Discovering the City of Sodom by Dr. Steven Collins
The Fascinating, True Account of the Discovery of the Old Testament's Most Infamous City

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Like many Christians today in the academic world, Dr. Steven Collins felt pulled in different directions when it came to apparent conflicts between the Bible and scholarly research and theory—an intellectual crisis that inspired him to lay it all on the line as he set off to locate the lost city of Sodom.

Recounting Dr. Collins’s quest for Sodom in absorbing detail, this adventure-cum-memoir reflects the tensions that define biblical archaeology as it narrates a tale of discovery. Readers follow “Dr. C” as he tracks down biblical, archaeological, and geographical clues to the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, narrowing the list of possible sites as he weighs evidence and battles skeptics. Finally, he arrives at a single location that looms as the only option: a massive ancient ruin called Tall el-Hammam in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

Many scholars who were initially opposed to Dr. Collins’s theory now concede that history books may need to be rewritten in light of his groundbreaking discovery. It—along with several other recent finds—is challenging the assumptions of academics and asserting a new voice in the controversy of biblical archaeology and the dispute over using the Bible as a credible historical source.

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From respected archaeologist Dr. Steven Collins and award-winning author Dr. Latayne C. Scott comes the fascinating, true account of the frustrating search and exciting excavation of the city the Bible calls Sodom, which scholars and others had “misplaced” for hundreds of years.

Like many modern-day Christians, Dr. Collins struggled with what seemed to be a clash between his heritage of belief in the Bible and the research regarding ancient history and human evolution. This crisis of faith led him to embark on a quest to put both his archaeological education and the Bible to the test by seeking out the lost ancient city, an expedition that has led to one of the most exciting finds in recent archaeology.

Challenging the assumptions of academics around the world, Discovering the City of Sodom may well inspire a revision of the history books. Dr. Collins has become a new voice in the controversy over using the Bible as a credible source of understanding the past—and opened a new chapter in the struggle over the soul of biblical archaeology.
 

About Dr. Steven Collins

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Dr. Steven Collins is Executive Curator of the Museum of Archaeology and Biblical History, Dean of the College of Archaeology and Biblical History at Trinity Southwest University, and Visiting Professor of Archaeology at Veritas Evangelical Seminary. Latayne Scott’s previous books include The Mormon Mirage.
 
Published April 2, 2013 by Howard Books. 352 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Religion & Spirituality, Travel, Sports & Outdoors. Non-fiction

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The story of the author's claim to have found long-lost Sodom, the world's most wicked city.

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The story of the author's claim to have found long-lost Sodom, the world's most wicked city.

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The chronology of the Bible is not certain or exact. However, Collins (dean, Coll. of Archaeology and Biblical History, Trinity Southwest Univ.) and Scott (The Mormon Mirage) feel that a strong argument can be made for the identification of an archaeological site for Sodom, using the geographic c...

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Collins (archeology, Trinity Southwest Univ.; The Search for Sodom and Gomorrah) and Scott (The Mormon Mirage) relate Collins's search for the fabled wicked cities of the Bible. Despite the prevailing view among scholars that Sodom and Gomorrah were mythical, Collins maintains that the cities act...

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