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by Wayne Blank
The "cities of the plain," or "cities of the valley," were identified as Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim and Zoar. All but Zoar were destroyed by God when Sodom was incinerated.
Their location is subject to speculation. What is known for certain is that they were somewhere east or southeast of Jerusalem, in the area of the Dead Sea (see The Salt Sea) - some believe at the northern end, while others say at the southern end. We do know that Abraham was able to see Sodom from the great trees of Mamre, near Hebron (Genesis 18:1, 19:27). Hebron is located about 18 miles (29 kilometers) west of the Dead Sea, at a latitude about half-way between its north and south ends.
Cities Of The Plain Destroyed
Zoar was the town to which Lot and his daughters fled from Sodom.
"Then the men said to Lot, "Have you any one else here? Sons-in-law, sons, daughters, or any one you have in the city, bring them out of the place; for we are about to destroy this place, because the outcry against its people has become great before The Lord, and The Lord has sent us to destroy it."
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