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1)

What exactly is "Emek ha'Sidim"?

1.

Rashi and Targum Onkelus: A valley comprising may fields (or orchards - Targum Yonasan).

2)

If it was a valley, how can the Pasuk refer to it as 'the Yam ha'Melach?

1.

Rashi #1: At a later date, the Yam ha'Melach flowed into it. 1

2.

Rashi #2 (citing the Midrash): Surrounding rocks split up and canals flowed from them into the erstwhile valley.

3.

Targum Onkelus: It was the current location of the Yam ha'Melach, that was destined to form after the destruction of Sedom and Amora.


1

Though this itself, is unclear.

3)

רש"י: ומדרש אגדה וכו': למה הביא את המדרש?

1.

גור אריה: פשטות לשון הכתוב שעמק השדים עצמו הוא ים המלח, ולכן צ"ל שנתבקעו הצורים וכו'.

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