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Bible Encyclopedias

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

Sodom

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sod´um ( סרם , ṣedhōm ; Σόδομα , Sódoma ) One of the 5 CITIES OF THE PLAIN (which see), destroyed by fire from heaven in the time of Abraham and Lot (Genesis 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 SODOMITE . The fate of Sodom and Gomorrah is used as a warning to those who reject the gospel (Matthew 10:15; Matthew 11:24; 2 Peter 2:6; Judges 1:7 ). The word is used in a typical sense in Revelation 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). See ARABAH; CITIES OF THE PLAIN; DEAD SEA .


Literature.

Dillmann. Genesis , 111 f; Robinson, BR , II, 187 ff; G. A. Smith, HGHL , 505 ff; Blanckenhorn, ZDPV , XIX , 1896,53 ff; Baedeker-Socin, Palestine, 143; Buhl, GAP , 117,271, 274.

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Sodom'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/s/sodom.html. 1915.

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