THE SEARCH FOR SODOM:
IS IT BAB EDH-DHRA OR PERHAPS TALL EL-HAMMAM?
Biblical Archaeology BIBL471_D01
Apr 7, 2013
Since the early nineteenth century archaeology and Christian bible students have discovered a difference in archaeological and geographical evidence that supports a northern watch of Sodom or a southern view of Sodom. The Southern site for Sodom is commonly termed as the Bab edh-Dhra and the northern site for Sodom is referred to as the Tall el-Hammam. Since archaeology have not discovered exact facts indicating a specific site because the biblical Sodom, the search for Sodom remains a mystery. To accurately look into these sites trying to form a conclusion, key points need to be uncovered. The objective of this newspaper is to uncover certain facts pertaining to these areas. The particular facts are as follows; the site every single position thinks is Sodom, the evidence intended for destruction at both sites and how each site fulfills the criteria intended for the biblical location of Sodom. In addition this conventional paper will review and recognize the strengths and weaknesses of each and every position. Two sites had been excavated as is feasible sites of the biblical Sodom. Which one can it be? First the paper is going to focus on the southern web page named Bab edh-Dhra, and after that an examination of the Tall el-Hammam will be done. Bab edh-Dhra may be the excavated internet site along the Valley of Siddom, South of the Dead Ocean. Many advocates of this site suggest that this great site is located exactly on the asian fault, which provides evidence intended for it's damage. Furthermore, they indicate the Bible traditionally supports this location in Genesis 13: 10, Genesis 14: twelve and Genesis 19: twenty four. J. Penrose Harland explains that an general agreement between the southern followers and upper supporters is usually that the cities of the Plain need to be found in Ghor, or Pit of the Jordan and the Deceased Sea. However , Harland states, " the evidence is preponderantly in favor of a location at the Southern end with the Dead SeaвЂќ, which is described as Bab edh-Dhra. To better understand this preponderant view the archaeological evidence intended for the break down of Bab edh-Dhra should be revealed. Dr . Price is a prominent promoter of this site and he reveals that site was never reoccupied after the Early Bronze particular date of 2300-2000 B. C. This data supports the truth that after the break down of Sodom by the difficulty of Our god that this site was uninhabitable. Furthermore, significant ash levels were uncovered, which helps Genesis nineteen: 24-28. Geologist Frederick Clapp surveyed Ghor, the southern end of the Dead Sea and uncovered abundant amounts of asphalt, petroleum and natural gas. In addition , the smell of sulphur and ash debris represented in Genesis 13: 10 were present. Considering that the Bible explains to us that Sodom was destroyed might be the Patriarchs one important discovery has to be made in consider to the particular date of the Patriarchs. The site of Bab edh-Dhra provides a day of the second millennium B. C. Dr . Price concurs with this breakthrough and says, " Only a second millennium context is going to fit the type of inheritance utilized by the Patriarchs. Many holy bible scholars and archaeologists possess spent several hours discovering the site of Bab edh-Dhra. At this point conditions that causes Bab edh-Dhra to become considered as biblical Sodom is the followings; the Bible, the late Ancient greek and Roman writers, coming from geology and topography, by hydrography, and archaeology. Furthermore, Genesis 13: 10 describes Sodom as " a highly watered land like the property of Egypt. вЂќ Consequently , the Paleo-botanical studies performed on and on the Bab edh-Dhra site expose that the area has had a rich selection of seeds, meeting the criteria for a well-watered land. One more huge finding that causes Bab edh-Dhra to get recognized as Sodom is the reference point in Genesis 19: 1, where Whole lot is sitting down at the city gate. Bab...
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