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One of the main reasons why academics reject the notion that the Bible is an accurate history of ancient Israel, is the apparently impossible story of Sodom and Gomorrah. We are asked to believe that Lot chose an area to settle, that was like the Garden of Eden and the fertile area around the River Nile. He did that from just a short distance from the Dead Sea. (See quotes and maps below).

Anyone who has been to the area knows that it is one of the most inhospitable spots on earth. The story which most academics believe was composed after the Exile is obviously nothing more than fable. The scientists tell us that even if that area was once verdant, it was certainly not so in the past 2.5 million years.

Well, we have produced the satellite images provided below clearly showing interesting anomalies 1200 ft beneath the Dead Sea and a remnant Delta area. To those scientists who might quibble with what and how old they are, there is only one questions. "How did the 'writer(s)' of Genesis know?"

One additional question comes to mind to pose to those scholars and academics who subscribe to the proposition that Genesis was composed or heavily redacted after the Babylonian exile. The story about the fertile plain was as seemingly ridiculous then as it is now. Why did not the writer(s)/redactor(s) change the story to make it more credible?

We will hopefully answer the scientific questions when we take the mini-sub Delta to explore the bottom of the Dead Sea. What is already clearly established however is the fact that the description in the Bible was an accurate one. The most inhospitable place on earth certainly had, at one time, an environment strikingly similar to the Nile. How was it possible to know that? Coincidence? :-)


1 And Abram went up out of Egypt, he, and his wife, and all that he had, and Lot with him, into the south.

2 And Abram was very rich in cattle, in silver, and in gold.

3 And he went on his journeys from the south even to Bethel, unto the place where his tent had been at the beginning, between Bethel and Hai;

4 Unto the place of the altar, which he had made there at the first: and there Abram called on the name of the LORD.

5 And Lot also, which went with Abram, had flocks, and herds, and tents.

6 And the land was not able to bear them, that they might dwell together: for their substance was great, so that they could not dwell together.

7 And there was a strife between the herdsmen of Abram's cattle and the herdsmen of Lot's cattle: and the Canaanite and the Perizzite dwelled then in the land ........................................................

9 Is not the whole land before thee? separate thyself, I pray thee, from me: if thou wilt take the left hand, then I will go to the right; or if thou depart to the right hand, then I will go to the left.

10 And Lot lifted up his eyes, and beheld all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered every where, before the LORD destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, even as the garden of the LORD, like the land of Egypt, as thou comest unto Zoar.

11 Then Lot chose him all the plain of Jordan; and Lot journeyed east: and they separated themselves the one from the other.

12 Abram dwelled in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelled in the cities of the plain, and pitched his tent toward Sodom.


27 And Abraham gat up early in the morning to the place where he stood before the LORD: (By the terebinths of Mamre...Genesis 18:1 ) 28 And he looked toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of the plain, and beheld, and, lo, the smoke of the country went up as the smoke of a furnace.

Images as usual from D. Laing

Image showing the position of Abram/Abraham in relation to Sodom.

Latest enhanced image of the Delta Area and Anomalies.

Click for a large view of the Madaba Map showing position of Zoar!

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  1. The Dead Sea : The Lake and Its Setting : Zvi Ben Avraham (ed) (ISBN: 0195087038 )
  2. Ancient Mysteries: Peter James (ISBN: 0345401956)
  3. Tale of Two Cities : Sodom and Gomorrah in the Old Testament : Loader (ISBN: 0802861555 )
  4. The Dead Sea: Barbara Kreiger (ISBN: 087451827X)


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