The Destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, and Jericho: Geological, Climatological, and Archaeological Background

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The story of the destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, and Jericho--three cities situated along a major fault line extending 1,100 kilometers from the Red Sea to Turkey--is the oldest such description in human history. In this book, noted geologists K.O. Emery and David Neev have revisited that story to shed light on what happened there some 4,350 years ago. With all the benefits of modern geological and forensic science techniques at their disposal, the authors explore an area where earthquakes, volcanic activity, variations in the Dead Sea's level, and oscillations between arid and wet climates have affected life there for over 10,000 years. In reviewing the geology, biblical paleogeography, and limnology of the region, the authors have produced fascinating insights into the tectonic and climatic changes that have occurred in the region over the last 6,000 years and how those changes have affected cultural life in the Middle East. The Destruction of Sodom, Gomorrah, and Jericho is the first book to combine modern science and biblical archaeology to produce an authoritative account of the of these three great cities. It will fascinate students and researchers in geology, geophysics, and archaeology alike.

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K. O. Emery is at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (Emeritus). David Neev is at Geological Survey of Israel (Emeritus).

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"Neev & Emery have put together their considerable and extensive knowledge of the geological and environmental history of the Dead Sea region as background information that may help in understanding more about the fates of Sodom, Gomorrah and Jericho. . . .useful source material for anyone interested in understanding more about these events." --Geological Magazine


"I like this book because it is the best summary available in print of the interrelation among geology, climate, archeology, and writings, including biblical writings, for this special geographic region....Anybody who is interested in these must keep this book on his bookshelf."--Earth Science History


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