Bibel, niederdeutsch (1494)
De Biblie mit vtlitigher achtinghe [...].
Lübeck : Steffen Arndes, 19. Nov. 1494.
BFSt: 7 A 7
Sodom and Gomorrah are considered in the Old Testament as places of sin, which were destroyed by God. They are said to have been located in the area of the Dead Sea - in the area that Abraham's nephew Lot settled (Gen 13:10f). Asphalt and sulfur springs appear there, and the Dead Sea itself and its surroundings are also hostile places.
The Middle Low German Bible printed in 1494 by Steffen Arndes (ca. 1450-1519) in Lübeck is considered »the most important vernacular Bible before the Reformation«. It became particularly famous for its illustrations. The two unknown masters involved (called A and B) used light and shadow to create spatiality and perspective.
The Zurich physician, geologist and teacher of mathematics Johann Jacob Scheuchzer (1672-1733) made the attempt to bring the biblical world view in line with increasing scientific knowledge. In his »Copper Bible« all natural phenomena were scientifically explained.