Ancient sources

Moab and Edom

23. The (place) of Saint Lot - (Dayr 'Ayn Abbata)

ORIGINAL TEXTS


(Vita S. Stephani Sabaitae, 16:2)


ENGLISH TRANSLATION

Vita S. Stephani Sabaitae 16:2 (8th cent. A.D.)
He was living with them (...) in the caves of the Arnon, or of Saint Lot, or of Saint Aaron, or beyond the Dead Sea.

BIBLICAL BACKGROUND

Gen 19:30-38 The origin of the Moabites and the Ammonites
Now Lot went up out of Zoar and settled in the hills with his two daughters, for he was afraid to stay in Zoar; so he lived in a cave with his two daughters. And the firstborn said to the younger, 'Our father is old, and there is not a man on earth to come in to us after the manner of all the world. Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, so that we may preserve offspring through our father.' So they made their father drink wine that night; and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; he did not know when she lay down or when she rose. On the next day, the firstborn said to the younger, 'Look, I lay last night with my father; let us make him drink wine tonight also; then you go in and lie with him, so that we may preserve offspring through our father.' So they made their father drink wine that night also; and the younger rose, and lay with him; and he did not know when she lay down or when she rose. Thus both the daughters of Lot became pregnant by their father. The firstborn bore a son, and named him Moab; he is the ancestor of the Moabites to this day. The younger also bore a son and named him Ben-ammi; he is the ancestor of the Ammonites to this day.

Wisd 10:5-7 "Wisdom rescued a righteous man"
Wisdom also, when the nations in wicked agreement had been put to confusion, recognized the righteous man and preserved him blameless before God, and kept him strong in the face of his compassion for his child. 6 Wisdom rescued a righteous man when the ungodly were perishing; he escaped the fire that descended on the Five Cities. 7 Evidence of their wickedness still remains: a continually smoking wasteland, plants bearing fruit that does not ripen, and a pillar of salt standing as a monument to an unbelieving soul.

2Pet 2:6-10 God "rescued Lot, a righteous man"
If by turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah to ashes he condemned them to extinction and made them an example of what is coming to the ungodly; 7 and if he rescued Lot, a righteous man greatly distressed by the licentiousness of the lawless 8 (for that righteous man, living among them day after day, was tormented in his righteous soul by their lawless deeds that he saw and heard), 9 then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from trial, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment until the day of judgment 10 - especially those who indulge their flesh in depraved lust, and who despise authority.

MORE ANCIENT SOURCES

Georgian Calendar, october 9 (11th cent. A.D.)
In Golgotha near Bethlehem (sic.!). [Memory] of the patriarch Abraham and of the just Lot.

see also: 24.Balak also Segor, now Zoara - (Ghor al-Safy)

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