In Genesis 19:24-25 we read, “Then the Lord rained down burning sulfur on Sodom and Gomorrah—from the Lord out of the heavens. Thus he overthrew those cities and the entire plain, destroying all those living in the cities—and also the vegetation in the land.”   

While the theory of an archaeological site in Jordan called Tall el-Hammam being the city of Sodom is still hotly debated, its apparent destruction by “fire and brimstone” seems to be less so.

Getting Hit By An Asteroid

Over the last week, Christian news outlets posted articles regarding the theory that the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by an asteroid strike.

After my last post regarding the discovery of “ruins that may prove the Exodus”, I was a little skeptical. Not to say that Christian sources can’t be trusted on these matters, however, Biblical Archaeology can be susceptible to “fake news.”

For example, there was a story that circulated around social media platforms regarding the “discovery” of an Ancient Egyptian army at the bottom of the Red Sea. That never happened. This is why I always check discoveries against secular sources.

Tall el-Hammum’s Destruction

Over the last 13 or so years, researchers have been studying the ruins at Tall el-Hammum. Our own Nate Sala wrote a piece about it, back in 2015. So the site itself has been known for quite some time.

Even back in 2015, Dr. Stephen Collins, an archaeologist working at the site, believed it was destroyed by an event that mirrored the
Tunguska Event.

After scouring the internet, I found that science from secular sources backed up what Dr. Collins proposed years ago.

According to Tech Times, “A massive asteroid blast about 3,700 years ago obliterated the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, wiping out the early civilizations in the north of Dead Sea, archaeologists have found.”

The piece goes on to say,

“According to the research, minerals found on the site proved that a great, powerful asteroid explosion had occurred and eradicated early humans living there. Scientists also did carbon dating to estimate when the catastrophic event had transpired in Sodom and Gomorrah.

Archaeologist Philip Silvia of the Trinity Southwest University and his team have been digging the site for over 10 years. They explained that the explosion affected approximately 500 km2, which would have easily splattered all nearby towns and killed around 40,000 to 60,000 people living at the 25-kilometer-wide site.”

A Forbes article on the subject stated that “…the findings come from the excavation of the Tall el-Hammam archaeological site in Jordan, many believe that the same place was once known as Sodom.

Yes, as in Sodom and Gomorrah from the Bible, Torah, and Quran – the cities of sin supposedly destroyed with brimstone and fire sent from God.”

Asteroid Strike Proves the Bible?

To be clear, the prospect that Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed by “fire and brimstone” as a result of an asteroid strike doesn’t necessarily prove that the God of the Bible exists. However, what I will say is that it’s another small, but significant, piece of evidence that lines up with the biblical account.

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