MemberMay 30, 2021 at 8:48 pm
I think Zoar is known from later eras to be located at the southeast ‘corner’ of the Dead Sea. So far as likely places for the cities of the plains, the best water sources run off the Edom-Moab tableland on the east side of the Dead Sea. The west side of the Dead Sea basin is in a rain shadow, with very little water running off the Northern Negev and Southern Hill Country (Ein Gedi is the only perennial water source on the west side… David was there in exile from Saul). I would be interested to know if there is an earlier destruction stratum than EBA IV at Bab adh-Dhra and Numayrah, but that’s not a priority to discover at present. Yes, the salt pillars are on the southwest side of the lake.