This guy is trying to fit a fictional place “sodom” into the real word. Shame on him.
Rather, shame on you! Before archaeologists discovered the ruins of Nineveh in modern-day Iraq, people were talking just like you about “fictional” places.
“Sodom”, a “proper noun”. A place. 🙂
There are plenty of people trying to connect the mythical Camelot with modern English places. The far end of the Dead Sea would be a terrific location for an obscenely wealthy and self-centred kingdom, because they would be able to trade salt to passing caravans. That there IS evidence for such a city does not mean that this is either Sodom or Gomorrah, but if one is spinning a tale of corrupt morality and the consequences thereof, the big ruined city over yonder makes a tempting location for one’s narrative.
As to the reason for abandoning the city, lack of potable water is a good bet, and the modern problem of sinkhole collapse would be another. Caravan routes changed for a variety of reasons, as the Nabateans discovered: they eventually abandoned Petra despite the fact that the water-harvesting technology still works! No caravans = no business = no reason to stay.
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