Archeologists find evidence of the obliteration of Sodom-Gomorrah

Since God created the world, and since science is all about studying the natural world, there is no intrinsic reason why science and religion, specifically Christianity, should be at loggerheads. Indeed, as science becomes more advanced, more and more it is confirming biblical accounts.
Several months ago, geologists found confirmation that, just as Matthew 27:50-52 recounted (“But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit. And behold, the veil of the sanctuary was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth quaked, rocks were split, tombs were opened….”), an earthquake did take place at or around the time of Jesus’ death on the cross. The geologists gave a precise date for His death: Friday, April 3, 33 A.D.
Now, a team of archeologists have discovered evidence of a catastrophic “heat event” that wiped out ancient Sodom and Gomorrah — just as the Old Testament had chronicled:

Genesis 19

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.

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.

The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, by John Martin, 1852

John Bergsma writes for The Sacred Page, Dec. 7, 2011:

By far the most interesting session at the recent Society of Biblical Literature Congress in San Francisco was one I wandered into by chance.  I am always curious about what is going on in biblical archeology, so one afternoon I decided to … go hear about the excavations at a certain site called “Tall-el-Hammam.”

I had no idea what I was in for. 
After about five minutes into the session, I realized that the archeological team assigned to this dig was convinced that they had found the biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. After another half-hour, it seemed they had most of the participants convinced as well. The sites fit the geographical and temporal context into which Sodom and Gomorrah are placed in the biblical texts. The cities at the site were suddenly and completely wiped out in the Late Bronze Age, which makes a reasonably good fit with the biblical accounts of Abraham and Lot. 
The entire presentation was very convincing, but never once did they deal with the “elephant in the room”: what caused the sites to be suddenly abandoned?  As soon as the session was over, I was the first to raise my hand.  “Did you find any arrow heads?  Signs of invasion?  What happened to them?” 
The lead archeologist paused for a moment.  “I didn’t want to go there,” he said.  Another pause. “I’m preparing material for publication.”  Pause.  “All I want to say ‘on camera’ is, they appear to have been wiped out in a ‘heat event’.”
A “heat event”!?  What?!
“If you want to know more, I’ll talk after the session off the record.”
I wish I could divulge what he said to a small group of us clustered around the podium after the session was over, but it would break confidence. We’ll have to wait for the official peer-reviewed publications.
Here’s a link to the dig’s main website: https://www.tallelhammam.com/
One of the archeologists, Dr. Steven Collins, was more forthcoming in a comment he wrote on Bergsma’s article. This is what Dr. Collins wrote:
“On our terminal MB2 event, what I can say is that multiple lines of evidence continue to confirm that not only massive Tall el-Hammam, but also its many satellite towns and villages on the eastern Kikkar, suffered some sort of fiery, civilization-ending cataclysm toward the end of the Middle Bronze Age, with the selfsame, well-watered-in-abundance area remaining devoid of settlements for the next 600 years or so […] The entirety of Tall el-Hammam’s MB2 footprint is covered in heavy ash (from .5m-1m thick), ash filled destruction debris, and other conflagratory indicators that will be published in appropriate venues. […] Is Tall el-Hammam biblical Sodom? Well, if it isn’t (and I say this with complete confidence in what I know to be the facts of the case), there are going to be a lot of people with a lot of ‘splainin’ to do, Lucy!”
In a comment responding to Dr. Collins, Bergsma asks a follow up question: “Is there any associated destruction layer at Jericho from this same time period?”
Dr. Collins’ answer:
“Yes, John, there is. The terminal MB destruction at Jericho seems to be of similar date (17th/16th century BCE). Still needs a lot of study. Our ceramic assemblage is very similar, perhaps identical. It seems reasonable that Hammam and Jericho, along with the rest of the towns in the Kikkar, went down together. Jericho was re-occupied by around 1400 for a brief period. The eastern Kikkar didn’t recover at all until about 1000 BCE when a few Iron 2 walled towns sprang up.”

A cataclysmic “civilization-ending” “conflagratory” (fiery) “heat event” that reduced Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes, making the area uninhabitable for 600 years. That’s no ordinary fire. Not even a volcanic eruption would do that.
As an example, the ecology of Mount St. Helens in Washington state quickly recovered after the devastating eruptions of May 18, 1980. One account chronicles:
“within weeks, an exotic mammal started meandering through the devastation…. A few burrowing animals survived in zones of complete devastation. Volcanic ash is sterile and lifeless, but in parts of the blast area … [Virginia Dale, an ecologist at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, says,] ‘Pocket gophers came up through the ash, and because of their habits, succeeded in mixing the soil with the ash layer, and with seeds and parts of plants.’ In areas with less than, say, 25 centimeters of ash, gophers ‘were really important to the recovery.’ Credit the gophers for mixing essential fungi that help plant roots to absorb soil nutrients. … Overall, Dale says, the recovery has been ‘highly variable but rapid in some disturbance types,’ and quite different from what ecologists would have predicted.”
The archeological evidence of what happened to Sodom and Gomorrah is sobering….
~Eowyn

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Caroline Niven-Roy
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Yes, it was violently destroyed by god…

JosephBC69
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I find it odd there’s no mention of radioactive measurements for these sites, nor of a sudden volcanic eruption, just as the town of Pompeii was destroyed centuries later. But these may be in the forthcoming articles….

TrailDust
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There are some neighborhoods in the USA that should take this warning seriously.

1wanderingtruthseeker
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Zach.Sitchin explained it all in his books. A nuclear bomb destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah in ancient times. Where did the bomb come from? The anicent gods from another world brought here. It has a high radiological count. Black glass made from exterme heat. check it out.

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Shalom, Didn’t you know that the Sodomites & Gomorraites moved to San Francisco? NO SEX TOYS OF THE PROPHET MUHAMMAD? ARE THEY AFRAID SOME MUSLIMS MIGHT CUT OFF THEIR D–KS? FOLSOM STREET FAIR SEX TOYS The Baby Jesus Butt Plug, at a mere $30, is their least expensive Christian anal sex toy. Notice how Divine Interventions purposely makes blasphemous dildos mocking all major religions except Islam. It’s easy to taunt people that you don’t actually fear. I’ll start to respect them on the day they make a Mohammed the Penetrator dildo or Anal Probe Allah. Buddha, Mary and Jesus —… Read more »

Joan
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Thank you Dr. Eowyn for this most interesting and remarkable post! Once again, just like your post on the Crucifixion and how science indicated that there was indeed an earthquake that took place when Jesus died, so, too, science confirms Biblical communication regarding the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. Although this is indeed “sobering,” I am so excited when science and theology work together!

hrmfc
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hrmfc

When one has faith it is easier to believe. Reading these affirmations just adds a little cement to the strong foundation of my faith.

sunnypatchcottage
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Reblogged this on Sunny Patch Cottage.

Tim Shey
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Great information here. The Lord will have the final say on the United States of Sodom and Gomorrah.
“This is Sodom! This is Sodom!”
https://hitchhikeamerica.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/this-is-sodom-this-is-sodom/

Tim Shey
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Sodom and Gomorrah sounds like New York City, San Francisco or Las Vegas.

James
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James

I was speaking with someone the other day and we where wondering if anything or any signs of inhabitants to date

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LAH
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Its article is way off….last I read or heard San Francisco is still intact.

Tim Shey
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This is from my High Plains Drifter blog: [4 July 2015] Earlier today I got a ride from Lewiston to Grangeville, Idaho. I walked out of Grangeville about a half mile and this car pulled over to give me a ride. It was an older couple. They knew some friends of mine that lived in the Kooskia neighborhood. They said that they could drop me off at my friends’ place. As we were driving down the road, the husband told me about a vision that an ex-Muslim had from the Lord. He had been a dyed-in-the-wool Muslim for a number… Read more »

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This is very similar to the destruction of Pompeii. Coincidence???? Just a thought! 🙂

josephbc69
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It was only today [24 July 2016] that I revisited this posting after I read Eo’s Devotion and I noted her mentioning thst we now have a definite date for Christ’s death on Calvary: Friday, April 3, 33 A.D.
This was the first I’d ever learned of it, and I was suddenly struck by the fact that these numerals are one-half of 666. While I’m imagining all possible explanations and permutations of this curious relationship, I wonder if any other reader has thoughts on this? Very odd, indeed!

ROGZIEL
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Interesting. Some years back I did an internship for a national conservative publication. On my first day on the job, I was handed an assignment: Check out this ancient Egypt being Negro thing (as around 1990, Black-centric lore posited the theory that ancient Egypt was primarily Negroid and that over the years, the White Man has betrayed and taken over Egypt). We didn’t have the internet handy then, so I sped-read the entire BRITANNICA section on ancient Egypt, as well as reading numerous articles from archeologists, like Biblical Archaeology Review (BAR). I interviewed about seven archeologists and curators of the… Read more »

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