Sodom and Gomorrah
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
For the sins of their inhabitants Sodom, Gomorrah were destroyed by "brimstone and fire from the Lord out of heaven". Since then, their names are synonymous with impenitent sin, and their fall with a proverbial manifestation of God's wrath.
The story of Sodom has given rise to words in several languages, including English: the word "sodomy", meaning acts (stigmatized as "unnatural vice") such as homosexuality and anal sex, and the word "sodomite", meaning one who practices such acts. However, the name Sodom is derived from a Hebrew word meaning "burnt", and Gomorrah from a word meaning "buried", which are references to their destruction.
- Apples of Sodom
- Aye, and Gomorrah
- The Bible and homosexuality
- Bombing of Hamburg during the last week of July 1943, designated Operation Gomorrah
- Gesangsszene, a musical setting by Karl Amadeus Hartmann of Jean Giraudoux's Sodome et Gomorrhe (Sodom and Gomorrah).
- Homosexuality in the Hebrew Bible
- Religion and homosexuality
- Vayeira, the Torah portion containing the story of Sodom and Gomorrah
- Vine of Sodom
- Lot's Wife