As the story concerning each character unfolds, we learn how closely connected is the name to the narrative, provided that we focus on the Hebrew name. We showed how: 1. The Biblical name foreshadows the life events of each personality, 2. The Hebrew name both mirrors and substantiates the truthfulness of biblical events and prophecies.
Today’s names worked in the opposite direction – a biblical name that became a symbolic word for immorality in many languages and cultures around the world.
Sodom and Gomorrah were two ancient cities that were once located on the coast of the Dead Sea, yet they were rich with water and vegetation, very different than the desolate terrain of this region today.
“And Lot lifted up his eyes, and saw the valley of the Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere, before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah, like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt, as you come to Zoar”
We read in the Bible about the multi-aspect wickedness of the dwellers of S’dom va•Amo•ra (Sodom and Gomorrah). Equating these names with wickedness in other frameworks of time and location has begun in the Bible. The prophet Isaiah designates these names to the sinful dwellers of Jerusalem:
“Hear the word of the Lord, rulers of Sodom; give ear to the Torah of our God, people of Gomorrah”
The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah has also become an idiom in Hebrew: ‘ma•ha•pe•chat S’dom va•Amo•ra’.
“And that the whole land is brimstone, and salt, and burning, that it is not sown, nor bears, nor any grass grows on it, like the overthrow of Sodom, and Gomorrah, Admah, and Zeboim, which the Lord overthrew in his anger, and in his wrath”
This idiom, which is translated as the overthrow of S’dom va•Amo•ra, appears 5 times in the Bible.