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Biblical city was destroyed by an asteroid, evidence suggests

By T.K. Randall
September 30, 2023 · Comment icon 136 comments

Were Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed by an asteroid ? Image Credit: Public Domain
New excavations in Jordan have revealed evidence to suggest that the city of Sodom was destroyed by an asteroid impact.
In the Book of Genesis, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were completely destroyed by way of fire and brimstone in response to the sins of their inhabitants.

While many scholars have since dismissed the more divine aspects of these events, archaeologists have been finding an increasing body of evidence to suggest that not only did these cities exist, but that they may have genuinely been destroyed in some sort of apocalyptic event.

Most recently, excavations in Jordan have turned up evidence suggesting that Sodom may have been the victim of a devastating asteroid impact that was more powerful than an atomic bomb.
Dr. John Bergsma - a theology professor at Ohio's Franciscan University - has long believed that there is sufficient evidence to suggest that the ancient city of Tell el-Hammam - which is also located in Jordan - was destroyed by some form of catastrophe.

Such evidence includes signs of extreme heat on pottery and human remains - a telltale sign of some form of natural disaster. The city had also been prospering for some time beforehand and this seemed to have stopped very abruptly. There was also no sign of a military invasion.

The findings lead Dr. Bergsma to reconsider the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah and the possibility that they, like Tell el-Hammam, may have been destroyed by a devastating asteroid strike.

If true, it would provide the inspiration behind the biblical story and explain what fate befell the region and its inhabitants several thousand years ago.

Source: Jerusalem Post | Comments (136)

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Comment icon #127 Posted by Abramelin 6 months ago
There are some here who suffer from 'posting-links-anxiety'.
Comment icon #128 Posted by atalante 6 months ago
This should be adequate.  The information is widely known.
Comment icon #129 Posted by Pettytalk 6 months ago
It's not adequate, as I don't have an account with JSTOR. I read the preview page, but it has no mention or hint on the association of Athena with Neith. Since you initially stated that the association was mentioned by Aeschylus in two of his plays; The Suppliants and Amymone, I assumed you had read the plays, and noted the clear association. That was the reason I asked you to provide the page and paragraph. Now you are basically providing a link to an article written in 1957 by  A. Diamantopoulos, The Danaid Tetralogy of Aeschylus. Then I must assume that you never read those two plays, or i... [More]
Comment icon #130 Posted by Piney 6 months ago
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Comment icon #131 Posted by Pettytalk 6 months ago
Military chemical plants? What kind bait were you using on your hook? Now that you are here, and hopefully you have had your caffeine fix, enlighten me, if you can on this association of the Egyptian goddess Neith with Athena. Now I'm not even certain Herodotus made mention of it in his Histories. 
Comment icon #132 Posted by Piney 6 months ago
Most of what I knew of Herodotus' writings was removed with my stroke. I don't know anything about a connection between Neith and Athena. If I remember correctly Athena started out as a Minoan palace goddess, but I could be wrong. 
Comment icon #133 Posted by Antigonos 6 months ago
Classical authors attesting that Greeks widely recognized Neith as the Egyptian equivalent of Athena:   Herodotus (2.62) Diodorus Sicilus (5.58) Plato (Timeus 21e) Pausanias (2.36) Plutarch (On Isis and Osiris 9/354C). The writings have been confirmed by archaeology.
Comment icon #134 Posted by Abramelin 6 months ago
I assume you meant this:  
Comment icon #135 Posted by Thanos5150 6 months ago
2 seconds: The Greek historian Herodotus (c. 484 – c. 425 BC) noted that the Egyptian citizens of Sais in Egypt worshipped Neith. The Greeks sought to draw a syncretic relationship to associate Egyptian deities with those of Greece. They identified Neith with Athena. The Timaeus, a dialogue written by Plato, mirrors that identification with Athena, possibly as a result of the identification of both goddesses with war and weaving.[12]    
Comment icon #136 Posted by The Puzzler 6 months ago
I was going to mention this part by Herodotus….”the Greeks” as a whole…not just Plato.

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