Jan 12 Blog
The stories of Sodom and its destruction, whether historical or not, were clearly understood to have occurred near the Dead Sea, among the so-called “cities of the plain” mentioned in Genesis 13, verse 12. But where exactly was this plain, and was a particular site associated with Sodom?
Feb 27 Blog
Mar 1 Blog
In “Tales from Tombstones” in the March/April 2012 issue of BAR, two scholars expert in interpreting the gravestone epitaphs and iconography—Professor Steven Fine and Kalliope I. Kritikakou-Nikolaropoulou—provide separate discussions of the Christian and Jewish tombstones of Zoora.
Feb 28 Blog
At the southeastern end of the Dead Sea, nestled between the salt-encrusted shores of the sea and the dark, foreboding slopes of the Transjordanian highlands, lies Biblical Zoar (ancient Zoora or Zoara). According to the Bible and early Christian tradition, Lot and his daughters escaped to Zoar (Zoora) after the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.
Feb 17 Blog
Located 1,329 feet below sea level at the southern edge of the Dead Sea, the aptly-named Museum at the Lowest Place on Earth is set to open this spring. The museum will feature important archaeological finds recovered from the Ghor es-Safi region of Jordan (ancient Zoar [Zoora]), including artifacts from Lot’s cave.