MemberMay 23, 2021 at 6:52 am
Thomas, my gut feeling from the scanty details of the biblical text is that the Dead Sea was 1. much smaller, and 2. freshwater before the catastrophe described in Genesis 14.
Quoting “Unknown” on the blog comments thread again, re the former length of the Jordan channel and the size (or existence) of the Dead Sea before the Sodom event:
The five passages giving the Jordan’s end are listed in Dr. Collins’ response to Dr. Billington (linked above by Dr. Collins)—Numbers 34:12; Deuteronomy 3:16-17, 27; 4:47-49; Joshua 15:5; and 18:18-19 (see page 0). No mention of any sea in Genesis 13, 14, or 19, whether it be a “Salt Sea”, “Arabah Sea”, “Sea of the Plain”, or even a “Siddim Sea”. All passages that tell where the Jordan River ends are in Moses’ day or later. These are all post-destruction passages. If there is a pre-destruction passage that listed this descent, then it is not easily locatable.
Here is the link to another of “Unknown”‘s comments on the BP blog with a lot of links to information about the extended Jordan channel, a submerged lake beach at about half the present depth of the Dead Sea (implying a much smaller lake at some period) etc. Whoever “Unknown” is, ‘their’ tone is professional, they use abundant resources, and their reasoning is logical.