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In Research Of

Oct 16, 2022

We're joined by Dr. Nathan French to discuss the Biblical tale of Sodom and Gomorrah and the ISO team's efforts to examine archaeological evidence supporting its actual historical existence.

Nimoy Fashion:

Dr. Avrahamm Biran (1909 - 2008)

The concept of Biblical Maximalism 

The big dig at Ebla where the library of clay tablets was found.

In 1976 Giovanni Pettinato claimed tablets found at the dig contained the names of five cities of the plain including Sodom and Gomorrah.  Modern scholarly consensus is that this was incorrect.

I think this is archaeologist Paulo Matti (Pettinato's fellow researcher on the dig) alongside an unnamed female researcher.

As promised, the animated gif of the sinners in our "re-creations" of ancient Sodom.

woman with eyes on her palms and eyelids being creepy

Discussion of Baal in the episode doesn't hint that this Biblical "villain god" may actually represent an entire class of deities. 

About 17 mins into the episode there's a guy who runs a hot spring and his moustache reminded Jeb of a certain someone...

Doctor Bruce Bolt sitting in front of some truly fabulous old equipment. 

Finally - one more thing - the link to the Atari E.T. fiasco documentary.