SciFriday: The Gates of Hell

GOD FOUND IT NECESSARY to destroy Sodom and its neighbors. 400 years later, He sent a plague against the Israelites for worshipping Baal-Peor, whose temple may have been inside the city of Sodom.

What was it about Sodom and the cities of the plain that provoked God to respond so forcefully? We discuss the dolmens around Sodom, megalithic funerary monuments dedicated to the cult of the dead, and evidence from an even older city that hints at religious rites involving very large people with six fingers.

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