[Lot Flees Sodom and Gomorrah] Son of Aran and nephew of Abraham. He settled in Kikkar the fertile region about the Jordan, residing in Sodom. At the time of the pillage of the latter he was captured and carried away but was soon rescued by Abraham. He was saved by angels when Sodom and Gomorrha were destroyed for their immorality; his wife, however, was turned into a pillar of salt for her disobedience. It has been suggested that she may have been overtaken by the salty waters of the Dead Sea or that she became coated with salt released from the soil by the heat of the flame. Later Lot had two sons, Moab and Ammon, the fruits of incest, whose descendants were Israel's most bitter enemies.

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