MemberMay 23, 2021 at 10:59 pm
Sorry about the dead link copied along with the quote from the BiblePlaces blog, should have checked it. I have searched for the BBC Ancient Apocalypse 4: Sodom and Gommorah video by title on YouTube but so far no luck. Maybe the BBC has decided that videos on foundational biblical stories are no longer acceptable?
There are other combustibles involved in the fault line: the Dead Sea has a unique mix and high concentration of rare minerals, including as I said, sulphur and phosphorus. The bitumen would produce intense heat and billowing smoke for days. The account of the destruction of Sodom does not indicate a blast, more like an eruption that threw sulphur and salt into the air that then came raining down on the region. Abraham was not blown out of bed or deafened by a blast before he went and looked towards Sodom. Why is it that we don’t notice when people go off-script from biblical descriptions? Somehow Collins has decided that the Sodom account describes a blast. It doesn’t. Somehow people have decided that the Red Sea account describes a tsunami from the Med Sea or a shallow crossing in the northern marsh. It doesn’t. [It also doesn’t describe two collapsing vertical walls of water but we won’t go there.]
Gen 19:23-28 NRSV The sun had risen on the earth when Lot came to Zoar. (24) Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah sulfur 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 what grew on the ground. (26) But Lot's wife, behind him, looked back, and she became a pillar of salt. (27) Abraham went early in the morning to the place where he had stood before the LORD; (28) and he looked down toward Sodom and Gomorrah and toward all the land of the Plain and saw the smoke of the land going up like the smoke of a furnace.