Lot's Wife. Why a Pillar of Salt?

  1. Nick's thoughts profile image60
    Nick's thoughtsposted 6 years ago

    Lot's Wife. Why a Pillar of Salt?

    In the biblical story where God destroys Sodom and Gomorra.  Where he tells lot to leave the city and not to look back or he will be turned into a pillar of salt.   I am beginning to see that this was not God be vengeful on Lot‘s wife when she looked back. .  I know now it has some symbolic meaning about mourning for what can‘t be anymore.  But why a pillar of salt?  Salt in those days was valuable and used for currency.  Maybe there is a theologies out there who can answer this one for me.

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  2. brittanytodd profile image93
    brittanytoddposted 6 years ago

    I am not entirely sure, but some philosophers argue that she was turned into a "natsiyb" in Hebrew (which has been translated to "pillar"), which means a deputy, or someone meant to watch over something else.  Some say that she was meant to watch over the dead sea (where no life exists due to high salt content) as a symbolic image meant to represent those that cannot move forward in life--away from sinful living and without faith--will never prosper.  I hope this helps.

 
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