MembersSodom: When Science and Bible Collide

Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens.

By Tsvi Sadan |
Nature
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Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.” (Genesis 19:24-25).

In November of last year, the American Schools of Oriental Research (ASOR) held its annual gathering in Denver, Colorado, where archaeologist Dr. Phillip Silva was given another opportunity to propose a theory he developed back in 2015, that Sodom was destroyed by a meteor.

Silva, together with Dr. Steven Collins, has for the past 10 years been excavating at Tall el-Hammam, located on the Jordanian side of the southern part of the Jordan valley. Tall el-Hammam itself was an ancient city-state ruling a territory covering 125 square miles, an area today referred to as the Jordan Disk, or Kikkar, where the five cities of Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim and Zoar used to stand. According to Silva and Collins, Tall el-Hammam is Sodom.

In their 2015 article, Collins and Silva came to the conclusion that 3,700 years ago,...

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