Scientists 'Uncover' Sodom & Gomorrah's Fiery End
rosewalk at concentric.net
Fri Aug 24 08:19:20 EDT 2001
>From: <suwomyn26 at att.net>
>Scientists uncover Sodom's fiery end
>How British artist John Martin imagined the cities' end
>By the BBC's Andrew Craig
>British scientists believe they may have found evidence to support
>the Bible's account of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
>But they think a natural cause, rather than God's anger, lay behind
>[ZINC Editor: I chuckled reading this. They don't think the creator
>of the universe is in control of natural causes? How little and
>arrogant men are. Science "proves" what those with faith have known
>"Then the Lord rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire
>from the Lord out of heaven" - Genesis 19: 24, 25
>The Bible describes how the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were
>destroyed in a storm of fire and brimstone - a punishment from God
>because of their people's depravity.
>But now a retired British geologist, Graham Harris, believes he may
>have proved that the two cities really existed, and may have
>explained why they perished.
>Dr Harris thinks Sodom and Gomorrah were built on the shores of the
>Dead Sea so that they could trade in naturally-occurring asphalt.
>This tarry substance was used in ancient times to waterproof boats
>and to hold stones together in buildings.
>But the ground next to the Dead Sea is very unstable, lying on the
>joint between two of the Earth's tectonic plates which are moving in
>The area is vulnerable to earthquakes.
>Geological and archaeological evidence suggest that a huge one took
>place about four and a half thousand years ago - the time of the
>Flammable methane pockets lie under the Dead Sea shores; the
>earthquake would have ignited them, the ground would have turned to
>quicksand, and a massive landslide would have swept the cities into
>Experiments carried out at Cambridge University have backed up this
>But more conclusive evidence is still needed; not unless the remains
>of Sodom and Gomorrah are found under the Dead Sea's salty waters
>will the theory be proved.
>[Moderator's Note: I watched a documentary about six months ago on
>The Learning Channel (TLC) or Discovery, a series called 'Mysteries
>of the Bible: Sodom and Gomorrah', which I taped. A group of
>reasearchers, who have obtained to date the only permit to scuba
>dive near the Jordanian line in the Dead Sea in search of
>archaeological evidence of S and G, used sonar to detect unnatural
>formations under the water. What they found is compelling and
>supports the theory mentioned above - two areas within a kilometer
>or two of each other that are not naturally occurring underwater
>salt pillars. Salt has formed over most of what they found, part of
>which was across the Jordanian line, but the film clearly shows a
>CUT STONE peeking out in one segment, indicating a building.
>Research could not be completed because of Jordanian pressure.
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