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“Eyewitness” AccountDetails Destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah

The Bible story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah has been unexpectedly corroborated by an ancient Su­merian clay tablet. In fact, according to a startling report from two prominent scientists, the tablet, which had baffled scholars for more than a century, is a virtual eyewitness description of an ancient asteroid hit that killed thousands. The event is said to be related to a great landslide episode which scientists have previously called the “Köfels’s Impact Event.”

According to a story in the British newspaper, The Daily Mail, Alan Bond and Mark Hempsell, both rocket scien­tists, say that the tablet—known as the Planisphere and discovered by the Victorian archaeologist Henry Layard in the ruins of the royal palace at Nineveh—is a Sumerian astrologer’s description of the night sky shortly before dawn on June 29, 3123 B.C. The tablet say Bond and Hempsell is a 700 B.C. copy of a far older tablet. Half of the tablet shows the position of planets and clouds, while the other half describes the movement of an object looking like a ‘stone bowl’ traveling rapidly across the sky. That object is said to match a kind of asteroid known as the Aten type which orbits the sun close to earth. Its trajectory would have put it on a collision course with the Otz Valley. Hempsell told the Daily Mail, “It came in at a very low angle—around six degrees—and then clipped a mountain called Gaskogel around 11 kilometers from Köfels’.” Hempsell went on to explain how the object exploded as it traveled down the valley and ultimately produced an event of literally biblical proportions.

The Sodom and Gomorrah story from the Old Testament tells how the ‘wicked’ behaviour of the natives offended Abraham who personally chose to live elsewhere, but, nevertheless, pleaded with two angelic visitants—come to warn of the cities’ impending demise—to spare them for the sake of his nephew Lot, who, despite Abraham’s rejection, had chosen to live in Sodom. Lot and his family were ultimately rescued before the end, but Lot’s wife who—though warned not to—looked back at the final conflagration, was said to have been turned into a pillar of salt. Some have argued that the turning to salt could have been an apt description of what might happen to someone too close to the great heat of a nuclear blast.

Bond and Hempsell do claim that the explosion would have generated a gigantic mushroom cloud and filled the air for hundreds of miles with thick dust. The Köfels’s event is generally thought to have occurred several thousand years earlier than the 3123 B.C. date referenced, but Bond and Hempsell say that is a mistake caused by contaminated samples used in the earlier analysis.

As might be expected, the claims of Bond and Hempsell are controversial. Detractors find it difficult to believe that ancient astrologers were such keen observers of the heavens. Whether Bond and Hempsell are right or not, there is little doubt that when it comes to recognizing the true advancement of the ancients, mainstream science has a very poor record indeed.

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