Sep 15, 2015

Qumran not far from Sodom

The ruins of Qumran in 2011. The Dead Sea is visible in the
distance. Tall el-Hammam is located in the center of the photo
just northeast of the Dead Sea. The Essene city is not far from
Sodom if Tall el-Hammam is Sodom.
Today I located another clue to the location of Sodom. According to Dio Chrysostom's (ca. 100 AD) biographer, Synesius, he states:
"praises the Essenes, who form an entire and prosperous city near the Dead Sea [Qumran], in the center of Palestine, not far from Sodom." ([Cohoon] Disc. 3.2). 
Tall el-Hammam (Sodom?) is not far from Qumran (23 km). Bab edh-Dhra, the southern candidate for Sodom, would be far away from Qumran (70 Km). Tall el-Hammam fits Dio Chrysostom's description best for the location of Sodom as it is closest to Qumran.


Chrysostom, Dio. Discourses 1-11. Translated by J. W. Cohoon. Vol. 1. 5 vols. LCL 257. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 1939.

Graves, David E. Key Facts for the Location of Sodom Student Edition: Navigating the Maze of Arguments. Moncton, N.B.: Electronic Christian Media, 2014.

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