In recent years we’ve seen archaeological discoveries that go hand in hand with the accounts of the Old and New Testaments. Christian and Jewish believers alike have heralded these finds as exciting proof of the veracity of the Bible. Now a team from New Mexico has reportedly uncovered the ruins of the cities most notorious for their sins – Sodom and Gomorrah.
Professor Steve Collins and his team from Trinity Southwestern University recently announced that a ten-year project has unearthed the site of the infamous cities.
“The archaeological team unearthed a goldmine of ancient monumental structures and artifacts that are revealing a massive Bronze Age city-state that dominated the region of Jordan’s southern Jordan Valley, even during a time when many other great cities of the ‘Holy Land’ region were either abandoned or in serious decline,” Collins said.
According to the Old Testament account in Genesis 19, God told Abraham, the father of the Jewish nation, that He was fed up with the flagrant sins of the two cities and that He would destroy them by raining fiery sulphur upon the towns. Abraham pleads with God to spare the cities if Abraham can find just ten righteous people in the town.
When Abraham cannot find any righteous people, and the men of Sodom attempt to have sexual relations with the angels who visit Abraham’s nephew lot, God destroys the towns.
Then the Lord rained down fire and burning sulfur from the sky on Sodom and Gomorrah. He utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, wiping out all the people and every bit of vegetation. (Genesis 19:24-25, NLT)
Collins noted that the location of the ruins matches up as the ancient cities that have become synonymous with sin and moral decline.
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