Sodom in the Old Testament or Hebrew Bible
Sodom was one of the cities of the plain that was destroyed by fire from heaven in the time of Abraham and Lot (Gen 19:24).
The wickedness of the city became proverbial. The sin of sodomy was an offense against nature frequently connected with idolatrous practices (see Rawlinson, History of Phoenicia).
- See Gomorrah
The fate of Sodom and Gomorrah is used as a warning to those who reject the gospel (Mt 10:15; 11:24; 2 Pet 2:6; Jude 1:7).
The word is used in a typical sense in Rev 11:8. Sodom was probably located in plain South of the Dead Sea, now covered with water. The name is still preserved in Jebel Usdum (Mt. Sodom).
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