Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia


Wife of Lot: Bible

by Lyn M. Bechtel

When the large cities of the plain of Jordan are destroyed because of their people’s lack of discernment of good and bad, Lot’s wife looks back and turns into a pillar of salt. Salt preserves her in a fixed state. Is this symbolic of her being tied to the security that city culture is assumed to offer?


Meyers, Carol, General Editor. Women in Scripture. New York: 2000.

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Bechtel, Lyn M.. "Wife of Lot: Bible." Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. 1 March 2009. Jewish Women's Archive. (Viewed on April 20, 2014) <>.