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Return to Sodom and Gommorah Paperback – 14 March 2000
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Did a volcano part the Red Sea Have scientists found Eve Was the pharaoh of the Oppression a woman Did the Jordan River really cease flowing the day Jericho fell
A brilliant author, scientist, and adventurer who has been called "the real Indiana Jones," Dr. Charles Pellegrino takes us on a remarkable journey from the Nile to the Tigris-Euphrates rivers -- crossing time, legend, and ancient lands to explore the unsolved mysteries of the Old Testament. Return to Sodom and Gomorrah is an epic saga of discovery that interweaves science, history, and suspense --the first book ever to bring archaeologists, scientists and theologians together to examine the same evidence. In this enthralling revelatory adventure, Pellegrino introduces us to dedicated pioneers like Benjamin Mazar, Leonard Woolley, and T. E. Lawrence, who retraced the steps of Moses to demystify the Exodus and the Flood. In the process, he enables us to view ancient relics in an extraordinary new light -- as both fascinating windows on the past and vivid signposts to the future.
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Charles Pellegrino has been known to work simultaneously in entomology, forensic physics, paleo-genetics, preliminary design of advanced rocket systems, astrobiology, and marine archaeology. The author of eighteen books of fiction and nonfiction, including Unearthing Atlantis, Dust, Ghosts of the Titanic, and the New York Times bestseller Her Name, Titanic, he is the scientist whose dinosaur-cloning recipe inspired Michael Crichton's bestselling novel Jurassic Park. Dr. Pellegrino lives in New York City.
- Publisher : Avon US; 2nd Revised ed. edition (14 March 2000)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0380726335
- ISBN-13 : 978-0380726332
- Dimensions : 15.24 x 2.64 x 22.86 cm
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The author (whom I've met in person) takes the reader on a gripping multi-disciplinary journey into the past, and present, of the Fertile Crescent (Middle East). It is both a physical, as well as a metaphysical, dig though many of the interweaving and overlapping layers of oral and written tradition, archeological reality, and widely-held misconceptions and institutionalized convenient half-truths ... with the ultimate goal being to gain a better appreciation of what really happened.
It was immensely interesting to see, for instance, real-life accounts of archeological digs involving some of the places, people, and events, mentioned in the Old Testament ... as well as to see how various early Judeo-Christian accounts of the day (both oral and written) were eventually culled together and codified/blessed (by the religious powers of the day) into what has since been passed down to us (in various different times and languages) as "The Bible".
Biblical literalists beware ...
[Wizard of Oz] "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain !" [/Wizard of Oz]
... because some of your dogmatic preconceptions and convenient assumptions will be sorely challenged by this book. Something you should look forward to, and to be grateful for, rather than be offended by - because the better we can grasp (as best we are able) the truth, the better we can grasp our place in the greater scheme of things, as well as our understanding of "God". Personally, if getting closer to Truth/God is not at the very heart of most religions, I don't know what is.
There are accounts of the Thera eruption encoded in the Greek story of Atlantis and in Egyptian writings as well as in the Exodus story in the Bible. Unfortunately, there haven't been enough early Minoan writings uncovered to help in the deciphering of Linear A. It is hoped that as the extensive city on Santorini is excavated, more writings will be discovered. Linear B is related to early Greek, but they don't have a clue as yet what Linear A is related to.
What impressed me most was that the Minoans, protected by the sea and engaged in widespread trade on it, did not seem to have to fight to have influence in the ancient world. They prospered and developed a superior culture in peace. They had art that inspired the Greeks and plumbing rivaling our own. (They had flush toilets and showers with hot and cold running water.) Unlike their successors, they apparently did not relegate women to an inferior position. Pellegrino makes the connection with their veneration of the bull and the older
Catalhoyuk culture in nearby Turkey. Perhaps future excavations of the even older city, below that destroyed by the giant blast, will illuminate that possibility further.
After the volcano destroyed much of their territory and undermined their economy, the Mycenaeans, the Indo-European ancestors of the Greeks, took control. Minoans scattered and some became the "sea people" of the Bible, the Philistines.
Because they were the enemy of the protagonists in the Bible, the Philistines have had a bad press for many years. There are some excavations going on that paint a more realistic picture. That brings me to another point that struck me in the Pellegrino book. Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed; therefore they must have been wicked. From the point of view of the witnesses, it had to be the wrath of God therefore they had to have sinned. Pellegrino suspects that natural gas deposits in that oil and gas rich region may have exploded causing the destruction as described in the Bible.