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IN BRIEF

PASSAGE

Genesis 18:1–19:29

THEME

Divine punishment

SETTING

Around 1900 BCE In Sodom and Gomorrah, two towns in the Valley of Siddim, possibly near the Dead Sea.

KEY FIGURES

Abraham Son of Terah and the future father of all nations.

The angels God’s messengers on Earth.

Lot Abraham’s nephew, who has settled with his family in Sodom.

Lot’s wife A woman who may have enjoyed living in the sinful city of Sodom.

The men of Sodom Depicted as a sinful and unfaithful people.

Like the Great Flood, in which God destroyed and remade creation, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah is one of the most dramatic examples of divine punishment in the ...

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