Biblical Breakthrough: Mystery of “Heavenly Event” That Destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah Solved | Science | News
New research suggests that Sodom and Gomorrah, two biblical cities known as the Cities of Sin, were leveled by a “downpour” meteor that incinerated all 8,000 residents. Researchers believe the destruction was caused when the giant meteor exploded over the city 3,650 years ago. ago – creating a huge ball of fire. It could also be the same event that caused the walls of Jericho to “collapse”, given that the city was only 20 miles away.
Scientists believe that, similar to what the Bible describes, there really was a “heavenly event” that happened around this time, causing untold destruction.
The meteor explosion devastated the northern shore of the Jordan Valley, leveling a massive 100-acre city.
The event razed an ancient palace of the time, along with the extermination of other towns and several small villages.
Scientists believe that there would have been no survivors of this calamity.
The detonation occurred approximately 2.5 miles above ground level. Even at this distance, the explosion created a 740 mph shock wave.
Human remains suggested they had been blown up or incinerated – with extreme disarticulation and bone fragmentation.
Lead author Professor James Kennett, from the University of California, Santa Barbara, said: ‘We have seen evidence of temperatures over 2,000°C.
An international team also found building materials and pottery shards melted into glass.
These are all indications of abnormally high temperatures – similar to the biblical account of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
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Further evidence was provided by the identification of molten metals, including iron and silica, in soil and sediment samples.
The colony had hosted early civilization for thousands of years.
At the time, it was ten and five times larger than Jerusalem and Jericho, respectively.
Professor Kennett said: “I think one of the main discoveries is shocked quartz. These are grains of sand containing fissures that only form under very high pressure.