Mar 312008

Interesting story today on a science/tech site I read. An Assyrian clay tablet lurking in a museum has been long-recognised as an astronomer’s ‘observation diary’, but some recent studies have subjected its observations to a computerised planisphere that can back-track the position of stars, etc for thousands of years. The tablet has ‘confirmed’ the impact of an asteroid in Germany but the connection with Sodom and Gomorrah comes through the effect of its trailing plume. This would have crossed the Levant, Sinai and northern Egypt (where Sodom and Gomorrah are thought to have been) and its intense heating effect would have caused flammable materials, including clothes and hair, to ignite – fire from heaven indeed.

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  1. I can remember a programme the BBC ran about this very subject, and their view as of some kind of volcanic activity that caused earth to liquify, and, combined, with an earthquake, cause the signs that destroyed the cities. The Beeb stated at the beginning of their programme that the Bible couldn’t be believed, but then set about trying to follow through the Biblical narrative and coming close to fulfilling the descrriptions therein, and, for, good measure, restated the ‘you can’t belive the Bible’ statement at the end. It got me agitated enough to have an English voice dub my comment on Points of View….. don’t know what annoyed me more, the programme or the English voice…. still, that’s my problem for the day.

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