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Not to be confused with Lot's wife.

Lot is a character from the Old Testament of the BibleAbraham's nephew. He is also referred to in the New Testament and the Qur'an.

According to all versions of the story, his family are the only survivors of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah.

What's the commotion?[edit]

The biblical account of Sodom and Gomorrah has it that the men of the city of Sodom wanted to rape Lot's male guests.

Being the kind and loving father that he was, he offered his daughters for the mob to rape instead — and he lied about their sexual history to encourage the crowd to take them.[1] Thankfully for the daughters, the mob wasn't interested.

However, although his daughters escaped this time, later they were to be not so lucky.[2] After escaping from Sodom, the daughters engage in an incestual threesome with their father, and he gets them both pregnant. Nice touch, guys.

50 shades of Lot[edit]

The Bible describes this incident in such a way as to make it quite clear that Lot was the victim here (Genesis 19:30-38):

30 And Lot went up out of Zoar, and dwelt in the mountain, and his two daughters with him; for he feared to dwell in Zoar: and he dwelt in a cave, he and his two daughters.

31 And the firstborn said unto the younger, Our father is old, and there is not a man in the earth to come in unto us after the manner of all the earth:
32 Come, let us make our father drink wine, and we will lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
33 And they made their father drink wine that night: and the firstborn went in, and lay with her father; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.
34 And it came to pass on the morrow, that the firstborn said unto the younger, Behold, I lay yesternight with my father: let us make him drink wine this night also; and go thou in, and lie with him, that we may preserve seed of our father.
35 And they made their father drink wine that night also: and the younger arose, and lay with him; and he perceived not when she lay down, nor when she arose.

36 Thus were both the daughters of Lot with child by their father.

Of course, it's all the daughters' fault! Poor old Lot, he never wanted to have sex with his daughters—they decided to get him so drunk, he couldn't control himself any more. How many fathers who rape their daughters have said the same things? "It's her fault!" "I was drunk!". Remarkably, Lot was still able to perform sexually despite purportedly being so drunk as to lapse into unconsciousness.

If there is any truth to these stories at all, it seems almost certain that Lot raped his daughters (possibly while under the influence of alcohol), and in true blame the victim style, the Bible lies and says they instigated it. Is this part of that Biblical morality we keep hearing about?

While this is the only explicit incest mentioned in the bible, we all still wonder where Adam and Eve's grandchildren came from.

Common descent[edit]

In verses 37-38, the elder daughter has a son, Moab, after whom the Moabites are named, and the younger daughter has a son, Ammon, after whom the Ammonites are named. This is just petty xenophobia on the part of the Biblical authors—accusing other nations around you of being the product of incest. Once more, the Bible teaches racists how it's done.

In the New Testament, Jesus is claimed (Matthew 1:1-17) to have descended from Ruth, who in the the Book of Ruth is indicated to have descended from Moab, Lot's son by his eldest daughter.

According to Saint Peter, Lot was a righteous man [3]. Does that mean he should be an example to Christian fathers everywhere as to how they should treat their daughters? We hope not.

In Islam[edit]

The Islamic version of Lot has been highly sanitized, with all references to drunkenness and incest removed. In the Qu'ran, Lot is a virtuous prophet who speaks out against rape and homosexuality.