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Righteous Lot?

Righteous Lot

7 and if he rescued righteous Lot, greatly distressed by the sensual conduct of the wicked 8 (for as that righteous man lived among them day after day, he was tormenting his righteous soul over their lawless deeds that he saw and heard); (2 Pet. 2:7–8 ESV)

Three times in two verses Peter says that Lot was righteous. Yet, if the only commentary we had on Lot’s life came from Genesis, I doubt that we’d describe him as a righteous man. His “accomplishments” include:

  • Choosing to live in what was probably the most wicked place on Earth (Gen 13:12)
  • He sat in Sodom’s gate (Gen 19:1) which suggests he had status in a city full of extreme sinners (Gen 13:13).
  • He offered his virgin daughters to a mob of rapists in an effort to protect his angelic guests (Gen 19:8).
  • He became drunk to the point of passing out after which his daughters fathered children by him (Gen 19:30-35).
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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Genesis

Why Did God Destroy Sodom?

Destroy Sodom

Why did God destroy Sodom? Here is the simple answer:

But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the LORD. (Gen. 13:13 NKJV)

It really is just as simple as Genesis 13:13 says. The men of that city were great sinners and God will only tolerate so much. The question should not be why did God destroy Sodom, but how did He decide when it was time to destroy the city? To what depths of sin must a society sink before God takes action?

Point of no return

The Bible gives us clues that God delays His judgement until there is no hope that a society will turn away from their sin. A key verse in this regard is found in Genesis 15. This is the chapter where God formalized His covenant with Abraham. In a vision, God told Abraham that his descendants would sojourn in another land, but that they would ultimately return and take possession of the land of Canaan.

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Genesis, Judgement

Objections To Tall el-Hammam

Objections To Tall el-Hammam
Tall el-Hammam (Sodom)

Many experts do not accept that Tall el-Hammam is Sodom. As I noted in the first article in this series, the prevailing theory for the past century has placed Sodom at the southern end of the Dead Sea. Perhaps even beneath the surface of the Dead Sea. 

It’s hard to go against a century of tradition, and the common belief in a southern location has resulted in several objections to a northern location. To wrap up this series on Tall el-Hammam, let’s look at the common objections raised against a northern location for Sodom.

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Archaeology, Genesis

Tall el-Hammam And The Bible’s Chronology

The Bible's Chronology
Tall el-Hammam (Sodom)

How well does the date of the destruction of Tall el-Hammam line up with the Bible’s chronology for the destruction of Sodom? We’ve already considered that Tall el-Hammam is in the right place to be Sodom. It’s also been observed that Tall el-Hammam contains the right stuff to be Sodom. However, if Tall el-Hammam’s destruction was hundreds of years before or after the time of Abraham, it can’t be Sodom.

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Archaeology, Genesis

Is Tall el-Hammam Sodom?

Tall el-Hammam
Tall el-Hammam (Sodom)

In the previous blog post and accompanying video, we compared the area of Tall el-Hammam with the Bible’s description of the location of Sodom. As a candidate for the ruins of Sodom, Tall el-Hammam definitely meets the Bible’s geographical criteria. If Tall el-Hammam is Sodom, the artifacts from the excavations should also be consistent with the Bible’s description. What have archeologists discovered at Tall el-Hammam?

Size and architecture

The Bible describes Sodom as a fortified city based on the fact that it had a gate. 

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 (Gen. 19:1 ESV)

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Posted by Eddie Lawrence in Archaeology, Genesis