The Bible: The Sins of Sodom

For many centuries, interpreters of the Old Testament have thought that the "wickedness" for which God destroyed Sodom with fire and brimstone was homosexuality. That interpretation is mistaken, says Anglican Historian Hugh Ross Williamson in the current issue of Britain's Clergy Review.

The evidence for the old assumption is Genesis 19, which relates how inhabitants of Sodom surrounded Lot's house after he had been secretly visited by two angels. "Where are the men which came in to thee this night?" they asked. "Bring them out unto us, that we may know them." Beginning with rabbinical interpreters in the 2nd century...

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