Along with Gomorrah, Admah, Zebolim, and Zoar (Gen 13: 10-12; 14: 2; Deut 29: 23), one of the "five cities of the plain" (near the south shore of the Dead Sea) destroyed by a great cataclysm attributed to Yahweh (Gen 19: 1-29) Abraham, who had been royally welcomed by Sodom's king (Gen 14: 13-24), pleaded for it to be spared (Gen 18: 16-32) Contrary to legend, its sins were regarded as violence and inhospitality to strangers rather than homosexuality Later Bible writers cite it as a symbol of divine judgment upon wickedness (Isa 3: 9; Lam 4: 6; Matt 10: 15; 2 Pet 2: 6; Jude 7; Rev 11: 8)
Apples of Sodom or mad apples Strabo, Tacitus, and Josephus describe them as beautiful externally and filled with ashes These apples are in reality gall-nuts produced by the insect called Cynips insana
(Old Testament) an ancient city near the Dead Sea that (along with Gomorrah) was destroyed by God for the wickedness of its inhabitants any location known for vice and corruption
(Old Testament) an ancient city near the Dead Sea that (along with Gomorrah) was destroyed by God for the wickedness of its inhabitants
two ancient cities in the Middle East which, according to the Old Testament of the Bible, were destroyed by God as a punishment for the immoral sexual behaviour of their people. The cities' names are sometimes used to describe a place or situation where people's sexual behaviour is regarded as very shocking. Legendary cities of ancient Palestine. According to the Old Testament book of Genesis, the notorious cities were destroyed by "brimstone and fire" because of their wickedness. The site of the cities is unknown but may have beeen in an area now beneath the waters of the Dead Sea. Archaeological evidence shows that the area may once have been fertile and could have drawn the biblical Lot to graze his flock. The cities' legendary wickedness has inspired many writers, including Jean Giraudoux and Nikos Kazantzakis
Mythical plant of the Medieval world: gigantic tree which grew in the desolated area where once stood Sodom & Gamorrah. Any traveler of the region foolish enough to pick one of the apples would have it turn to smoke and ashes in his hand - a sure sign of God's eternal displeasure with those who would succumb to physical temptation at the site of His retribution
An erect spreading shrub. Green purplish-brown stems with straight or slightly curved prickles. Leaves are hairy and deeply lobed with prickles along the stalks. Flowers are mauve or violet. Fruit is a round yellow berry which is poisonous. Grows in coastal sands, poor pasture and scrub margins. Dense patches compete with other vegetation and restrict stock movement
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