A recent scientific study confirmed that a catastrophe from the heavens destroyed all life in the area where Sodom existed near the Dead Sea as described in the Bible.
After a decade of digging, archaeologist Phillip Silvian of Trinity Southwest University in Albuquerque reported on his research on the Dead Sea area at the annual meeting of the American Schools of Oriental Research.
Studies of the remains of 120 small settlements in the region showed signs of extreme, collapse-inducing heat and wind. Pottery was discovered to have been exposed to heat so intense that it melted into glass.
Zircon crystals in those glassy coats formed within one second at extremely high temperatures, perhaps as hot as the surface of the sun. Pottery fragments discovered at the Tall el-Hammam site contained tiny, spherical mineral grains that apparently rained down on the area.
The event was so catastrophic that the area remained unpopulated for 600 years. The signs were clear but the precise nature of the catastrophe eluded researchers until they turned their eyes heavenward.
At first they suspected a huge and powerful meteor strike but the lack of a crater stymied them. An impact of that intensity would surely leave behind signs.
Then the researchers determined that something from the heavens like a meteoric airburst would be likely, such as the one that took place 100 years ago in Russia at Tunguska in a sparsely populated forested region in Siberia, Russia. That blast equaled that of a 15-megaton nuclear explosion, or 1,000 times more powerful than the first nuclear bomb ever made that was dropped on Hiroshima 37 years later.
“The destruction not only of Tall el-Hammam (Sodom), but also its neighbors (Gomorrah and the other cities of the plain) was most likely caused by a meteoritic airburst event,” the authors conclude.
The scientific explanation clearly reflects the Biblical description of the destruction of the twin cities of evil located in the same area. The Bible says “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.” (Genesis 19:24-25 )
The researchers noticed the similarity of their conclusions with that of the Bible description of the event. Co-author of the research paper, Dr. Steven Collins, wrote in an article in Biblical Archaeology Review that the Biblical account was a result of a real event being recorded.
“The memory of the destruction of ha-kikkar, with its large population and extensive agricultural lands, was preserved in the Book of Genesis and ultimately incorporated into a traditional tale that, drawing on the layer of ash that covered the destruction of one of its major cities, remembered a place consumed by a fiery catastrophe from ‘out of the heavens’,” he writes. “The Bible gives the city’s name: Sodom.”
And Sodom is known and remembered to this day for its evil lifestyle of sodomy and the Lord God’s judgment of it.
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