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This does not necessarily infer total annihilation, and thus some remains might have survived.
In the early 1970s, Jordanian authorities noticed well-preserved artifacts from ancient times flooding the black market.
Such temperatures could be produced, for example, by the effects of a thermonuclear explosion, or a cataclysm of cosmic origin. Meaning we should expect to find items like what we are finding from the Middle Bronze Age. It is chiefly due to theories that Sodom was under the Dead Sea or to be found on its southern shores. The book ends with the most exciting find of all: pottery shards that are superheated to glass on one side, yet are perfectly normal pottery on the other.
Catholic professor of theology John Bergsma wrote on The Sacred Page (a wonderful Catholic website) about his enthusiasm over stumbling into a fascinating lecture about these excavations at an academic conference: The sites fit the geographical and temporal context into which Sodom and Gomorrah are placed in the biblical texts. This is exactly what we are uncovering.“[T]he real big news is that we found skeletal remains that demonstrate a quick, violent death. Ultimately these theories were based less on evidence than on unsubstantiated educated guesses from earlier and still renowned biblical archeologists. The conclusion of experts is that the shards were super heated and then cooled far too rapidly than would be expected by any typical human furnace or heating method known in ancient times.
This is hard for people to think about, especially today when the specific sin being judged is homosexual behavior. Is there archaeological and geological evidence to support it? The Genesis account is written in narrative form and alluded to by several other Old Testament writers.
Of these, the six-day creation, the global Flood, the parting of the Red Sea, the virgin birth, the resurrection of Christ, and other spectacular works of God receive special criticism.
Tall el-Hammam matches the description of the area where Sodom was located according to the Bible. 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 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.
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.” "We know very little about the Bronze Age in the south of the Jordan River Valley. But what we have found is an important city-state , which was unknown before our project began.