If Canaan’s lifespan is determined by matching to his first cousin Arphaxad, then Canaan was still alive when Abram entered the land on which Canaan had staked his claim and his name, like William Penn’s “Penn-sylvania”.
This is the western leg of the fertile crescent, coastline of the Mediterranean maritime territory, as much a geopolitical imperative as access to oceans are in our day. No wonder he snatched it up right away, quite likely as an early empire-expanding strategy under his nephew Nimrod when the whole world was under his control.
According to non-biblical scholars, the Bible is a major source of information about the Canaanites, whose existence, for at least a thousand years before the Exodus, is acknowledged to be a reality even if the Exodus isn’t. In science this is called “bias.” Anyway, let’s make an unbiased effort to gather collateral information about the Canaanite patterns of behavior so vile as to need wiping off the face of the earth.
We do believe that does need to happen sometimes, right? World War Z?
Much of what scholars know about the Canaanites comes from records left by the people they came into contact with. Some of the most detailed surviving records come from the site of Amarna, in Egypt, and from the Hebrew Bible…”Canaan was not made up of a single ‘ethnic’ group but consisted of a population whose diversity may be hinted at by the great variety of burial customs and cultic structures” wrote Ann Killebrew, an archaeology professor at Penn State University.
The biblical account of Canaan’s claim stretching from coastal western Syria to the boarder of Egypt is well documented by archeologists.
Canaan’s first born and crown jewel, is not named as such among the seven nations but as Canaan’s scion he is not only included in the broad category of “Canaanite”, but is the ultimate representative of a Canaanite. Sidon is considered the seat of the Phoenician, i.e. Canaanite, civilization in that most of the trading ships which spread Phoenician cedarwood, goods, culture, and colonies were launched from this city’s port. An artist’s rendition from historic descriptions and archeological finds gives us a sense of what Sidon’s heyday was probably like. This, as well as the Phoenician port colony of Carthage on the northern coast of Africa is reminiscent of the description of Atlantis. This is likely a deliberate identification with their glorious Old World civilization, just as Washington D.C. was intentionally designed to identify with our Roman heritage.
Artifacts manufactured at Sidon have been found throughout Mesopotamia, Egypt, Rome and even Britain. Through its trade, Sidon was the most powerful city-state of ancient Phoenicia. One of its primary trade goods came from mollusks in that part of the Mediterranean from which were manufactured the purple dye which was so rare and expensive that the color purple became synonymous with royalty.
There is evidence that Sidon was inhabited as long ago as 4000 B.C., i.e. the dawn of biblical human history, with evidence of historical continuity from about the time of the flood. That the locations of these cities were known to the post-flood peoples is evidenced by ancient documents such as the following.
I captured the cities of Tarbaṣu and Yaballu…I destroyed those cities, together with cities in their environs, making them like the tells after the Deluge. –Assyrian King Tiglath-pileser III (745-727 BCE)
No doubt Sidon was guided by his antediluvian grandfather Ham to exploit a known source of self-empowerment by settling at a pre-flood site. This emerges as a pattern with the rest of Canaan’s sons as well as many immigrants from other families.
The city flourished as part of a loose confederacy of city-states spread along the coast of the land of Canaan...with each city operating as a sovereign state ruled over by a king…This brought Sidon into competition with…the city of Tyre. In the 10th century BCE, the balance of power shifted to Tyre primarily due to the leadership of…Hiram. Tyre forged trade agreements with the newly minted kingdom of Israel-Judah and her king David. This agreement made Tyre wealthy and Sidon, trying to compete, entered into their own pacts with the kingdom of Israel [which split from David’s clan Judah after Solomon] including the marriage of the Sidonian princess Jezebel, daughter of Ethbaal, to King Ahab (a story famous from the Bible). Jezebel’s insistence on maintaining her own religion was an affront [ahh, more like civil war, promoting serial murder as her religion did, see I Kings 18 and I Kings 21]..and Ahah’s rule was ended by a coup…and with it, Sidonian trade agreements with Israel. [To say the least…]
The Sidonian Jezebel is a portrait of why God said to destroy the Canaanites and their culture from among his people.
“And [Israel’s king] Ahab the son of Omri did evil in the sight of the LORD above all that were before him. And it came to pass, as if it had been a light thing for him to walk in the sins of Jeroboam the son of Nebat, that he took to wife Jezebel the daughter of Ethbaal king of the Zidonians, and went and served Baal, and worshipped him. And he reared up an altar for Baal in the house of Baal, which he had built in Samaria. And Ahab made a grove; and Ahab did more to provoke the LORD God of Israel to anger than all the kings of Israel that were before him…there was none like unto Ahab, which did sell himself [ahh! that profit motive from trade with Sidon!!] to work wickedness in the sight of the LORD, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. And he did very abominably in following idols, according to all things as did the Amorites, whom the LORD cast out before the children of Israel.” (I Kings 16:30-33, 21:24-26)
This woman was so notorious in Jewish culture, carried through the Bible into Christian culture, that thousands of years later “Jezebel” remains a permanent legacy, whether deliberately bestowed by hopeful parents or applied as an outraged synonym for a powerful-through-cunning woman.
“thou sufferest that woman Jezebel, which calleth herself a prophetess, to teach and to seduce my servants to commit fornication, and to eat things sacrificed unto idols [which incorporates the evil spirit into the eater]. And I gave her space to repent of her fornication; and she repented not. Behold, I will cast her into a bed, and them that commit adultery with her into great tribulation, except they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children…as many as…have not known the depths of Satan.” (Rev 2:20-26)
Jezebel was spelled “Isabella” prior to the addition of the letter J to the English alphabet, ergo the English language Bible. Born as she was during Middle Ages when the Church reigned supreme, Isabella’s parents would have deliberately named her after a Bible character. And this most famous of Spanish queens is the virtual reincarnation of the Sidonian Jezebel, who could very well have been her ancestor. Their bloody roads to power certainly match.
Isabella is famous, with her husband Ferdinand, for funding Christopher Columbus’ exploratory voyage to the new world in 1492. This single action motivated by trade and empowerment through religion, so characteristic of the Sidonian’s practices, shot Spain to stratospheric heights of wealth and power.
“Spain enjoyed a cultural golden age in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries when silver and gold from American mines increasingly financed a long series of European and North African wars.” To pay for this siphoning of wealth? “The population of the Native American population in Mexico declined by an estimated 90% (reduced to 1–2.5 million people) by the early 17th century. In Peru, the indigenous Amerindian pre-contact population of around 6.5 million declined to 1 million by the early 17th century. The overwhelming cause of the decline in both Mexico and Peru was infectious diseases, such as smallpox and measles, although the brutality of the Encomienda [forced labor like that in the Nazi concentration camps] also played a significant part in the population decline. And then there was the religious persecution.
Beginning in 1514 Spanish conquerors adopted “the Requirement,” an ultimatum in which Indians were forced to accept “the Church as the Ruler and Superior of the whole world” or face persecution. If Indians did not immediately comply, the Requirement warned them:
We shall take you and your wives and your children, and shall make slaves of them, and as such shall sell and dispose of them as their Highnesses may command; and we shall take away your goods, and shall do all the harm and damage that we can.”
Columbus was forthcoming that he should be remembered “as a captain who for such a long time up to this day has borne arms without laying them aside for an hour.”
Isabella is also famous for being “Europe’s first great queen“. The similarities between the two Jezebels are striking.
- Established the first strong European / Israelite nation-state through the creation of “the Holy Brotherhood”, used to keep Castilian nobles in check. This establishment of royal authority can be seen as one of the crucial steps toward the creation of one of Europe’s first strong nation-states.
“Jezebel slew the prophets of the LORD …[replacing them with] the prophets of Baal four hundred and fifty, and the prophets of the groves four hundred…eat at Jezebel’s table.” (I Kings 18:13,19)
- With her husband expelled all Jews who would not convert to Christianity from their lands on pain of death in the most cataclysmic event for Jews prior to the holocaust.
- While inquisitions swept all of “Christian” Europe, the Spanish Inquisition was the most infamous of all religious persecutions. “Put your feet to the fire” and “a slow death” were not figures of speech during the infamous Inquisition under Torquemada which ferreted out by torture and executed by cruel means any “heretic”.
Those familiar with the fictional Cercei Lannister on Game of Thrones should recognize the same power-grabbing actions in Isabella’s reign. Watching this program triggers a gut horror reaction that is more informing than simply reading words for which we have no visual or emotional context from our own limited experience.
Cercei was ranked No. 1 of “30 Best Game of Thrones Villains” by Rolling Stone and described as the “most dangerous human being in Westeros“. This is quite a tribute if you consider that Ramsey Bolton is only ranked No. 4, despite his characterization as “‘pure evil ‘…basically Ted Bundy with a rich politician for a dad and an army at his beck and call. Mutilating Theon, raping Sansa, murdering Osha, literally feeding his stepmom and her newborn to the dogs: He’s the sort of irredeemable monster you usually read about in books on serial killers. His brand of glibly unrepentant awfulness isn’t for everyone, but it stands out even amid GoT’s usual level of brutality — and that counts for a lot.”
If you still feel that a God who would order certain groups to be destroyed is a monster, watch Game of Thrones, or at least read about the characters on this top rated, historically based show, and consider whose side you want to be on – the defender or the destroyer of the living.
Every country, including the United States, uses torture.
The Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment of Punishment (The Torture Convention) was adopted in 1984, which became the first confirmed and binding agreement toward eradicating torture.
Unfortunately, it is very difficult to monitor tortuous acts on a local level, let alone on a global scale…some of the most damaging acts of torture have been performed by our country’s own CIA…
The terror that accompanies the suggestion of torture is one of its worse aspects.
Surely we’ve learned about enough monster politicians in our own recent history to realize there are real threats to humanity by cruel rulers with their devoted followers, and someone IS going to die. It’s just a question of believing in a life worth dying for.
This is why the American men and women who fought World War II, “not for fame or recognition, but because it was the ‘right thing to do'” are labeled “The Greatest Generation” of Americans by journalist Tom Brokaw.
As we read the sanitized biblical version of what was occurring under the original Jezebel, bear in mind the unspeakable horror which Elijah faced and masses of God’s people were suffering.
“Jezebel sent a messenger unto Elijah, saying, So let the gods do to me, and more also, if I make not thy life as the life of one of them…And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life…into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life.”
And the LORD grants him his request! We should recognize this as indicating that Elijah, one of the greatest prophets ever, really was at the end of his mental, emotional and physical capacities from the danger-fraught circumstances under which he had been barely surviving.“And the LORD said unto him…Elisha the son of Shaphat of Abelmeholah shalt thou anoint to be prophet in thy room…Yet / Because still I have left me seven thousand in Israel [a pitifully small remnant of about 1.5% out of an estimated total population of 450,000], all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.” (I Kings 19:14-18)
Surely we’e learned about enough monster politicians in our own recent history to realize there are real threats to humanity by cruel rulers with their devoted followers, and someone IS going to die.
It’s just a matter of having a cause. That’s usually family whose lives are worth dying for.
This is why the American men and women who fought World War II, “not for fame or recognition, but because it was the ‘right thing to do'” are labeled “The Greatest Generation” of Americans by journalist Tom Brokaw.
The city of Sidon still exists today in Lebanon, but that doesn’t mean that the ancient Sidonians didn’t experience judgment through a succession of battles in war and occupation in peacetime. Sidon suffered the depredations of a succession of conquerors. By the beginning of the 19th Century, Sidon had sunk into obscurity.
For many years critics of the Bible treated the lack of archeological evidence of the Hittites as proof that the Bible was just another ancient book of myths. Archeological discoveries beginning in 1876 have since proved the existence of this group as a powerful people based in Turkey. If you look at the map you’ll see that this nation had plenty of space to retreat back into hiding.
Like his brother Sidon, Heth also re-occupied a notable pre-flood site. Hattusha was a vast fortress-city with soaring citadels and elaborate temples, originally founded by the Hatti before the flood ~ 2500 BCE.
Even more significant than 1) the timing of Hattusha’s construction, 2) its primarily defensive form and function and 3) its remote location high in the almost inaccessible mountains of Turkey are 4) the similarities between Hattushan, Babylonian, Egyptian and even South American religious iconography found in Gobeklitepe, the most ancient and mysterious temple site so far discovered.
These unquestionably point to a recent and comonly shared antediluvian culture. Restoration of this massive antediluvian complex may have been on Heth’s to-do list in order to seize international spiritual control.
The Secret of Gobekli Tepe: Cosmic Equinox and Sacred Marriage analyzes some of the common features found in later religions.
When we recall that “sacred” celestial marriages produced genocidal hybrid angel-humans-animals capable of wiping out the entire human race, we understand that the Hittite’s religious revival was for the purpose of returning the world to the pre-flood state of alien desecration and destruction.
That should lock us on to targeting the Hittites as a wicked people for destruction. The Hittites were going for Alien Resurrection.
The powerful Hittite Empire expanded south and challenged Egypt for world dominance.
Excavations at Hattusha have unearthed international treaties with neighboring city-states, among which are some indicating that the Hittites were likely involved in a real, early Bronze Age Trojan War.
The clever strategy of getting through the walls via an image – get it? an idol – of a horse makes perfect sense once awareness of the practice of horse worship is added our accumulating data. The Trojans couldn’t refuse to host one of their gods.
Horse worship is a pagan practice that existed in Europe in the Iron Age and perhaps the [earlier] Bronze Age. The horse was seen as divine, as a sacred animal associated with a particular deity, or as a totem animal impersonating the king or warrior.
Tacitus (Germania) mentions the use of white horses for divination by the Germanic tribes:
But to this nation it is peculiar, to…divine from horses also…These yoked in the holy chariot, are accompanied by the Priest and the King, or the Chief of the Community, who both carefully observed his actions and neighing. Nor in any sort of augury is more faith and assurance reposed…by the Priests. These account themselves the ministers of the Gods, and the horses privy to his will.
There is some reason to believe that Poseidon, like other water [outer space is a sea, remember] gods, was originally conceived under the form of a horse…
This seems related to the archaic myth by which Poseidon once pursued Demeter; She spurned his advances, turning herself into a mare so that she could hide in a herd of horses; he saw through the deception and became a stallionand captured her. Their child was a horse, Arion, which was capable of human speech.
“These also are the chief of the mighty men whom David had, who strengthened themselves with him in his kingdom, and with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the Lord concerning Israel…Uriah the Hittite.” (I Chronicle 11)
Proving yet again that any human from any nation can become a son of God.
The name of this people has been discovered in the Ugaritic inscriptions as grgs and bn-grgs, that is, Girgash and the sons or children of Girgash. They are also known to us in the Hittite documents as the karkm; and in Egyptian records as the Kirkash. [The same multitude of transliterations of the guttural pronunciation is found with Gaddafi / Kadafi / Qaddafi]. The Girgasites settled to the east of the river Jordan between Galilee and the Dead Sea…a tribe known as the Karkisa were mentioned in the Hittite Annals, as existing in Asia Minor. Another rendering of that tribe is Qarqisha. Perhaps they migrated to the steppes near the Caspian Sea which was known as the “Sea of the Girgashites” anciently and thence on to south-east Europe.
This proposition is substantiated by recent genetic findings of an Albanian people group called the Ghegs who are 72% MENA neolithic farmer and 28% I-E/WHG, where MENA is “Middle east/North Africa” in the genetic analysis of haplogroups.
It appears that the Girgasites were indeed run out of town. The culture of the 20th century European Ghegs provides a window to their ancient culture in the Middle East and the reason why they were driven out of their original homeland.
The Ghegs of Northern Albania are one of only two tribal societies which survived in Europe until the middle of the 20th century. The other consists of the Serb highlanders in Montenegro and southern Serbia whose idealized tribal identity of “a mountain renegade” and self-complimentary stereotype as one who, in a conflict with authority “reaches for the sword”, provoked “the bloodiest war in Europe since World War II”.
This does not bode well for neighbors of the Ghegs.
Like the Serbs, the Ghegs pride themselves on rejecting any authority other than themselves. The Ghegs are the most faithful supporters of their own set of traditional laws (Kanun). These are based on ancient oral laws which anthropologists including Edith Durham have dated back to the Bronze Age, i.e. immediate post-flood era, linking the Ghegs with the Gergasites.
The most infamous clan laws are those regulating blood feuds.
In Albania blood feuding is a tradition, and has returned in rural areas after more than 40 years of suppression by Albanian communists. More than 3000 Albanian families are currently engaged in a blood feud, more than 1,600 families live under an ever-present death sentence because of them, and since 1992 at least 10,000 Albanians have been killed in them.
Another way they harm the society in which they live is their traditional livelihood of imposing protection rackets. In particular the Gheg clan known as “Tigers of Dibra” had a reputation for intimidating landowners and peasants.
“And Joab and the captains of the host went out from the presence of the king, to number the people of Israel…and they came to Danjaan, and about to Zidon/Sidon, And came to the strong hold of Tyre, and to all the cities of the Hivites, and of the Canaanites: and they went out to the south of Judah, even to Beersheba. So when they had gone through all the land, they came to Jerusalem at the end of nine months and twenty days.” (II Samuel 24:4-8)
“…all the cities of store that Solomon…desired to build in Jerusalem, and in Lebanon, and in all the land of his dominion…all the people that were left of the Amorites, Hittites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites…whom the children of Israel also were not able utterly to destroy, upon those did Solomon levy a tribute of bondservice unto this day.” (I Kings 9:19-21)
But before you get all holier-than-thou against biblical Israel realize that “tribute” is taxation to pay for the benefits of coming under the protection of the kingdom. Christian Americans are definitely opposed to providing tax-payer funded citizenship benefits of food stamps, health care, social security, and even jobs to non-citizens. Christian Americans, however, are happy to have non-citizens provide labor at much lower compensation than that paid to citizens. This is exactly equivalent to Israel taking tribute from – vs enslaving – their poorer allied nationals.
The Hivites were driven out of the Middle East by the Philistines according to Peter Tompkins. Many readers would be familiar with Peter Tompkins’ stimulating work Mysteries of the Mexican Pyramids. In it, Tompkins uses Ordoez, Naez, and native Mexican sources. Part of the Hivite tribe fled Tyre from whence they set sail for America.
Hmmm, interesting, and not incredible. After all, the whole world was populated by Middle Easterners, weren’t they?
These peoples begin the listing of lesser known, undoubtedly smaller Canaanite nations. They named their settlement of Arka / Arqa / Irqata a short distance due north of Damascus. The earliest level of the archeological site dates to the Neolithic, AKA pre-flood, period, another suggestion that Ham’s descendants were all rebuilding known pre-flood prosperous cities.
This city-state was powerful enough to be involved in international affairs, mentioned during the 14th Century B.C. in the Egyptian Annals, and specially in the Egyptian Tell al-Amarna Letters. Hushai the Arkite was a minister in King David’s government and a crucial ally during Absolom’s rebellion. This relationship gives yet another indication of the multinational character of God’s kingdom in the golden age of King David and early days of King Solomon. Hushai is characterized as a counsellor, he may well have specialized in commerce.
Most authorities consider that they settled at this early stage of history in the northern part of Lebanon where there are various localities with similar names, such as Sinna, Sinum or Sini, and Syn. They undoubtedly also migrated east following The Steppe Route, precursor to The Silk Road, to settle in Sino-, AKA China. This is certainly in keeping with the Canaanites’ commercial interests.
The Arvadite, AKA Arwad,
These lay claim to a fishing and commercial city in the north of what is now Lebanon (see map of Lebanon above).
In the Amarna tablets (B.C. 1400) Zemar, or Zumur, was one of the most important of the Phoenician cities, but it afterwards almost disappears from history, leaving behind just a remnant in the town of Sumra, at the western base of the Lebanon range.
Their original settlement was on the Orontes River in northern Lebanon. “Sargon II of Assyria tells us how he conquered the city, and it was at Hamath that Nebuchadnezzar defeated the Egyptian armies. Like their cousins the Gergasites, the Hamathites migrated to northern Greece and Macedonia, becoming known as the Emathians (in English). The territory they settled became known as Emathia.”
The name means “villagers” and denotes rural dwellers in contrast to cityfolk. Think Texas ranchers. Abram and Lot herded cattle on Perizzite land.
No further mention is found in either scripture or archeological records. They either amalgamated, emigrated or died out.
As detailed in the post The Exodus, many of the Kenites absorbed into Abraham’s Hebrew nation through Midian and then Moses during the Exodus so became citizens in the Promised Land. Those who did not join themselves to the God of Abraham were carried away into captivity during the Assyrian conquest of Israel.
Minor tribe. There are suggestions that they emigrated.
These are unknown outside the Bible, probably because they occupied such a small city-state on an seemingly unassuming hilltop. Nonetheless, we can assume that they followed the same guiding principle as their brothers in high-tailing it to a prized pre-flood location. And rather than being unassuming, it was the greatest prize of all.
The Jebusite’s claim was, in fact, nothing less than God’s heavenly gateway to earth.
“And David and all Israel went to Jerusalem, which is Jebus; where the Jebusites were, the inhabitants of the land. And…David took the castle of Zion / Tsiyyon,the stronghold…” (I Chronicles 11:3-67)
Wrapping it up with the biggest players, the Amorites are mentioned early in Mesopotamian records. The Amorites are best known for establishing the kingdom of Babylonia under Ham- mur- abi [Ham is my father], i.e. Nimrod, the first named megalomaniacal post-flood giant. The Israelites were terrified of the Amorites, for good reason. The Amorite leaders proudly carried on the tradition of arcane pre-flood knowledge brought to mankind by the fallen angels.
The Amorites are identified from linguistics as Semitic, but this undoubtedly reflects their early pre-Babel appearance in history when everyone was still speaking the original antediluvian language given to Adam. They were known as the Martu in Sumerian, as Amar in Egyptian, and as the Amurru in Akkadian, all of which mean ‘westerners’ in relation to Mesopotamia. This is consistent with other indications that the Amorite nation consolidated in the area in modern Lebanon around Mount Hermon.
This are is a major clue, as the book of Enoch relates that Mount Hermon / Armon is the landing zone for the fallen angels.
Supporting this consideration is the fact that:
Several Amorite royal houses, including those of the old Babylonian kingdom, the old Assyrian kingdom, and the kings of Ugarit, traced their ancestry from Dedan, whose descendants were called the Didanu, Tidanum, and variations thereof… that’s the name from which the Greeks derived the word titanes—the Titans. Did Amorite royalty really believe they descended from the Titans, the old gods who planned their rebellion against God at Mount Hermon in the dim, distant past?
Maybe Dedan’s characterization in a new video game has some actual basis in fact?
The evidence strongly supports the conclusion that the Amorites possessed fallen angel DNA which was carefully bred in their descendants, like race horses or prize-winning dogs, to bring out the most desired traits.
Approximately 400 years after Abram and his small band of Hebrews first encountered the Canaanites, a much larger nation of Hebrews encountered Canaanites again. Unfortunately for the Hebrews, they weren’t the only nation to increase in size.
“[W]e saw…Amorites…[in fact] all the people that we saw in it are men of a great stature. And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” (Numbers 13:17-33)
- Rephaims* in Ashteroth Karnaim,
- Zuzims* in Ham
- Emins* in Shaveh Kiriathaim – a people great, and many, and tall…Which also were accounted giants, as the Anakims; but the Moabites called them Emims / Terrors
- Horites* in their mount Seir… the children of Esau succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day:
- Amorites* that dwelt in Hazezon-tamar. The compound Hebrew name indicating ranks of destroyers as tall as palm trees matches the description given in Amos, “whose height was like the height of the cedars, and he was strong as the oaks;” (Amos 2:9)
- Zamzummims / due to their unique manner of speaking; in the land of the Ammonites, a people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims;
- the Avims / lust, [we see this in obsessively craving drugs like heroin, so the Avims would have obsessively pursued their prey] which dwelt in Hazerim, even unto Azzah, the Caphtorims, which came forth out of Caphtor, destroyed them, and dwelt in their stead.)
- Caphtor apparently merged to some degree with his brother Cashlu to produce what became known in that land as the Philistines, from which was derived the modern designation Palestinian. Note that the Philistines were not among the tribes to be driven out of the land, and certainly benefitted the Israelites at this stage of history. They also had their own giant, but his solitary show on the field of battle indicates he was a rarity.
- Only Og king of Bashan [Golan Heights, you can see from the photo above this is a major strategic location, so much so that it is currently occupied by UN forces to (attempt to) keep the peace] remained of the remnant of giants; behold his bedstead was a bedstead of iron; is it not in Rabbath of the children of Ammon? nine cubits was the length thereof, and four cubits the breadth of it, after the cubit of a man.”(Deuteronomy 3:1-11)
“Bera king of Sodom, and with Birsha king of Gomorrah, Shinab king of Admah, and Shemeber king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela, which is Zoar…joined battle with…Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.” (Genesis 14:8-9)
It is reasonable to deduce that the five city-states, confederate as they were with the mountain giants, also had inbred hybrid non-human traits. How else would the city-states at the Dead Sea calculate that they had a chance to win a battle after the named giants, even having the high ground advantage, had been defeated?
This deduction is supported by the record that the Dead Sea Pentapolis was initially the only target of the Mesopotamian alliance, and that standard war strategy was implemented during the second phase wherein armies must eliminate the enemy’s peripheral defenses before concentrating its full forces on the enemy stronghold.
The Sodomites’ compulsion to consort with the angelic visitors despite being struck blind provides evidence that they were seeking to engage in primary hybridization empowerment and knew it was worth giving up their eyesight.
“And there came two angels to Sodom at even; and Lot sat in the gate of Sodom: and Lot seeing them rose up to meet them; and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground…And he pressed upon them greatly [he knows what is going to happen]; and they turned in unto him…But…the men…of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and young, all the people from every quarter: And they called unto Lot, and said unto him, Where are the men which came in to thee this night? bring them out unto us, that we may know them [unite in ways more than temporarily joining together physically in sex – have part of them permanently left behind as with AIDS] …But the me…smote the men that were at the door of the house with blindness [but that didn’t stop them] so that they wearied themselves to find the door. (Genesis 20:1-11)
The drastic judgment levied against the Dead Sea Pentapolis is certainly consistent with the judgment imposed on the devil and his angels / messengers, including hybrids, by the flood. Contrast this with God’s longsuffering towards humanity described as “not willing that any should perish.“
As a side note, becoming a pillar or pile of salt describes the moist body being instantly desiccated into nothing but the minerals in the body like sodium, potassium, calcium, etc. which, in combination with each other, are both scientifically and colloquially called “salts”.
There is no reason to assume that Lot’s wife was singled out for the vaporization which occurred at the time of the fiery blast, just that she was the only one of Lot’s family who removed herself from the extra-dimensional shield provided by the angel escorts when she pulled away to “look back”. If the reader is a parent, surely you can understand her agony at the loss of her children left behind in Sodom, even possibly deliberately committing suicide to join their fate.
This leads one to speculate on, at least some of, the origins of the heavy concentration of salts in and around the “Dead” Sea. Hmmm.