**Check Out Sodom & Gomorrah!**

The five cities of the plain have been located and the evidence is staggering.  For the first time in modern history we have found round balls of brimstone, or nearly pure sulfur, embedded in an ashen area near the Dead Sea, which show clear signs of having once been ancient building structures!

Above:  ziggurat stands amidst ashen ruins in Gomorrah, with darker terrain in rear.
Government sign with gate, attempting to keep vehicles out.

Josephus Saw the Cities — Why Can’t We?

The cities were located in the plain, so they should not be located in the low area now covered by the Dead Sea.  These cities were well known in the first century, as Josephus said, “The traces or shadows of the five cities are still to be seen.”  If Josephus could see them, then we should be able to see them also.  The water level of the Dead Sea has fallen since the time of Josephus, so the areas Josephus saw in his day are still visible today.

Biblical Warning For All

The cities of the plain were destroyed as a warning for all that this same event will happen again one day to the wicked.  One would think God is capable of preserving this ancient lesson for us to see and to learn from.

Then the Lord rained brimstone and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the heavens” Genesis 19:24.  “Turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly” II Peter 2:6.  (The word for “example” means an exhibit for warning.)

Analysis of the Brimstone

These sulfur balls are mostly golf ball sized, and some have burn marks all around them!  Webster’s Dictionary says that “brimstone” = sulfur.  Accordingly, we have found the absolute proof that we have finally located Sodom and Gomorrah, the cities of the plain!

Above at left is brimstone with a burned, hardened shell that has the unburned sulfur inside, and next to it is brimstone without a burned shell.  The photo at right is a shell or capsule with unburned sulfur inside.  Tiny crystals are on its surface which were formed when the sulfur was burning and was in a liquid state, then it burned out.


Above:  Located on the side of a ziggurat, this brimstone in a shell is opened to reveal the unburned sulfur inside

Each of the cities of the plain contain evidence of brimstone which God rained down upon the cities to destroy them.  The brimstone is composed of 96-98 percent sulfur, with trace amounts of magnesium which create an extremely high temperature burn.  This is the only place on earth where you can find 96 percent pure monoclinic sulfur in a round ball.  This brimstone is NOT from any type of geo-thermal activity as there is no evidence of such in the area, and geo-thermal sulfur nodules are only 40 percent pure sulfur and are of the rhombic type.

Above:  holding a chunk of ash that has a burned ring which surrounds an unburned ball of sulfur

Above:  removing the lid from a brimstone shell reveals a round ball of sulfur inside

Analysis of the Ash

Everything in these cities burned and turned into ash, including the buildings themselves as the Bible says that the cities were to be destroyed also.  The Bible told us that God rained down “fire and brimstone”  When God rains down fire, it is a consuming fire, just like the time of Elijah when God sent down fire to destroy the stone altar, the limestone buildings here were totally destroyed and turned into ash.

The extremely high burning temperatures created a multi-shaded layering of ash that was formed by thermal ionization, caused by electrons repelling and attracting, creating a swirling effect in the remains.  The intense fire which

God rained down upon these cities was so hot that it burned the limestone blocks that were used in the construction of the cities.  The ash there today is composed of

Calcium Sulfate and Calcium Carbonate which are by-products of the limestone and sulfur burning.

Above:  layers of multi-shaded ash, crumble in your hand.  Dead Sea and sphinx in rear

Cities Visible in Satellite Photos

The cities are almost entirely turned into white ash, and can be seen in the satellite photographs below.


(Satellite 3-D images copyright Rohr Productions, The Holy Land Satellite Atlas.  June 1995 National Geographic)

Notice each of the cities stand out from the surrounding terrain because of the white ash contained within them.  The city of Zoar was a “little one” or a newly built city that was square.  As cities grew or expanded they quickly lost this square shape.

Genesis 10:19 indicates the five cities formed the Canaanite border, thus the could not have been grouped together at the south end of the Dead Sea as popularly believed.  They form a north-south line along the Jordan/Dead Sea area.  Gomorrah is located at the base of Masada, and in 1998, additional formations were found in Jordan on the opposite of the Dead Sea from Gomorrah in the Lisan Peninsula, including a large cemetery area containing 1,000,000 graves.  The same structures as found on the Israeli side were also found on the Jordanian side –  ash, brimstone and even ceramic tile.

Above –  looking southwest at the southern end of the Dead Sea

Above – The northern end of the Dead Sea, looking southwest

Man-made Formations

Below – Man-made formations are found in the cities, including ziggurats, sphinxes, windows, arched doorways and walls resembling double Canaanite city walls.

Above:  ziggurat shape on raised platform composed of white material

Above:  Ninety degree angles extending out from a wall demonstrating unnatural architecture


Above:  another example of the formations

Sphinx Shapes

Unique shapes are visible in the cities that are not found in nature, including sphinx shapes like the ones below.

Above: This sphinx formation on a raised platform is about 40 feet long and was made of a different whiter material than the surrounding platform. It may have been a worship figure or god and was made of a special material.   Masada in rear.

Above:  small sphinx shape at edge of city, perhaps meant to protect the inhabitants  😦

Glass or Crystals

The extreme heat caused unusual reactions to the material in the cities, including the creation of glass or crystals.

Above:  Gypsum crystals on top layer with white gypsum underneath.
Gypsum was the product of the brimstone and limestone burning together.

Above:  two feet in diameter clump of gypsum crystals.  Another group was found later when I
broke open a large clump “live” on video..

Above:  more gypsum crystals resulting from the limestone and sulphur burning together

Anomalies

More evidence of the extreme heat was found.

Above:  this specimen shows signs of having been melted.

Above:   specimen that some people think resembles bone, with the marrow in the middle.  Looks similar to the specimens found by Dr. Lennart Moller, author of The Exodus Case

A spear head and a cache of burned gold which is now gold salts, burned bones, jars, and tile have also been found by others who have visited the cities.

View PAX Program on this discovery

Read Ron Wyatt’s Research on this discovery

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Watch 45 min. video of Sodom & Gomorrah 56k

Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah found !

The “Bible and Spade” Summer 1999 (Vol 12, No. 3) from the Associates for Biblical Research announces “The Discovery of the Sin Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah”. The name of these two cities have long been by-words in our language for wickedness. And many scholars and archaeologists have long searched for the truth about these cities.

And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.Genesis 13:10 (KJV)

And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him: for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.Genesis 19:30 (KJV)

And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar;) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim;Genesis 14:10 (KJV)

The first most important source for locating the cities is the location of Zoar ( see more) and Lot’s cave and is from the mosaic map on the floor of a church in Madaba, Jordan, known as the Madaba map and as shown in Fig 1 below.

Madaba Map Fig1Fig 2 below shows the excavation site of the known traditional location of the “Sanctuary of Lot” in the hills above the indicated site for Zoar.

Sanctuary of Lot Fig2One popular theory for a long time was that the cities were located in the plain south of the Dead Sea and later covered by the waters as the Dead sea water level has changed over time. The level of the waters has receded in recent years and search of the area has located no evidence to verify this location. Searches starting in 1973 began to discover evidences of occupied cities in the area southeast of the Dead Sea, most of them located so as to obtain the benefit of water flow from the many Wadi’s of the area. The map of the proposed locations is shown in Fig 3 below.

Map of Locations Fig3To date there has been located only evidence for two of the five Cities of the Plain, but they are proposing that the evidence is strong that the two most important cities of Sodom and Gomorrah have been found. That being the evidences found of destruction by fire at each site due to the layers of ash found in the digs by archaeologists. Bab edh-Dhra ( Sodom ) is the largest of the two sites, the 7 meter wide (23 feet) city wall enclosed 9-10 acres with gates located at the west and the northeast. The northeast gate had two flanking towers with massive stone and timber foundations, possibly the gate in which Lot sat (Genesis 19:1). Estimated population at the time of the destruction was between 600-1200. There was a large cemetery at Bab edh-Dhra and pottery evidence indicates that some of the residents of Numeira (Gomorrah) buried their dead in this cemetery. It appears that Numeria was in existence for only a short time, possibly less than 100 years. Paleobotany investigations indicated that a rich diversity of crops were grown in the area including barley, wheat, grapes, figs, lintels, flax, chickpeas, peas, broad beans, dates, and olives.

Concerning the proposed cause of the destruction, they are proposing that it was the result of an earthquake that forced combustible material to the surface and into the atmosphere. Surveys have located bitumen, petroleum, natural gas and sulfur in the area. And to the east of the Dead Sea is a major fault line and these cities are located exactly on this fault line. See Fig 4 below.

Faults Fig4The Scriptures say that Abraham looked and saw “the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace” and does not seem to mention a quaking, but does use the Hebrew term for “overturning” in Deuteronomy 29:23. Possibly this is an indication that the earthquake proposal is valid. Changes of elevation of up to 164 feet have been noted which caused a change in direction of the Wadi Numeria at the site, which is believed to be the event that caused the destruction. Also found were evidences that the residents hastily fled the site and buried skeletons of those who were caught in the destruction.

fiery destruction charnel house destruction layer

(The above three figures are from B&S Vol 20 No. 3 Summer 2007, p78-84)

Conclusion: The author proposes that “… it is clear that the infamous cities of Sodom and Gomorrah have now been found.” You may visit their web site at http://www.ChristianAnswers.net/abr/abrhome.html


APPENDIX
LOCATION OF ZOAR

Deuteronomy 34

1  “And Moses went up from the plains of Moab to Mount Nebo, the top of Pisgah, which is opposite Jericho. And Jehovah caused him to see all the land; Gilead to Dan;
2 and all Naphtali, and the land of Ephraim, and Manasseh, and all the land of Judah to the sea beyond;
3 and the Negeb, and the plain of the valley of Jericho, the city of palm trees, to Zoar.
4 And Jehovah said to him, This is the land which I have sworn to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, saying, I will give it to your seed. I have caused you to see with your eyes, but you shall not cross over there.

(Literal Translation by J.P. Green, Sr.)

Gilead to Dan“, if one reads this last phrase of verse one and stops they could assume that Dan was to the north of the territory of Gilead, but instead the city of Dan is almost directly north of Jericho and north of the territory of Naphtali, see the map below. North of Gilead is the non-Israelite kingdom of Bashan. So it seems better for understanding if one partitions it as “Gilead to Dan and all of Naphtali;

Then if we look at verse three with the north as our pattern we will see that the location of Zoar should be to the south of the territory of the Negeb where settled by the tribe of Simeon and not directly to the south of “the plain of the valley of Jericho”. And it should be directly to the south of Jericho and Dan.

During the early Israelite settlement period the upper portion of the Negeb was settled by the tribe of Simeon which is not mentioned in the verses. Likewise the territory of the tribe of Dan is not mentioned in the north.

Therefore, the traditional location of Zoar as shown on the Madaba Map, and this location is disputed by many, is exactly where one would expect it to be according to this understanding of Deuteronomy 34:1-3.

Note: All three cities mentioned, Dan (Laish), Jericho, and Zoar (Bela) are ancient sites that predate Abraham.

Deuteronomy 34 representation

Lot was the nephew of Abraham.

7  “Now these are the descendants of Terah. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot.

(Gen. 11:7)

When Yahweh told Abraham to go to the Promised Land, Lot went with him.

1  “NOW THE Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.
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And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.
3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who curses you I will curse; and by you all the families of the earth shall bless themselves.”
4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.

(Gen. 12:1-4)

There was strife between Abraham’s herdsmen and Lot’s herdsmen. The land could not support both of them.

5 And Lot, who went with Abram, also had flocks and herds and tents,
6 so that the land could not support both of them dwelling together; for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together,
7 and there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s cattle and the herdsmen of Lot’s cattle. At that time the Canaanites and the Perizzites dwelt in the land.

(Gen. 13:5-7)

So Abraham told Lot, “We are kinsmen. So there is no strife between us, we should separate.

8  “Then Abram said to Lot,”Let there be no strife between you and me, and between your herdsmen and my herdsmen; for we are kinsmen.
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Is not the whole land before you? Separate yourself from me. If you take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if you take the right hand, then I will go to the left.

(Gen. 13:8-9)

Lot departed for Sodom in the Jordan Valley, and Gomorrah and Abraham went to Canaan.

10  “And Lot lifted up his eyes, and saw that the Jordan valley was well watered everywhere like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, in the direction of Zoar; this was before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.
11 So Lot chose for himself all the Jordan valley, and Lot journeyed east; thus they separated from each other.
12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, while Lot dwelt among the cities of the valley and moved his tent as far as Sodom.

(Gen. 13:10-12)

After they separated, Yahweh said to Abraham, “The men of Sodom are great sinners.”

13  “Now the men of Sodom were wicked, great sinners against the Lord.
14 The Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him, “Lift up your eyes, and look from the place where you are, northward and southward and eastward and westward;

(Gen. 13:13-14)

Because he has heard of their grave sins, Yahweh decides to go down to Sodom and Gomorrah to see if it is true.

20  “Then the Lord said, “Because the outcry against Sodom and Gomorrah is great and their sin is very grave,
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I will go down to see whether they have done altogether according to the outcry which has come to me; and if not, I will know.”
22 So the men turned from there, and went toward Sodom; but Abraham still stood before the Lord.”

(Gen. 18:20-22)

In this exchange between Abraham and Yahweh, Abraham wanted to know if Yahweh would destroy the righteous along with the wicked. He managed to bargain Yahweh down to ten righteous men, as enough to save a city from destruction..

23  “Then Abraham drew near, and said, “Wilt thou indeed destroy the righteous with the wicked?
24 Suppose there are fifty righteous within the city; wilt thou then destroy the place and not spare it for the fifty righteous who are in it?
25 Far be it from thee to do such a thing, to slay the righteous with the wicked, so that the righteous fare as the wicked! Far be that from thee! Shall not the Judge of all the earth do right?”
26 And the Lord said, “If I find at Sodom fifty righteous in the city, I will spare the whole place for their sake.”
27 Abraham answered, “Behold, I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord, I who am but dust and ashes.
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Suppose five of the fifty righteous are lacking? Wilt thou destroy the whole city for lack of five?” And he said, “I will not destroy it if I find forty-five there.”
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Again he spoke to him, and said, “Suppose forty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of forty I will not do it.”
30 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak.. Suppose thirty are found there.” He answered,
“I will not do it, if I find thirty there.”
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He said, “Behold, I have taken upon myself to speak to the Lord. Suppose twenty are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of twenty I will not destroy it.”
32 Then he said, “Oh let not the Lord be angry, and I will speak again but this once. Suppose ten are found there.” He answered, “For the sake of ten I will not destroy it.”
33 And the Lord went his way, when he had finished speaking to Abraham; and Abraham returned to his place.”

(Gen. 18:23-33)

Therefore Sodom was destroyed because Abraham failed to find ten righteous men.

Sodom and Gomorrah-Gen 19

When two angels came to Sodom in the evening, Lot met them at the gate.

1 The two angels came to Sodom in the evening; and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and bowed himself with his face to the earth,

Lot asked them to spend the night at his house. The angels wanted to spend the night in the street.

2 and said, “My lords, turn aside, I pray you, to your servant’s house and spend the night, and wash your feet; then you may rise up early and go on your way. They said, “No; we will spend the night in the street.”

But Lot was insistent, so they entered his house and he made them a feast.

3 But he urged them strongly; so they turned aside to him and entered his house; and he made them a feast, and baked unleavened bread, and they ate.

No sooner were they ready to bed down for the night, when the men of Sodom surrounded the house. —The phrase “all the people” leaves open the possibility that the crowd included women.

4 But before they lay down, the men of the city, the men of Sodom, both young and old, all the people to the last man, surrounded the house;

They called to Lot, “Send out your two guests so we may know them. —The phrase “know them” could be a biblical euphemism for sex. Or it could suggest the crowd was suspicious of the two strangers. Were they friend or foe?

5 and they called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us, that we may know them..”

Lot pleaded. “Please do not act so wickedly.” —The crowd was obviously angry because of their suspicions about the strangers. This doesn’t necessarily mean they were sexually frustrated.

6 Lot went out of the door to the men, shut the door after him,
7 and said, “I beg you, my brothers, do not act so wickedly.

“I have two daughters who are virgins. Do what you want to them instead.” —Could the righteous Lot be so callous to offer his daughters to be killed or gang raped? Was he offering an olive branch to assuage the people? Or was he hiding the intentions of the strangers.

8 Behold, I have two daughters who have not known man; let me bring them out to you, and do to them as you please; only do nothing to these men, for they have come under the shelter of my roof.”

This only increased their anger. So they went to break down the door. —The underlined sentence tells us the crowd’s motives. They refused to let Lot judge for them, the motives of the strangers.

9 But they said, “Stand back!” And they said, “This fellow came to sojourn, and he would play the judge! Now we will deal worse with you than with them.” Then they pressed hard against the man Lot, and drew near to break the door.

They pushed Lot back into the house and shut the door.

10 But the men put forth their hands and brought Lot into the house to them, and shut the door.

Then the angels struck the intruders with blindness. —The crowd would have had no chance of harming angels with these powers.

11 And they struck with blindness the men who were at the door of the house, both small and great, so that they wearied themselves groping for the door.

Then the angels told Lot to take his family out of the city.

12 Then the men said to Lot, “Have you any one else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or any one you have in the city, bring them out of the place;

Because the outcry against the Sodomites has been great, Yahweh sent them to destroy the city.

13 for we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.”

So Lot told his sons-in-law, who were engaged to marry his daughters, “Get out of here, for Yahweh is about to destroy the city.” But his sons-in-law thought he was jesting.

14 So Lot went out and said to his sons-in-law, who were to marry his daughters, “Up, get out of this place; for the Lord is about to destroy the city.” But he seemed to his sons-in-law to be jesting.

The next morning, the angels urged Lot to take his wife and two daughters, before the city is consumed.

15 When morning dawned, the angels urged Lot, saying, “Arise, take your wife and your two daughters who are here, lest you be consumed in the punishment of the city.”

When Lot lingered, the angels seized him, his wife and two daughters, and brought them out of the city.

16 But he lingered; so the men seized him and his wife and his two daughters by the hand, the Lord being merciful to him, and they brought him forth and set him outside the city.

When they were safely outside the city, the angels told them to flee for the hills and do not look back, lest they be consumed.

17  And when they had brought them forth, they said, “Flee for your life; do not look back or stop anywhere in the valley; flee to the hills, lest you be consumed.”

But Lot pleaded. The hills are too far away; he might not make it in time. If it is okay with the angels, can he find safety in a little city nearby?

18 And Lot said to them, “Oh, no, my lords;
19 behold, your servant has found favor in your sight, and you have shown me great kindness in saving my life; but I cannot flee to the hills, lest the disaster overtake me, and I die.
20 Behold, yonder city is near enough to flee to, and it is a little one. Let me escape there–is it not a little one?–and my life will be saved!”

The angels granted him this favor. If he goes to the city of Zoar, he will be spared.

21 He said to him, “Behold, I grant you this favor also, that I will not overthrow the city of which you have spoken.
22 Make haste, escape there; for I can do nothing till you arrive there.” Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

When the sun rose and Lot was in Zoar, Yahweh rained brimstone and fire from heaven. The cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and the other cities in the valley, and their inhabitants and crops were all destroyed.

23 The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar.
24 Then the Lord rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven;
25 and he overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.

When Lot’s wife looked back, she was turned into a pillar of salt.

26  But Lot’s wife behind him looked back, and she became a pillar of salt.

The next morning, Abraham returned to the hill where he stood before Yahweh. He saw the valley where Sodom and Gomorrah and the other cities, laid in smoke and ruins.

27 And Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the Lord;
28 and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the valley, and beheld, and lo, the smoke of the land went up like the smoke of a furnace.

Yahweh remembered Abraham and destroyed the cities where Lot lived.

29 So it was that, when God destroyed the cities of the valley, God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out of the midst of the overthrow, when he overthrew the cities in which Lot dwelt.

Lot left Zoar and went into the hills with his two daughters. Now he was afraid to live in Zoar, so he and his daughters dwelt in a cave.

30 Now Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to dwell in Zoar; so he dwelt in a cave with his two daughters.

The oldest daughter said to the younger, “Our father is old and men don’t want us anymore.”

31 And the first-born said to the younger, “Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of all the earth.

Let’s get him drunk with wine and have sex with him, so we may preserve our offspring through him.

32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve offspring through our father.”

After they got him too drunk to be aware of their presence, the oldest had sex with him.

33 So they made their father drink wine that night; and the first-born went in, and lay with her father; he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

They planned to do it again on the second night.

34 And on the next day, the first-born said to the younger, “Behold, I lay last night with my father; let us make him drink wine tonight also; then you go in and lie with him, that we may preserve offspring through our father.” The second daughter had sex with him.

35 So they made their father drink wine that night also; and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he did not know when she lay down or when she arose.

Both daughters had a child by their father.

36 Thus both the daughters of Lot were with child by their father.

The oldest daughter named her son Moab. He became the namesake of the Moabites.

37 The first-born bore a son, and called his name Moab; he is the father of the Moabites to this day.

The second daughter named her son Benammi. He was the namesake of the Ammonites.

38 The younger also bore a son and called his name Benammi; he is the father of the Ammonites to this day.

Sodom’s Sins

The word “homosexuality” is a fairly new term. So we would not expect to find it in the Bible. This collection of passages comes from a computerized search of whatever I could find on the nature of Sodom’s sins. The passages in this group complain about Sodom’s religious sins, but nothing about male-on-male sexual sins.

God will vindicate his people when he sees that their power is gone. Where are their gods to protect them, they who ate the fat of their sacrifices and drank the wine of their drink offerings? Both were taboos.

32  “For their vine comes from the vine of Sodom, and from the fields of Gomorrah; their grapes are grapes of poison, their clusters are bitter;
33 their wine is the poison of serpents, and the cruel venom of asps.
34 “Is not this laid up in store with me, sealed up in my treasuries?
35 Vengeance is mine, and recompense, for the time when their foot shall slip; for the day of their calamity is at hand, and their doom comes swiftly.
36 For the LORD will vindicate his people and have compassion on his servants, when he sees that their power is gone, and there is none remaining, bond or free.
37 Then he will say, “Where are their gods, the rock in which they took refuge,
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who ate the fat of their sacrifices, and drank the wine of their drink offering? Let them rise up and help you, let them be your protection!

(Deut. 32:32-38)

Leviticus tells us that the fat is the Lord’s. Neither fat nor blood shall be eaten.

16  “And the priest shall burn them on the altar as food offered by fire for a pleasing odor. All fat is the LORD’S..
17 It shall be a perpetual statute throughout your generations, in all your dwelling places, that you eat neither fat nor blood.

(Lev. 3:16-17)

Drink offerings were reserved for the Lord, a second violated taboo.

7  “Its drink offering shall be a fourth of a hin for each lamb; in the holy place you shall pour out a drink offering of strong drink to the LORD

(Num. 28:7)

God was offended by their vain offerings. His soul hated their new moons and appointed feasts.

9  “If the LORD of hosts had not left us a few survivors, we should have been like Sodom, and become like Gomorrah.
10 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom! Give ear to the teaching of our God, you people of Gomorrah!
11 “What to me is the multitude of your sacrifices? says the LORD; I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of he-goats.
12 “When you come to appear before me, who requires of you this trampling of my courts?
13 Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me. New moon and sabbath and the calling of assemblies— I cannot endure iniquity and solemn assembly.
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Your new moons and your appointed feasts my soul hates; they have become a burden to me, I am weary of bearing them.

(Isaiah 1:9-14)

The prophets of Jerusalem have become like Sodom. —Nobody would accuse the prophets of Jerusalem of homosexuality, adultery maybe, but not sex with another male.

14  “But in the prophets of Jerusalem I have seen a horrible thing: they commit adultery and walk in lies; they strengthen the hands of evildoers, so that no one turns from his wickedness; all of them have become like Sodom to me, and its inhabitants like Gomorrah.

(Jer. 23:14)

The Sodomites were wealthy but did not aid the poor and needy. They did abominable things.

48  “As I live, says the Lord GOD, your sister Sodom and her daughters have not done as you and your daughters have done.
49 Behold, this was the guilt of your sister Sodom: she and her daughters had pride, surfeit of food, and prosperous ease, but did not aid the poor and needy.
50  They were haughty, and did abominable things before me; therefore I removed them, when I saw it.

(Ezek. 16:48-50)

They were ungodly; they did lawless deeds. Lot was distressed by the licentiousness of the wicked. —The word “licentiousness” is ambiguous. Strong’s Concordance quotes the Greek phrase as aselgeia anastrophe, meaning filthy conversation. Lot was distressed with the filthy conversation of the wicked.

if by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction and made them an example to those who were to be ungodly;
7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the licentiousness of the wicked

8 for by what that righteous man saw and heard as he lived among them, he was vexed in his righteous soul day after day with their lawless deeds,

(2 Peter 2:6-8)

The correct translation can be found in the King James Version.

7  “And delivered just Lot, vexed with the filthy conversation of the wicked:

(2 Peter 2:7 KJV)

Cult prostitution

I’ve used Sex and the Bible by Gerald Larue as a reference for this section.

Canaanite religion was centered in fertility and reproduction. Male and female prostitutes belonged to the temple cult and participated in rites designed to stimulate divine help in increasing fertility in the soil and in the flocks and herds. Whether or not homosexual acts were involved cannot be known for sure. There can be little doubt that the Hebrews borrowed the concept of cult prostitution from the Canaanites.

Deuteronomic law parallels female-cult-prostitution with whore and male-cult-prostitution with dog. The words qedeshah and qadesh are derived from the root meaning, “to be holy” (q-d-h) and refers to persons engaged in the service of a deity.

17 There shall be no cult prostitute [qedeshah] of the daughters of Israel, neither shall there be a cult prostitute [qadesh] of the sons of Israel.
18 You shall not bring the hire of a harlot, or the wages of a dog, into the house of the LORD your God in payment for any vow; for both of these are an abomination to the LORD your God.

(Deut. 23:17-18)

In the King James Version we see the roots of where sodomy got associated with homosexuality. The terms “whore” and “sodomite” are used in place of cult prostitution. The modern translations are more accurate.

17  “There shall be no whore of the daughters of Israel, nor a sodomite of the sons of Israel.
(Deut. 23:17-18 KJV)

These next three passages illustrate female and male cult prostitution. The strong denunciations make it clear that it was not part of traditional Hebrew worship.

1. When Moses found men of Israel playing “harlot with the daughters of Moab,” he had them killed. Baal of Peor was a Canaanite god.

1  “While Israel dwelt in Shittim the people began to play the harlot with the daughters of Moab.
2 These invited the people to the sacrifices of their gods, and the people ate, and bowed down to their gods.
3 So Israel yoked himself to Baal of Peor. And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Israel;
4 and the LORD said to Moses, “Take all the chiefs of the people, and hang them in the sun before the LORD, that the fierce anger of the LORD may turn away from Israel.
5 And Moses said to the judges of Israel, “Every one of you slay his men who have yoked themselves to Baal of Peor.

(Num. 25:1-5)

2. King Asa abolished male-cult-prostitution.

11  “And Asa did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, as David his father had done.
12
He put away the male cult prostitutes out of the land, and removed all the idols that his fathers had made.

(1 Kings 15:11-12)

3. King Jehoshaphat exterminated male-cult-prostitutes from the land.

45  “Now the rest of the acts of Jehoshaphat, and his might that he showed, and how he warred, are they not written in the Book of the Chronicles of the Kings of Judah?
46
And the remnant of the male cult prostitutes who remained in the days of his father Asa, he exterminated from the land.

(1 Kings 22:45-46)

Christianity

The only passage connecting Sodom and Gomorrah with anal sex is Jude 7. Christian sources associate it with homosexuality.

They acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust.

7  “just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise acted immorally and indulged in unnatural lust, serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire..

(Jude 7)

The King James is more specific with “fornication and going after strange flesh.

Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

(Jude 7 KJV)

Within the New Testament, the term arsenakoitai is used to refer to sodomites and means ‘those who enter the buttocks.’

10 immoral persons, sodomites, kidnapers, liars, perjurers, and whatever else is contrary to sound doctrine,

(1 Tim. 1:10)

Paul supported Jewish scripture in asserting gays and lesbians will not inherit the kingdom of God.

27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in their own persons the due penalty for their error.

(Rom.. 1:27)

9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither the immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor sexual perverts,
10
nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God.

(1 Cor. 6:9)

Conclusion

Sodom and Gomorrah were Canaanite settlements that practiced cult prostitution consistent with their fertility religions. The men of Sodom were rightly suspicious of the two spies that Yahweh had sent. They became violently angry at Lot for protecting them. They were not destroyed for reasons of homosexuality. The story grew into an object lesson to condemn homosexuals.

Further reading

Killer Laws

There were many laws punishable by death.

The King James Version of Sodom and Gomorrah

Genesis 19:1-19:28

[1] And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground;

[2]
And he said, Behold now, my lords, turn in, I pray you, into your servant’s house, and tarry all night, and wash your feet, and ye shall rise up early, and go on your ways. And they said, Nay; but we will abide in the street all night.

[3]
And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

[4]
But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter:

[5] And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them.

[6] And Lot went out at the door unto them, and shut the door after him,

[7] And said, I pray you, brethren, do not so wickedly.

[8] Behold now, I have two daughters which have not known man; let me, I pray you, bring them out unto you, and do ye to them as is good in your eyes: only unto these men do nothing; for therefore came they under the shadow of my roof.

[9]
And they said, Stand back. And they said again, This one fellow came in to sojourn, and he will needs be a judge: now will we deal worse with thee, than with them. And they pressed sore upon the man, even Lot, and came near to break the door.

[10] But the men put forth their hand, and pulled Lot into the house to them, and shut to the door.

[11] And they smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness, both small and great: so that they wearied themselves to find the door.

[12]
And the men said unto Lot, Hast thou here any besides? son in law, and thy sons, and thy daughters, and whatsoever thou hast in the city, bring them out of this place:

[13] For we will destroy this place, because the cry of them is waxen great before the face of the LORD; and the LORD hath sent us to destroy it.

[14] And Lot went out, and spake unto his sons in law, which married his daughters, and said, Up, get you out of this place; for the LORD will destroy this city. But he seemed as one that mocked unto his sons in law.

[15] And when the morning arose, then the angels hastened Lot, saying, Arise, take thy wife, and thy two daughters, which are here; lest thou be consumed in the iniquity of the city.

[16] And while he lingered, the men laid hold upon his hand, and upon the hand of his wife, and upon the hand of his two daughters; the LORD being merciful unto him: and they brought him forth, and set him without the city.

[17]
And it came to pass, when they had brought them forth abroad, that he said, Escape for thy life; look not behind thee, neither stay thou in all the plain; escape to the mountain, lest thou be consumed.

[18]
And Lot said unto them, Oh, not so, my Lord:

[19]
Behold now, thy servant hath found grace in thy sight, and thou hast magnified thy mercy, which thou hast shewed unto me in saving my life; and I cannot escape to the mountain, lest some evil take me, and I die:

[20] Behold now, this city is near to flee unto, and it is a little one: Oh, let me escape thither, (is it not a little one?) and my soul shall live.

[21] And he said unto him, See, I have accepted thee concerning this thing also, that I will not overthrow this city, for the which thou hast spoken.

[22] Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither. Therefore the name of the city was called Zoar.

[23]
The sun was risen upon the earth when Lot entered into Zoar.

[24] Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;

[25] And he overthrew those cities, and all the plain, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and that which grew upon the ground.

[26]
But his wife looked back from behind him, and she became a pillar of salt.

[27] And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD:

[28] And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

Additional King James passages mentioning Sodom and Gomorrah

Ezekial 16:49-50

[49] Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abundance of idleness was in her and in her daughters, neither did she strengthen the hand of the poor and needy.

[50] And they were haughty, and committed abomination before me: therefore I took them away as I saw good.

Isaiah 1:4-10

[4] Ah sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: they have forsaken the LORD, they have provoked the Holy One of Israel unto anger, they are gone away backward.

[5]
Why should ye be stricken any more? ye will revolt more and more: the whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint.

[6]
From the sole of the foot even unto the head there is no soundness in it; but wounds, and bruises, and putrifying sores: they have not been closed, neither bound up, neither mollified with ointment.

[7]
Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers.

[8]
And the daughter of Zion is left as a cottage in a vineyard, as a lodge in a garden of cucumbers, as a besieged city.

[9]
Except the LORD of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah.

[10] Hear the word of the LORD, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 23:13-18

[13] And I have seen folly in the prophets of Samaria; they prophesied in Baal, and caused my people Israel to err.

[14]
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies: they strengthen also the hands of evildoers, that none doth return from his wickedness: they are all of them unto me as Sodom, and the inhabitants thereof as Gomorrah.

[15] Therefore thus saith the LORD of hosts concerning the prophets; Behold, I will feed them with wormwood, and make them drink the water of gall: for from the prophets of Jerusalem is profaneness gone forth into all the land.

[16] Thus saith the LORD of hosts, Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you: they make you vain: they speak a vision of their own heart, and not out of the mouth of the LORD.

[17]
They say still unto them that despise me, The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.

[18] For who hath stood in the counsel of the LORD, and hath perceived and heard his word? who hath marked his word, and heard it?

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