Subsequent excavations at Numeira, 13 km (8 mi) south of Bab edh-Dhra, have verified its close affinity with Bab edh-Dhra.
In determining which archaeological site should be identified with which Biblical place name, we begin with Zoar.
Continue reading The names Sodom and Gomorrah(1) are bywords in our modern society.
An especially wicked place is described as a "Sodom and Gomorrah." Pastors are sometimes said to be preaching "fire and brimstone." And we have the legal term sodomy for unnatural sex acts.
At Khanazir, walls observed by Rast and Schaub in 1973 (1974: 12–14) were in reality rectangular structures marking Early Bronze IV shaft tombs (de Vries 1991: 262; Rast 1992: 560; Mac Donald 1997: 65; Schaub 1997b: 62).
Bab edh-Dhra and Numeira are the only known inhabited towns in the region of the Dead Sea between ca. Moreover, Bab edh-Dhra is the largest site from the pre-Hellenistic period in the area (Rast 1987b: 46).