god destroy his wife because she witnessed to me that sounds like sumone pushing their beliefs and laws on one self right sound familiar?

She didn't accidentally look back. The word means looked with longing. She deliberately stood there & was sorry for the things she left behind. She was not converted & her heart was still in the wicked city. As in the flood God was trying to preserve a faithful few to continue His influence on those around His ppl. Sodom was a lost cause & she chose to stay back & be destroyed rather than follow Lot.

Philm The story is fiction and did not take place ! God does not exist !

Science, TRUE Science bears a lot more witness to the existence of God than you are clearly aware.

Dr Ricardo Castanon PHD, had his eyes open. He was a former Atheist.

These three watched in sequence state objective TRUTH proven scientifically. The blood of every known Eucharistic Miracle matches that of the blood upon the Turin Shroud and also that found on the Sudarium of Oviedo. Science PROVES without a shadow of a doubt, that the person whose blood is on the Shroud and the Sudarium, is from the same person whose flesh can be examined in every known Eucharistic Miracle.

Dr Ricardo Castanon PHD has examined the Eucharistic Miracles, which were sent to two Universities for complete analysis.

Watch on Youtube.
"The Best Scientific Proof That God Exists--Ever!!.. 2015 - [Full Length]"

These two further links provide the remaining information

2: "The Eucharistic Miracle of Lanciano"
3: "Physical Evidence of Jesus Christ #2: Shroud of Turin and Christ and the Sudarium"

-- LOL ROFL There are no miracles not even Eucharistic ones whatever that BS is and nope it would not match from the Shroud of Turin which is by the way a fraud for many reasons. There never was a historical Jesus, God does not exist, resurrection is not possible nor ascension with physical body. A man on a cross should not even have died after those lousy 6 hours in the first place so that is already nonsense ! There never was a Jesus crucifixion. There is no evidence for such a thing nowhere never ! The gospel story is not evidence for anything stupid foolish Christian !
that the person whose blood is on the Shroud and the Sudarium, is from the same person whose flesh can be examined in every known Eucharistic Miracle''

- The biggest nonsense I ever heard. Well it is bs anyway because according to your stupid ignorant and false believe this Jesus fucking Christ left this blood of his on the shroud and he himself was going into the sky in flesh so no more Jesus cry baby drama queen . son of a bitch on earth is it so no more flesh and no more blood of this dude anywhere. So how come that in this so called miracle you mentioned there would be blood of Jesus on another mans flesh ? makes no sense at all in the first place. Well it is normal for Christianity to not make any sense anyway. pure bogus lies, forgery , nonsense . in fact it is pure mythology of the sun ( jesus) in the zodiac cycle. that is it what it is and nothing more. Do some study lplease . ?

And no I am not going to watch that crap . it is chrsitian biased nonsense and that is a fact. You waste your time with this bullshit .

C Alexander

I am a firm believer in the veracity of the Bible and of it's ultimate author, God. I agree with you, concerning your statement that science definitely speaks to the existence of God, and i think that this is an excellent approach with those that fancy themselves to be unbiased and rational believers in science. i would urge you to consider pointing to other kinds of evidence before pointing to eucharist miracles. I am not convinced of the veracity of those particular miracles, but i am convinced of certain universally accepted scientific facts that force the consideration of a created universe. to me this is a great starting point. if we can get a committed atheist to consider the fact that available scientific evidence points to creation over curly naturalistic causes, we can build on that. good lines of thought concerning evidence for creation are: Abiogenesis, the first and second laws of thermodynamics, irreducible complexity, etc.

There is no ultimate author of the bible God does not exist and is not even in the bible other than a man made character from sun god concept not divine being nor deity exist. Science def. does not speaks to existence of any God ! There are no other kinds of evidence ! No atheist would consider that available scientific evidence would point to creation over naturalistic development and evolution .! Forget it

There is no ultimate author of the bible God does not exist and is not even in the bible other than a man made character from sun god concept not divine being nor deity exist. Science def. does not speaks to existence of any God ! There are no other kinds of evidence ! No atheist would consider that available scientific evidence would point to creation over naturalistic development and evolution .! Forget it

Ty for your input that educated me a bit I just started to take my time everyday to read up on these things I believe the is a higher power I'm just not sure if I should believe everything everyone in this world would like to feed into is all ty for your input you answered my question... and to the guy who rudely educated me through my email learn to love.

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Ya gotta watch out for the Trolls Marcus!

They spend their days looking for people to belittle and be rude to.

I found it’s best to keep an open mind about things written in the Bible. Science and Archeology have shown us that many of the events happened however the cause is based on the beliefs and knowledge of people who existed thousands of years ago.

We’ve come a long way since then, and we still have  a long way to go.

There are things we will never really have a solid answer to...just theories and beliefs.

Keep an open mind about everything and believe what you feel comfortable with. There is no right or wrong here.

I've come to accept that there are a lot of things we’ll probably never fully know because we can’t go back to see the event or talk to the people there.

I highly recommend you try that...keeps the headaches you get when you’re brain becomes boggled trying to figure out who's right., LOL!

 

Sheryl Bratcher

A possible theory is by turning and gazing upon the destruction, Lot's wife displayed concern for the Sodomites. This meant she was connected to the city and not pure enough to continue with Lot.

The story is a parable.

and Lots daughters were pure enough?yeh sure, they only went and done the dirty with their old man!!

Actually they were sort of victims. The environment of Sodom was obviously influencing them. But, God clearly saw that they weren't completely bad and spared them. More than likely God spared them because of Lot. But, Sodom and Gomorrah weren't just perverted sexually. They were also treating travellers very badly. You notice that the angels came to the city disguised as peaceful travellers? That was a test to see how the people would treat them. It wasn't just about perversion. For that matter, many ancient societies such as the Greeks had homosexuals. But, in God's eyes rape is very bad; especially homosexual rape. That is men raping other men. This was an extreme form of depravity. To make it even worse it was perpetuated on peaceful travellers. Guests are to be treated well. In fact angels go disguised to test how people treat them.

Very true. God always gives warnings & probation periods before destruction. These warnings & Precise Dates of destruction are Clearly preached as a warning. "Methuselah" was the warning in Noah's time. It means. "When you die it will come" Egypt was warned & even the Philistines knew about the warning. The cities of the promised land were warned & given a probation time. Jerusalem was given 490 years in prophetic warning. A Million Jews died & not 1 Christian. Today we have the prophecies of Daniel that ended in 1844. The Earthquake of Lisbon. the moon turning to blood & Starshower of New England have already happened. Will these signs be repeated? Maybe, but since the churches apostasized they refused to believe. Now in their rebellion a million abominations have entered & the call "Babylon IS Fallen" will be repeated! That's why it's repeated twice in Revelatiion. God might need to let persecution happen to wake his ppl up & give the warnings again. The NWO system is being set up & politically awake patriots R calling alarms but ppl R too comfortable to resist & rebel. The churches have pastors on FEMA/DHS payroll called Clergy Response Teams so it Wont be Them! The Organizations are Always against reform! It will have to be individuals in home churches like those behind the bamboo & iron curtains.

Yes,the attack will come from the north eze 38 the atheist nations will lead the rest will follow rev 17.

Actually the story of Sodom and Gomorrah never happened as described in the bible. If there ever is a Sodom found in ash with perhaps brimstone remnants ( and this has been found already by Whyatt, see the documentary ) than it happened due to natural disaster and no God involved. God does not exist ! The lying Jewish scribes just incorporated the disaster to make a fictional story with fictional characters around it, it did not take place ! Maybe they made the story up to give a message a allegory to those people in those days whatever but is has nothing to do with a God, angels ( do not exist) angels if at all are spirits and invisible and do not tend to act like people do they , so how come the story is with angels if they are just humans ? LOL nonsense !

Josephus states it was by Masada. Ron Wyatt's find is easily seen from Masada on the other side of the Roman's camp! It has thousands of sulfur balls embedded in the ash, the Only place on earth these are found!

Yes I've seen the documentary, very interesting it is ! Well so they found the site of a natural disaster and there are not that much things that could do this 1. Volcano. 2. Romans or whomever used brimstone to attack the city. 3. Meteorite from space with sulphur in it which dropped with the fire on the city even after the ash was already setting. Hm strange brimstone balls embedded in ash which have you to think if there was already ash the fire must already been stopped so where did the brimstone suddenly come from after the fire was done ? Too bad this place is not being researched by scientific archaeologist. By the way recently a couple of days ago some archaeologist said they found Sodom but it was not on Whyatts spot.

O.K. ... So if this Jewish/Christian God would be real it's clear he's a mass murderer. And willingly killing people by putting them in fire... Not even Hitler was that evil!
And what I don't understand either is: according to Christianity's theorie of the 'trinity' God = Jesus. That would make Jesus a mass murderer!?! Can someone explain to me how mass murderers can be icons of 'LOVE'!?! Why not worship Hitler as well then?!?
Well anyway... I'm not going to worship mass murderers. EVER!!! I dispise mass murderers. They're the lowest of the low!

Hitler really was that evil, and frequently sought to use religion, ancient texts, and like minded individuals to bolster his opinions and further his agenda.

"And willingly killing people by putting them in fire... Not even Hitler was that evil!"

It is a shame the public education system no longer teaches history. Not surprisingly, kids have no concept of anything preceeding their insignificantly small lifespan.

Are you aware that during WW2 we firebombed Tokyo and burned 250,000 people to death in one night? Apparently not.

You are right. And many people consider that war crimes of the allies.

The videos on YouTube are God in the Ancient Chinese, parts 1 & 2. The Chinese interpretation is cut out so you only hear the English. This presenter is only the latest from lots of Chinese researchers dating back to the 60's/70's

The location of Gomora had already been found. The city together with other known "Cities of the Plaza" had been covered by ash by what look like celestial event. A meteor rained itself on a very long path that also covered the cities of the Plaza. That however happened earlier, around 2000 BCE, read more on it online, I am reciting from memory and may not have all my information exactly right.

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I would love to know if they found proof of what caused the destruction. 

To me it's obvious but to others they say it was God and don't look past that and admit that the two don't conflict with each other.

 

Sheryl Bratcher

God does not exist so does not appear in the bible as such. The ''God'' of the bible is a concept derived from sun God , sun cult mythological being and those do not exist and are purely man made fantasy. If something caused the destruction it was man himself or natural disaster.

isn't it interesting that the Bible is the only book in the world that the archaeology can find references to many of their findings ?

No it is not interesting at all . And what is your point of your argument anyway ? Are you trying to say like many ignorant christians do that because what they find is in the bible, so the bible is true ? LOL Nope the bible is not true at all and that is a fact and that some things which happened in the past or some sites known in those days are incorporated into a story does not mean a thing and does not proof the bible is right nor that a God would exist. So if you are christian forget about it because you are wrong ! By the way many things are not even in the bible at all only interpreted as such like the Exodus which never happened or destruction of Jericho by those idiot Jews who think they were chose by that nutcase Yaweh to go to a promised land LOL. Jericho wall was destructed by a earthquake a century before the story allegedly happened. IF you are a christian Charles I recommend you to do some study about origin of the babble and the myths it was based upon. No God , Jesus, angels, demons, satan, Moses , Adam nor any other character in bible exist or did nor did any story happened let alone the way it was written in the book of blood.

I'm not going to prolong my argument because I don't have the intention to prove anything, but if there is no God, no hope, no future.
The danger is, if you're right at the end I didn't have lost nothing, but if you are wrong, lost everything.
Good luck.

1. The burden of proof of anything pertaining to religion is on you so you have to proof every argument you make !
2. Go study fallacy's please for you are making several right now and every fallacy makes your argument invalid ! ''if there is no God , no hope, no future.'' is a fallacy and is an argument from ignorance and is Bullshit ! 1. Prove the existence of god first. 2. Hope is more a general term and has nothing to do with an alleged existence of a God and whether there is a future ( there is always a future ) depends on human behavior and natural behavior so we make our own future no God needed for a ''future''
3. No danger in anything .. ones again you make a fallacy: Pascals wager ! I know that I am not wrong because I studied the origin of the bible and the origin of the God concept and the myths it was derived from and I recommend you should do such a study for that will make you less ignorant ! Do not forget to study what fallacy's are. Educate yourself please before commenting any of my comments or reply's else you look stupid. I beat every comment a christian can make and I already debunked every argument you made this far ! Good luck with your study ignorant foolish stupid uneducated christan ?

Actually THERELIHUNTER you are also engaged in quite a few fallacies yourself. Science is limited to the study of the natural material world and cannot be used to determine whether God exist or not. So what would your criteria be for determining whether God exist or not? Also you stated that you studied the origins of the Bible and religion, but it seems that your sources might have been decidedly anti God from the start, maybe you should opt for better and more reliable sources. Your position and opposition to God is not new, many people through history took the same position, you need to understand that your fight is not against people, but against God who you are trying so hard to proof that He does not exist. Voltaire renounced God yet on his death bed his dying words were Hell, hell, hell.. Stalin lifted himself up from his bed and shook his fist towards heaven before he died and Emperor Flavius Julian conceded: You have conquered O Galilean (a reference to Jesus Christ) on his death bed. C. S. Lewis stated that there are only two types of people in this world. Those who say: Your will be done, and those who say: Your will be done. The reality is that if Jesus Christ is not Who He said He was and did not do what He did then we have absolutely nothing to fear. However if He was Who He said He is and did what He has done, eternity lies in the balance and nothing is more important than our relationship to Him.

Actually I am not making anyfallacy at all . The criteria is that since we know that your believe in a God stems from the bible and this dude Yaweh which is your God and of the Jews is based on Sun God mythology and mythological beings are only figments of man's imagination therefor God does not exist at least not the God you believe in. Religion is about a God concept based on mythology and man has put many properties in this concept God idea properties which man himself has and even made up supernatural properties. If you read the babble you would even know that Yaweh is not even the ''real '' god in that pantheon but what would you know. You are brainwashed into that believe of yours do not blame me for that mistake it is your problem and the ignorance of religious people as a body became, well was always a problem for the world at the start ! Why don't you first do a study in origin of your believe and the myths it came from before believe anything of that stuff or yours ?
''your sources might have been decidedly anti God from the start, ''
== Your sources are decidedly pro God from the start ! Since it is YOU and your religion which claims the existence of God ( acc to O.T psychopathic loser and mass murderer - Jesus ( fucking christ) you have to prove the existence of all those biblical characters as being real and historical for the burden of proof is on YOU not me I only do counterclaims and those claims come from study and research from others before me. ''but against God who you are trying so hard to proof that He does not exist''
-- God does not exist so I cannot be against something that does not exist and I also cannot be against something I cannot see nor know of nor interaction with nor with something which is not proven to be real. No I do not even try hard for that is easy to dismiss the existence of a God that is ! You try hard to claim he does exist ! So ones again you made fallacy's ! Study fallacy's please ? I am many steps ahead of you in study and knowledge so study harder please to catch up ! LOL.

''Voltaire renounced God yet on his death bed his dying words were Hell, hell, hell.. Stalin lifted himself up from his bed and shook his fist towards heaven before he died''

== Yea might be, so what ? That is not proof of anything let alone proof of Hell , heaven let alone the existence of a God ! So you made another argument of ignorance !

''Emperor Flavius Julian conceded: You have conquered O Galilean (a reference to Jesus Christ) on his death bed.''
== Ones again so what ? Does not proof a thing ! Argument of ignorance ! Argument dismissed as bullshit ! Try again smarty pants !
''The reality is that if Jesus Christ is not Who He said He was and did not do what He did then we have absolutely nothing to fear.''
== Who says there was a historical Jesus in 1st c AD ? There is no evidence for a historical Jesus as mentioned in the gospels and we know that that character is based on sun god astrotheology ! Do some study in origin of those stories and themes please for you have not any clue what you are talking about ! So and secondly I give a damn about what a historian said 2000 years ago ! There is no Jesus and proof is not delivered as of today so you will be the first to prove it ! There is no relationship to that Him there is no Him at all. Do some study stupid ignorant fallacy making uneducated foolish christian !

Though it is written: "do not cast pearls before swine", I pray Father that your Spirit would move this man's heart to see the truth, even if his sight be suspended. Just as with the Apostle Paul so let it be also with this man. As Your great Love for him is no less than it is for myself I ask for Your mercy and grace to be poured out upon him just as It was apportioned to me in my ignorance and pride. I ask that his repentance and redemption, be in accord with Your Will and to Your Glory. In Jesus name, Amen.

Amen!

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