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These five cities, also known as the "cities of the plain" from Genesis in the Authorized Versionwere situated on the Jordan River plain in the southern region of the land of Canaan. The plain was compared to the garden of Eden [Gen. Divine judgment was passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah and two neighboring cities, which were consumed by fire and brimstone. Neighboring Zoar Bela was the only city to be spared.
In Abrahamic religionsSodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of divine retribution.
Sodom and Gomorrah have been used historically and in modern discourse as metaphors for homosexualityand are the origin of the English words, sodomitea pejorative term for male homosexuals, and sodomywhich is used in a legal context Ung Åslaug - Sissel - De Beste 1986-2006 describe sexual crimes against nature, namely anal or oral sex particularly homosexual and bestiality.
The etymology of both names is uncertain, and scholars disagree about them. The Book of Genesis is the primary source that mentions the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah. The Battle of Siddim is Book Burning - Sodom - Sodom : 1995-2001 in Genesis — Sodom and Gomorrah's political situation is described when Lot had encamped in Sodom's territory.
At this time, "the men of Sodom [were] wicked and sinners before the Lord exceedingly". Their kingship was not sovereign, because all of the river Jordan plain was under Elamite rule for 12 years. The kingdom of Elam was ruled by King Chedorlaomer.
In the 13th year of subjugation to Elam, the five kings of the river Jordan plain allied to rebel against Elamite rule. In response, Elam's King Chedorlaomergathered additional forces from ShinarEllasar and Goyim to suppress this rebellion from the cities of the plain.
They waged war in the Vale of Siddim in the 14th year. The battle was brutal with heavy losses in the cities of the plain, with their resultant defeat, Genesis Sodom and Gomorrah were spoiled of their goods, and captives were taken, including Lot.
The tide of war turned when Lot's uncle, Abrahamgathered an elite force that slaughtered King Chedorlaomer's forces in Hobah, north of Damascus.
The success of his mission freed the cities of the plain from under Elam's rule. The story of the judgment of Sodom and Gomorrah is told in Genesis 18— Three men came to Abraham in the plains of Mamre. After the angels received the hospitality of Abraham and Freecellplus - Yuppster - My New Albumthe Lord revealed to Abraham that he would confirm what he had heard against Sodom and Gomorrah, "and because their sin Everybodys Talkin My Baby Down - Celine Dion* - The Colour Of My Love Concert (DVD) very grievous.
In response, Abraham inquired of the Lord if he would spare the city if 50 righteous people were found in it, to which the Lord agreed he would not destroy it for the sake of the righteous yet dwelling therein.
Abraham then inquired of God for Book Burning - Sodom - Sodom : 1995-2001 at lower numbers first 45, then 40, Book Burning - Sodom - Sodom : 1995-2001 30, then 20, and finally at 10with the Lord agreeing Book Burning - Sodom - Sodom : 1995-2001 time. Genesis —5 described what followed, which The Calling - Befallen - Demo 2003 its end:. Lot refused to give his guests to the inhabitants of Sodom and, instead, offered them his two virgin daughters "which have not known man" and to "do ye to them as [is] good in your eyes".
They refused this offer, complained about this alien, namely Lot, judging them, and then came near to break down the door. Lot's angelic guests rescued him and struck the men with blindness and they informed Lot of their mission to destroy the city.
Then not having found even 10 righteous people in the citythey commanded Lot to gather his family and leave. As they made their escape, one angel commanded Lot to "look not behind thee" singular "thee". As Sodom and Gomorrah were being destroyed with brimstone and fire from the Lord, Lot's wife looked back at the city, and she became a pillar of salt. The Hebrew Bible refers to Sodom and Gomorrah.
The New Testament also contains passages of parallels to the destruction and surrounding events that pertained to these cities and those who were involved. Later deuterocanonical texts attempt to glean additional insights about these cities of the Jordan Plain and their residents. Moses referred to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah in Deuteronomy —23 :. Your children who follow you in later generations and foreigners who come from distant lands will see the calamities that have fallen on the land and the diseases with which the L ORD has afflicted it.
The whole land will be a burning waste of salt and sulfur—nothing planted, nothing sprouting, Kentucky Trail - Joze Privsek And His Music* - Melody & Rhythm Vol. 6 vegetation Book Burning - Sodom - Sodom : 1995-2001 on it. It will be like the destruction Various - LOro Di Napoli Sodom and Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboyimwhich the Lord overthrew in fierce anger.
See also: Deuteronomy — Isaiah —10Isaiah and Isaiah —22 addresses people as from Sodom and Gomorrah, associates Sodom with shameless sinning and tells Babylon that it will end like those two cities. JeremiahJeremiah —18Jeremiah —40 and Lamentations associate Sodom and Gomorrah with Book Burning - Sodom - Sodom : 1995-2001 and lies, prophesies the fate of Edom, south of the Dead Sea, predicts the fate of Babylon and uses Sodom as a comparison. In Ezekiel —50God compares Jerusalem to Sodom, saying "Sodom never did what you and your daughters have done.
They were haughty and did detestable things before me. In Amos —11God tells the Israelites that although he treated them like Sodom and Gomorrah, they still did not repent. In Matthew —15cf. Luke —12Jesus declares certain cities more damnable than Sodom Book Burning - Sodom - Sodom : 1995-2001 Gomorrah, due to their response to Jesus' disciples, in the light of greater grace RSV :.
And if any one will not receive you or listen to your words, shake off the dust from your feet as you leave that house or town. Truly, I say to you, it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom and Gomor'rah than for that town.
And you, Caper'na-um, will you be exalted to heaven? You shall be brought down to Hades. For if the mighty works done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. But I tell you that it shall be more tolerable on the day of judgment for the land of Sodom than for you. Likewise as it was in the days of Lot—they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built, but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom fire and sulphur rained from heaven and destroyed them all—so will it be on the day when the Son of man is revealed.
In 2 Peter —10Saint Peter says that just as God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah and saved Lot, he will deliver godly people from temptations and punish the wicked on Judgement Day. Jude records that both Sodom and Gomorrah were "giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire".
Revelation —8 makes an allegorical use of Sodom when it describes the places where the two witnesses will descend during the Apocalypse. Wisdom —8 refers to the Five Cities :. Wisdom rescued a righteous man when the ungodly were perishing; he escaped the fire that descended on the Five Cities. Evidence of their wickedness still remains: a continually smoking wasteland, plants bearing Book Burning - Sodom - Sodom : 1995-2001 that does not ripen, and a pillar of salt standing as a monument to an unbelieving soul.
For because they passed wisdom by, they not only were hindered from recognizing the good, but also left for mankind a reminder of their folly, so that their failures could never go unnoticed.
Wisdom says that the Egyptians who enslaved the Israelites were "struck with blindness, like the men of Sodom who came to the door of that righteous man Lot. They found themselves in total darkness, as each one groped around to find his own door. Sirach says "[God] did not spare the neighbors of Lot, whom he loathed on account of their insolence.
In 3 Maccabeesthe high priest Simon says that God "consumed with fire and sulphur the men of Sodom who acted arrogantly, who were notorious for their vices; and you made them an example to those who should come afterward". So will I do to those who have not listened to me, says the Lord Almighty. In 2 EsdrasEzra says that Dont Blame Me - Marky Ramone - The Originals prayed for the people of Sodom.
There are other stories and historical names which bear a resemblance to the biblical stories of Sodom and Gomorrah. Some possible natural explanations for the events described have been proposed, but no widely accepted or strongly verified sites for the cities have been found.
The Jewish historian Josephus identifies the Dead Sea in geographic proximity to the ancient biblical city of Sodom. He refers to the lake by its Greek name, Asphaltites. InWalter E. Rast and R. Thomas Schaub discovered or visited a number of possible sites of the cities, including Bab edh-Dhrawhich was originally excavated in by archaeologist Paul Lapp, and later finished by Rast and Schaub following his Reggae Rambo - Reggae Rambo - No Drugs Please. She reports: "In the final season of the present series of excavations of the Expedition to the Dead Sea Plain —the walled site of Feifa was investigated and the EB cemetery that stretched to its east was excavated.
The most recent surveys suggested that the visible structures of the walled site belonged to the Iron Age or Roman period. Another candidate for Sodom is the Tall el-Hammam dig site which began in under the direction of Steven Collins. Professor Eugene H. Merrill believes that the identification of Tall el-Hammam with Sodom would require an unacceptable restructuring of the biblical chronology. Certain skeptics of the biblical account have theorized that, provided that the cities existed at all, they might have been destroyed by natural disaster.
This might have unleashed showers of steaming tar. There is a lack of contemporary accounts of seismic activity within the necessary time frame to corroborate this theory.
Init was proposed that this ancient city was destroyed about years ago by a meteoritic explosion in the atmosphere equivalent to 10 megatonnes, laying waste to Tall el-Hammam and degrading the fertility of the local land. In Giovanni Pettinato claimed that a cuneiform tablet that had been found in the newly discovered library Book Burning - Sodom - Sodom : 1995-2001 Ebla contained the names of all five of the cities of the plain Sodom, Gomorrah, AdmahZeboimand Belalisted in the same order as in Genesis.
The names si-da-mu [TM. Sodom and Gomorra. InRon Wyattand Richard Rives explored the area around Masada and uncovered large sulfur chunks embedded within natural rock. Wyatt's reliability is discredited by many scholars, historians, historical organizations, Nazis Against Fascism - Sid Did It Israel Antiquities Authority  and even religious institutions, including Answers in Genesis.
Rabbi Basil Herring, who served as head of the Rabbinical Council of America from towrites that both the Rabbinic tradition and modern orthodox position consider the Torah to condemn homosexuality as an abomination.
Moreover, that it "conveys its abhorrence of homosexuality through a variety of narrative settings", God's judgment of The Poland Brothers* - First To Fight and Gomorrah being a "paradigmatic" instance of such condemnation.
Rictor Norton views classical Jewish texts as stressing the cruelty and lack of hospitality of the inhabitants of Sodom to the "stranger".
Rabbinic writings affirm that the Sodomites also committed economic crimes, blasphemy and bloodshed. Eliezer Book Burning - Sodom - Sodom : 1995-2001 reported to be a victim of such legally unjust conduct, after Sarah sent him to Sodom to report on Lot's welfare. The citizens also regularly tortured foreigners who sought lodging. They did this by providing the foreigners a standard-sized beds and if they saw that the foreigner was too short for the bed, they would forcibly stretch their limbs but if the foreigner was too tall, they would cut off Book Burning - Sodom - Sodom : 1995-2001 legs ;   As a result, many people refrained from visiting Sodom and Gomorrah.
Beggars who settled into the two cities for refuge were similarly mistreated. The citizens would give them marked coins presumably used to purchase food but were nonetheless forbidden, by proclamation, to provide these necessary services. Once the beggar died of starvation, citizens who initially gave the beggar the coins were permitted to retrieve them, provided that they could recognize it.
The beggar's clothing was also provided as a reward for any citizen who could successfully overcome their opponent in a street fight.
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