Divine judgment upon Sodom and Gomorrah

Glastra, Siebe Wiemer

Sodom and Gomorrah were cities mentioned in the Book of Genesis and throughout the Hebrew Bible, the New Testament and in the Koran. Divine judgment by God was passed upon Sodom and Gomorrah and two neighboring cities, which were completely consumed by fire and brimstone. In Abrahamic religions, Sodom and Gomorrah have become synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of divine retribution.

We suppose that Lot’s wife is depicted by Glastra: not having found even 10 righteous people in the city, the angels commanded Lot to gather his family and leave. As they made their escape, one angel commanded Lot to “look not behind thee”. However, as Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, Lot’s wife looked back at the city, and she became a pillar of salt.