Sodom and Gomorrah, the biblical story inspired by the impact of an asteroid: find the traces- time.news

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from Paolo Virtuani

Testimonies of a stellar impact in Tall el-Hamman that would be at the origin of the biblical story of Sodom and Gomorrah: there was a very strong shock wave

When dawn broke, the angels urged Lot, saying: “Take your wife and your daughters that you have here and go out so as not to be overwhelmed in the punishment of the city” … … The sun was rising on the earth and Lot he had arrived at Zoar, when the Lord rained sulfur and fire from the Lord from heaven on Sodom and Gomorrah. He destroyed these cities and the whole valley with all the inhabitants of the cities and the vegetation of the soil.
Genesis, 19

I study

A study published in the journal Nature

connects the biblical account of the punishment of Sodom and Gomorrah (and perhaps also the destruction of the walls of Jericho) with the destruction of a village north of the Dead Sea due to an object rained down from the sky, a small asteroid or more likely a comet or a fragment of it, which took place around 1.600 a. C. in the town that is now known as Tall el-Hammam, Jordan. After 15 years of excavation, a group of 21 scientists from the United States, Canada and the Czech Republic came to a conclusion supported by consistent data: Tall el-Hamman was quickly destroyed by an object that came from space, similar to the one that in 1908 it caused great devastation in the Tunguska area of ​​Siberia.

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Archaeologists, geologists, geochemists, geomorphologists, mineralogists, paleobotanists, sedimentologists, cosmic impact experts and doctors have found evidence that cannot be explained by fires, volcanic eruptions or earthquakes. In a layer of 1.50 meters thick there is evidence of ashes, charred remains, of metals, ceramics and liquefied bricks: no fire, not even the most terrible, is capable of melting bricks, unless temperatures of 1,500 degrees are reached. In addition to this, microdiamonds, vitrified spherules and quartz grains were found with structures due to high pressures, typical of areas that have been hit by intense shock waves.

The destruction

The hypothesis is that one day the village was hit by the shock wave caused by theexplosion of an object 4 kilometers high which entered the atmosphere at a speed of 61,000 kilometers per hour. The power of the explosion is equal to that of a thousand atomic bombs like that of Hiroshima. Whoever was looking in the direction of the explosion at that moment was instantly blinded by the lightning. The city was hit by a shock wave that traveled at 1,200 kilometers per hour and caused a pressure of 50 tons per square centimeter, the temperature quickly rose to 2,000 degrees. Everything caught fire: metals and bricks melted in a few minutes. The entire city was destroyed, hardly any of its 8 thousand inhabitants managed to escape. A few minutes later the shock wave arrived in Jericho, which is only 22 kilometers away, and may have damaged or destroyed its famous walls. Tall el-Hammam and a hundred nearby sites were abandoned for centuries, possibly because the shock wave lifted salts from the sediments around the Dead Sea, making the area barren for about 600 years.

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The Bible

All of this closely resembles the biblical destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. The authors of the study hypothesize that the stories of those who were in the surroundings of Tall el-Hammam have passed down over the years the devastation they observed live and that then the oral tradition was transposed into the biblical story.

September 21, 2021 (change September 21, 2021 | 12:29)

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