The Tower of Babel


The tower of Babel is the site of the first scattering of the human race. As such, it presages God's exile of His people to Babylon. According to the Bible all the people of the world spoke the same language. They collected themselves in the land of Shinar (Babylon), deciding that they would have one central city for the entire earth, and from there, be one people.

"Throughout the earth men spoke the same language, with the same vocabulary. Now as they moved eastwards they found a plain in the land of Shinar where they settled. They said to one another, 'Come, let us make bricks and bake them in the fire'. For stone they used bricks, and for mortar they used bitumen. 'Come,' they said 'let us build ourselves a town and a tower with its top reaching heaven. Let us make a name for ourselves, so that wwe may not be scattered about the whole earth.'

Now the Lord came down to see the town and the tower that the sons of men had built. 'So they are all a single people with a single language?' said the Lord. 'This is but the start of their undertakings'. There will be nothing too hard for them to do. Come, let us go down and confuse their language on the spot so that they can no longer understand one another.' The Lord scattered them thence over the whole face of the earth, and they stopped building the town. It was named Babel therefore, because there the Lord confused the language of the whole earth. It was from there that the Lord scattered them over the whole face of the earth." (Genesis 11:1-9).


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