Why Akathleptos?

Why Akathleptos? Because it means Uncontainable. God is infinite. Hence, the whole universe cannot contain Him. The term also refers to the incomprehensibility of God. No man can know everything about God. We can know Him personally but not exhaustively, not even in Heaven.

Why Patmos? Because the church is increasingly marginalized and exiled from the culture.

Why Pen-Names? So the focus is on the words and not who wrote them. We prefer to let what we say stand on its own merit. There is precedent in church history for this - i.e., the elusive identity of Ambrosiaster who wrote in the 4th century A.D.

“Truth is so obscured nowadays, and lies so well established, that unless we love the truth we shall never recognize it." Blaise Pascal



Thursday, October 15, 2015

Have The Ruins Of Ancient Sodom Been Found?

View of Tall el-Hammam, which archaeologists say may be the biblical city of Sodom. (Image courtesy Tall el-Hammam Excavation Project)

Popular Archaeology reports a 10-year dig headed by Steven Collins of New Mexico’s Trinity Southwest University “has unearthed a goldmine of ancient monumental structures and artifacts that are revealing a massive Bronze Age city-state that dominated the region of Jordan’s southern Jordan Valley, even during a time when many other great cities of the ‘Holy Land’ region were either abandoned or in serious decline.” The site on the northeastern side of Israel’s Dead Sea is known as Tall el-Hammam.

Collins says in comparison to the remnants of other ancient cities in the region, Tall el-Hammam is likely the best candidate for the Old Testament city of Sodom

“Tall el-Hammam seemed to match every Sodom criterion demanded by the text,” Collins explained.

“Theorizing, on the basis of the Sodom texts, that Sodom was the largest of the Kikkar (the Jordan ‘Disk’, or ‘well-watered plain’ in the biblical text) cities east of the Jordan, I concluded that if one wanted to find Sodom, then one should look for the largest city on the eastern Kikkar that existed during the Middle Bronze Age, the time of Abraham and Lot. When we explored the area, the choice of Tall el-Hammam as the site of Sodom was virtually a no-brainer since it was at least five to ten times larger than all the other Bronze Age sites in the entire region, even beyond the Kikkar of the Jordan. The site is monstrous,” Collins added, noting it includes evidence from the Early Bronze Age (3500 – 2350 B.C.) of a 17-foot thick city wall made of mudbricks that possibly stretched 32 feet high.

Story is here.

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