“Lost” Biblical City Reportedly Found

Recently, an archaeologist who thinks a location in Jordan resembled the Biblical city of Sodom gave an interview explaining his theory.

The Executive Dean of Trinity Southwest University, Dr. Steven Collins, recently discussed his opinion that God destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah for their immorality with The Rosenberg Report’s host, Joel Rosenberg. In contrast to the prevalent assumption that Sodom was located around the southern part of the Dead Sea, he claims that it is in Jordan, at Tell el-Hammam.

The precise locations of these cities may be determined using a wealth of publicly accessible data. There are at least 25 geographical clues scattered throughout the Bible that might be utilized to locate the location of Sodom.

Collins stated that he started working the site almost 20 years ago near the mouth of the Jordan River and northeast of Jerusalem. During the first season of digging, a piece of pottery that looked like it had been melted on the surface was discovered.

One of the archaeologist’s dig team members had noticed the similarities to trinitite, a glassy deposit discovered on the desert floor near Alamogordo, New Mexico, after a nuclear bomb test in 1945.

Collins noted that a few millimeters of glass flowed over the crack’s edge in the pottery. Therefore, a flash of heat was to blame. He cites research from 2021 that suggests the ancient city of Tell el-Hammam, the same place he claims was Sodom, was destroyed by an airburst on par with the Tunguska event.

Collins reasons that the account in Genesis 13 of Lot’s travel from Bethel and Ai to the east, where he ultimately pitches his tent near Sodom, lends credence to his theory. The archaeologist thinks this is a verbal map to Sodom and notes that Sodom may be reached by traveling east from Bethel and Ai to the site of Tell el-Hammam.

Many biblical archaeologists and researchers, including those at Answers in Genesis, believe Sodom was located in the ancient city of Bab edh-Dhrahe, in the southern part of the Dead Sea area. Based on the discovery of ancient pottery and evidence of massive devastation by fire, the group proposes that Bab edh-Dhrahe is a more likely site for Sodom. Many biblical passages, including Genesis 10, 14, Genesis 19, and Ezekiel 16, support the conclusion that Sodom was situated south of the Dead Sea.

Answers in Genesis mention the location of Bab edh-Dhrahe to the south of the Dead Sea. Based on the findings of ancient pottery and signs of fiery devastation, the group concludes that Bab edh-Dhrahe is most likely the location of Sodom. Genesis 10, Genesis 14, Genesis 19, and Ezekiel 16 are all cited as biblical evidence for Sodom’s area south of the Dead Sea.