BAR 39:02, Mar/Apr 2013
Where Is Sodom?
The Case for Tall el-Hammam
I think I have found Sodom! I can already see the raised eyebrows: The story of Sodom and Gomorrah is not history; it’s just a traditional tale ...
In the Bible, Sodom is the essence of evil: “The men of Sodom were wicked” (Genesis 13:13). According to the story, Abraham’s nephew Lot was living in Sodom at the time. Two angels appearing as men were staying with Lot when the men of Sodom surrounded Lot’s house and demanded that Lot surrender the angels in the guise of men: “Bring them out so that we can have sex with them” (Genesis 19:5). Lot offered instead to give the mob his two virgin daughters, but the men of Sodom refused. They went to break down the door of Lot’s house, but the angels struck them with blindness so that they could not find the door.