Jordan: Archaeologists Could Have Uncovered Biblical City of Sodom

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Jordan| A team of archaeologists lead by professor Steven Collins, have uncovered what seems to be the site of the biblical city of Sodom. Recent discoveries on the site of Tall el-Hammam, located in the southern Jordan River Valley, about 14 kilometers northeast of the Dead Sea, suggest that this could be the site of the mythical destruction orchestrated by God.

The seemingly mysterious demise of all the other Jordan Disk sites toward the end of the Middle Bronze Age, followed by an occupational hiatus of at least five centuries, is certainly was has brought scientists to the conclusion that the stories of Sodom and Gomorrah could be true and that they could have really suffered a catastrophic destruction.

It seems the city was destroyed by some violent seismic or volcanic disaster at approximately the time when the Bible describes the event of the annihilations of Sodom and Gomorrah. The presence of various buildings associated with prostitution, both heterosexual and homosexual, on the site of Tall el-Hammam, strongly suggests that this is the site of Sodom.

The fact that Tall el-Hammam and other sites on the eastern half of the Jordan Disk are located precisely in the geographical area specified for the biblical “Cities of the Jordan Plain (Disk)” has turned out to be more than a coincidence, thus providing a geographical framework for the story of Abraham’s nephew Lot and his escape from Sodom, recorded in the Bible and in the Qur’an .

Many have speculated about the locations of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 13-19) and the so-called “Cities of the Plain,” but their location and identification have remained elusive in the minds of some scholars. Not a few scholars, including  Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project Director, Steven Collins, believe that the textual evidence and the material proofs found on the site, both strongly support a northern location in what is called the “Jordan Disk,” the 25-kilometer diameter circle of the Jordan Valley immediately north of the Dead Sea.

“The proofs that we found here confirm what the Bible says” explains Mr Collins. ” I know many people doubt the validity of the Bible as a scientific source, but this proves it does have a lot of value. It is intellectually dishonest to dismiss the Bible as a site-selection parameter. There is no doubt that the Bible remains one of the best ancient geographical texts available to archaeologists and historians. And particular interest is generated in certain sites because of potential biblical connections. We have searched for a specific location using the texts as a base, and we have proven that it was right. This is reality.”

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  1. Gregg Lee on April 12, 2014 at 12:03 am said:

    This type of ‘evidense’ is the hardest pill to swallow for most of the theoretical believing evolutionists, who like to throw how wrong, or potentially wrong the bible is, because of it’s human scribed hands.

    • Chris on April 12, 2014 at 8:10 pm said:

      Sorry to burst your bubble, but just because a story in the Bible took place in an actual city, doesn’t mean the story is true.

    • As with many other ancient texts the bible is most likely based in part to fact. If you take for example the Iliad and the information that was written within it about the destruction of Troy. Now although archaeologists have proven that there was a city that existed around the time and in the same location that the Iliad places the city of Troy, and that city was indeed destroyed by fire, which again the text indicates (and thus we should take this city as the city of Troy), I think that you’d be hard fought to find a single person who actually believes that Achilles was a half god or that the Greek gods depicted within the Iliad actually existed or played any part in creating the initial war that led to the destruction of Troy or any part in the ensuing war.

      Far from proving that the bible’s text is 100% accurate all that is being said here is that we should not discount using the bible as a source especially in the context of places and events that may have happened in antiquity.

      In my opinion far from proving that evolution doesn’t exist and the bible is an absolute truth the discovery of Sodom would actually indicate that the bible like other ancient texts that we have examples of were written by human beings at a time when their understanding was not as complete as our own and thus the events within the bible were depicted using the interpretations of those peoples at that time.

    • Simon on April 14, 2014 at 9:28 am said:

      “..most of the theoretical believing evolutionists..” !!!
      What is a theoretical believing evolutionist, and when did you meet or read of ‘most’ of them,
      And when did any of them say that an origin in “human scribed hands” was to be discounted or that the discovery of an ancient city mentioned in an ancient ‘holy’ text was a hard pill to swallow?

      The trouble with bible bashers is they attribute the difficulties of believing without question all sorts of hogwash to those of us who have no trouble what-so-ever distinguishing it from the nuggets of truth that may be buried therein.
      It is bible bashers who experience the anguish of near total incredulity, but as is usual, they blame everyone else for their suffering.

    • Simon on April 14, 2014 at 9:38 pm said:

      Oh and by the way, The Jesus’ wife papyrus has been proved to be genuine. Written by human hand too, like the rest of the bible.

    • Eliana on April 21, 2014 at 7:24 pm said:

      Ironic isn’t it? This statement says that evolutionists don’t believe the Bible “because of it’s human scribed hands”, but they believe the theory of evolution, which hasn’t been proven either, but it is also “human scribed hands”? Very ironic!

  2. Agreed. I am an evolutionist, and yet see no problem whatsoever in believing many events recorded in the Bible may have happened. I am fascinated with finds such as this, and love to see what conclusions the archaeologists come to. Of course I find the notion that ‘God’ destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for being evil, whilst turning a woman into a pillar of salt completely ludicrous. However, accepting that the cities did exist, and probably did come to some sort of cataclysmic ending is not.

  3. Being an evolutionist has nothing whatsoever to do with accepting the historicity of most of the Bible. That aside, it would be useful to know the exact dates they are obtaining from the site. There is a variety of evidence for one or more major catastrophes toward the end of the Middle Bronze Age, including nearly two decades of very little tree growth in northwestern Europe. It seems too late for the explosion of Thera, but what are the alternatives?

  4. I have been on a fair share of archaeological digs in Israel. Just how in the world could they have determined the following: “The presence of various buildings associated with prostitution, both heterosexual and homosexual, on the site of Tall el-Hammam??? Seriously though, how????

    I’m getting a sense that this is fundamentalist Christians once again attempting to “prove” the bible correct by reading the biblical text into every stone they see. Did they find a pillar of salt with woman-like features nearby? God help these people start to see the light of reason, fair judgment, and common sense.

    • Deavman on April 17, 2014 at 2:01 pm said:

      I suggest you take a look at this Collins guy making such outlandish claims.
      http://stevenmcollins.com/homepage.php

    • Icarus on April 24, 2014 at 12:20 am said:

      People see what they want.

    • John on June 8, 2014 at 7:48 pm said:

      The Bible also says Christians are to be ‘salt and light’ to the world. Does anyone seriously take that to mean that Christians are to give off sodium chloride vapors and photons? Also, chemists use the generic term ‘salt’ to describe many substances that are not necessarily composed of sodium chloride (salt). BP clearly doesn’t know the first thing about the Bible, or its idioms, so it would be best for him to avoid pontificating on matters above his current level of knowledge and understanding. If BP is honestly searching for truth (which I doubt), he should visit the Creation Ministries International website, where he can obtain scientific answers to all of his many questions.

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  8. david on May 11, 2014 at 8:32 pm said:

    We Christians do not need proof the Bible is real, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, he was sent to the Earth and died a horrible/painful death for those who believe in him. Science has said that the formation of the earth and universe was formed violently in a short time, matter out of nothing was formed. This is what would have happened and how according to Genesis, the book of the Bible. Look at the state of our world, is it much different than in Sodom and Gomorrah ? No it is not in my opinion, so whatever happens is ok, I am right with my Lord.

  9. Noah on May 20, 2014 at 12:55 am said:

    Speaking of blindly believing texts, this is a SATIRE website, you idiots. Just look at the homepage.

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Jordan: Archaeologists Could Have Uncovered Biblical City of Sodom

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Jordan| A team of archaeologists lead by professor Steven Collins, have uncovered what seems to be the site of the biblical city of Sodom. Recent discoveries on the site of Tall el-Hammam, located in the southern Jordan River Valley, about 14 kilometers northeast of the Dead Sea, suggest that this could be the site of the mythical destruction orchestrated by God.

The seemingly mysterious demise of all the other Jordan Disk sites toward the end of the Middle Bronze Age, followed by an occupational hiatus of at least five centuries, is certainly was has brought scientists to the conclusion that the stories of Sodom and Gomorrah could be true and that they could have really suffered a catastrophic destruction.

It seems the city was destroyed by some violent seismic or volcanic disaster at approximately the time when the Bible describes the event of the annihilations of Sodom and Gomorrah. The presence of various buildings associated with prostitution, both heterosexual and homosexual, on the site of Tall el-Hammam, strongly suggests that this is the site of Sodom.

The fact that Tall el-Hammam and other sites on the eastern half of the Jordan Disk are located precisely in the geographical area specified for the biblical “Cities of the Jordan Plain (Disk)” has turned out to be more than a coincidence, thus providing a geographical framework for the story of Abraham’s nephew Lot and his escape from Sodom, recorded in the Bible and in the Qur’an .

Many have speculated about the locations of Sodom and Gomorrah (Genesis 13-19) and the so-called “Cities of the Plain,” but their location and identification have remained elusive in the minds of some scholars. Not a few scholars, including  Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project Director, Steven Collins, believe that the textual evidence and the material proofs found on the site, both strongly support a northern location in what is called the “Jordan Disk,” the 25-kilometer diameter circle of the Jordan Valley immediately north of the Dead Sea.

“The proofs that we found here confirm what the Bible says” explains Mr Collins. ” I know many people doubt the validity of the Bible as a scientific source, but this proves it does have a lot of value. It is intellectually dishonest to dismiss the Bible as a site-selection parameter. There is no doubt that the Bible remains one of the best ancient geographical texts available to archaeologists and historians. And particular interest is generated in certain sites because of potential biblical connections. We have searched for a specific location using the texts as a base, and we have proven that it was right. This is reality.”

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