SODOM

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Biblical GN 1. An ancient Near Eastern city (2 Nephi 13:9; = Isaiah 3:9; 2 Nephi 23:19 = Isaiah 13:19)

Etymology

SODOM is the name of an ancient city mentioned in the ISAIAH section of the Book of Mormon but not mentioned as a separate PN or GN in the Book of Mormon.

Hebrew sĕdôm perhaps meaning “field; burning; enclosure,” is one of a pentapolis of cities (Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboiim, Bela/Zoar) located in the Vale of Siddim (Śiddîm) “Vale of bitumen/tar-pits; Vale of demons” (Genesis 14:10), alongside the Dead Sea.[1] Siddim is better interpreted as “Furrows” (1QapGen Aramaic sdyʼ, Syriac sadā, sedā, Ugaritic šd, Akkadian šiddu, šadādu).[2]

See GOMORRAH, SIDOM.

Deseret Alphabet: 𐐝𐐉𐐔𐐊𐐣 (sɒdʌm)

Notes


  1. M. Mulder, “Sodom,” in D. Freedman, ed., ABD, VI:99-100.
  2. M. C. Astour, “Siddim, Valley of,” in D. Freedman, ed., ABD, VI:15-16.
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