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Excavations in Jordan are evidence that one of the Bible’s most dramatic and improbable stories could be literally true, according to top theologian Dr John Bergsma
A theologian claims archaeological finds in Jordan are proof the biblical city of Sodom really existed.
Scientists previously found evidence that the ancient city of Tall el-Hammam in the southern Jordan Valley was destroyed in a catastrophic event.
And Dr John Bergsma, a Professor of Theology at Ohio’s Franciscan University, suggests such an event mirrors what is in the Bible.
According to Genesis, God rained sulphur and fire on Sodom and Gomorrah for their “wickedness” – completely obliterating them.
Examples of such devastation were seen in Tall el-Hammam and what was found completely changed Dr Bergsma’s perspective on the Old Testament.
He recalled evidence of extreme heating on skeletons and fragments of pottery found by the archaeologists which could have been proof of a direct hit from an asteroid.
About 3,600 years ago the city of Tall el-Hammam was thriving – significantly larger and more powerful than Jerusalem or Jericho.
Dr Bergsma continued: “They also started to find human remains.
“Human skeletons that are complete up until about halfway up the backbone and then there’s just a scorch mark and there’s nothing on the top of the body…
“They find massive evidence that a huge heat blast from the sky at about 25C above the horizon incinerated these twin cities on the Jordanian side of the river.”
But almost overnight it was gone.
The absence of any arrowheads or other signs of a siege in the ruins suggested that whatever destroyed Tall el-Hammam and its neighbour, it wasn’t a military attack.
Steven Collins, the principal archaeologist at Tall el-Hammam, told Dr Bergsma about some of the astonishing findings.
He discovered pieces of pottery discovered on the site had been covered in Trinitite.
Trinitite, Dr Bergsma explained, is “that glass layer that you get when you set off an atomic bomb in the desert and it melts the sand”.
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