The Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

  • Arie S. IssarEmail author
Part of the SpringerBriefs in Geography book series (BRIEFSGEOGRAPHY)


The abundant sources of water and the green pastures convinced Lot, the nephew of Abraham to choose the Dead Sea valley for his dwelling. He knew about neither the frequent earthquakes in this region due to its being a tectonic rift valley nor the morality of its inhabitants. The troubles of Lot started with the war of Mesopotamians kings including Amraphel, (probably Hammurabi) against the king of Sodom and his allies. The trouble continued because of a severe earthquake which destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.The J. Blaustein Institute for Desert Research, Sede-Boqer CampusBen-Gurion University of the NegevBeer-ShevaIsrael

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