Genesis 19:1-29: "The two angels arrived at Sodom
in the evening and Lot was sitting in the gateway of the city.
He told the committee: "You should take heed of the story of Sodom
and Gomorrah, it will lower the tone of life and principles in the city of Swansea.
At the heart of this paper is the notion of New World Sodom
: a sixteenth-century Iberian representational strategy of conquest that likened the natives of the New World to the inhabitants of Sodom
and Gomorrah through such literary tools as intertextuality, allusion, imitation, and parody.
In the verse following Abraham's marketplace bargaining with God, we are transported to Sodom
itself, and to the one resident we already knew lived there: Abraham's nephew Lot.
Lot, Abraham's kinsman, is willing to sacrifice his two daughters to the men of Sodom
who are at his door, clamoring for the visitors to Lot's house that "we may know them" (the Hebrew verb for sexual intimacy).
They find themselves on a journey through the ancient world - getting caught up in a fight between Cain and Abel, escaping from Abraham, who wants to circumcise them, and end up in the naughty city of Sodom
, caught in a plot against the King.
What I found entirely unacceptable, as a citizen and especially as an evangelical Christian, were a few self-described Christians basing their opposition on the idea that Sodom
and Gomorrah were destroyed because of people "like that.
But perhaps gay Israelis should take heart in the fact that these tremors were mild ones: it seems we've made a bit of progress since God smote the city of Sodom
in one fell swoop.
This country's leaders have turned it into a modern-day Sodom
is a city, and there are therefore features which apply particularly to a city.
Long considered the modern-day equivalent of Sodom
and Gomorrah, Hollywood is increasingly showing its family-friendly side, churning out an unprecedented number of films and television shows with uplifting, redemptive themes.
In doing this we are following the patriarch Abraham, who challenged God's decision to destroy Sodom
, saying, "Shall not the Judge of all the earth do justly?