Short Report Instructions


You are required to report about the debate over the northern and southern location of Sodom in a 4–5-page Short Report including the following information:

  • Introduction with thesis statement.
  • Identify the archaeological site each position believes is Sodom.
  • Identify the date each scholar uses for the patriarchs.
  • Describe the archaeological evidence for destruction from both sites.
  • Describe how each site meets the criteria for the biblical location of Sodom.
  • Identify and compare the weaknesses and strengths of their arguments.
  • Conclusion – Provide a personal reflection and opinion for the weight of evidence for each location.


Read these 2 articles by Dr. Wood and Dr. Collins:

  • Wood, Bryant G. “The Discovery of the Sin Cities of Sodom and Gomorrah.” Bible and Spade 12, no. 3 (1999): 67–80.


  • Collins, Steven. “If You Thought You Knew the Location of Sodom and Gomorrah…Think Again.” Biblical Research Bulletin 7, no. 4 (2007): 1–6.


You must use your textbooks and other articles by these two authors to support their arguments. They have both written about the others’ arguments in longer articles that you can access at the same sites. Both scholars are evangelical archaeologists and good friends who have dug together at Khirbet el-Maqatir (Ai).

Your paper must be in current Turabian format and include a minimum of 6 sources.


For further instructions, see the Instructions for Written Assignments in the Additional Materials folder in Blackboard.


This assignment is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 3.


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