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efore them. In short, definitely a very long break, despite the preparation time: a stop is necessary to restore tired and hungry bodies. In fact, the narrator states - with an attitude typical of modern “journalism” that describes an event in detail - that (18:8) “he stood by them, underneath the tree”... And they ate The scene recalls Middle Eastern typical nomadism: When an important guest arrives, that guest is offered all comforts and conveniences, and consume the meal in tranquillity as his prominent position requires. The whole situation, the accurate detailed description, the timing of the events and particularly the fact that many of them are contemporary (while some things take place, some other things occur) are evidence of a very concrete, real and material event, including the act of eating. Something very difficult to conceive for angelic, immaterial and spiritual beings... The "angels" in Sodom We have already seen that after having eaten and rested, two of these individuals continue on their journey while the “leader” (adòn, “lord”) stops to talk with Abraham about Sodom and Gomorrah. Those two were “angels”, as it says in the first verse of Chapter 19: 80

In the night, two angels arrived in Sodom Here is background of the narrative's accurateness: it is high noon, and Lot, Abraham's nephew, is sitting near the city gate where the two stop, he recognizes them as belonging to the rank of “malakhìms”, runs to meet them and bows down at their feet. We thus have further confirmation that it is not spiritual beings, but individuals who walk, take time to get from one place to another, and are seen arriving from far. Then the one who sees them, runs to meet them as a sign of honor and respect. This has nothing to do with the tradition of the sudden and overwhelming apparitions; we are in presence of a normal process of approaching two people walking quietly in a late and warm Middle Eastern afternoon. Lot offers them the same thing as Abraham did; he wants to host them, giving them the possibility to wash their feet and spend the night at his home (19:2). The two, however, decide to do differently and tell Lot: We will spend the night in the square (open place). 81

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