Lot's wife

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.
Related to Lot's wife: Sodom and Gomorrah

Lot’s wife

ignores God’s command; turns to salt upon looking back. [O.T.: Genesis 19:26]
References in periodicals archive ?
The tale of Lot's wife warns of what can happen when grief overwhelms: it disintegrates the self, leaving salt remains.
The title poem, "Luftspringerin" (1989), is appropriate, as it presents the poet's art in quintessence: the poet identifies with Lot's wife (perhaps following the example of Anna Akhmatova), looking back at her life, "having loved something that drove her almost to the edge of the world," but ending in disappointment and "fear of always the same soup.
Mona Van Duyn quotes freely from the work of poets like Yeats and Christopher Smart without emulating them, and she often chooses legendary figures to write about, immortal women like Leda and Danae and Lot's wife, but she treats them as no more than battered mortal women abused by male gods, victims of love rather than willing recipients of love.
As well as Marsden Rock, the haunt of nesting cormorants, there are pillars called Lot's Wife, Jack Rock and Pompey's Wife.
Every bedroom is empty Every perfume vanished Every presence absent A curtain screens the dawn Painted palm silent birds From the cold night inside The darkened hotel flies away Toward some oneiric Far West Where the horse mounts the Indian Where the reddish salt of the cliffs Congeals into a statue as did Lot's wife in Sodom The transparent sun traces On the skin on the dried salt Crystals unlikely jewels To offer to her On the bituminous banks, Who sings of sleep, the fortunate season.
Like Lot's wife, I made one mistake at the Heathrow departure gate, sneaking a last look at my emails before being condemned to 22 hours of cramped captivity in the semi-darkness of a Sydney-bound jet.
Next, on folio 29 verso, at the left side of the picture, Lot's wife is turning back, while at the right side one of the daughters is depicted offering drink to Lot.
This biblical subject shows Lot and his daughters taking a rest after their flight from Sodom, the city inflames behind them and Lot's wife turned into a pillar of salt.
However one views its account of God's creation of the world, Adam and Eve, the Garden of Eden, Cain and Abel, Noah and the flood, Abraham and Isaac, Sodom and Gomorrah, Lot's wife, Joseph and his brothers and a host of other epochal characters and events, these are stories which have become deeply embedded in our communal history and individual psyches.
For a moment you wondered if she could possibly keep all the promises she was making, and then you flinched, certain that she could - including the promise that she could turn you into Lot's wife, that to gaze upon her for another instant would change you into a pillar of salt.
Camille, John Christopher's wife, alludes to herself as Lot's wife in her letter to Johnnie: "I would be a pillar of salt trying to look back to you" (184).
They retell the stories of Lot's wife, Mary Magdalene, Leah and Rachel, the women with the hemorrhage whom Jesus healed, and Bathsheba.