The Tower of Babel – or Babble?
This story begins by stating that “the whole earth had a common language and a common vocabulary”, which is a splendid example of ‘never let the facts get in the way of a good story’ since we’re told, in the previous chapter, that the nations had been “separated into their lands, every one according to…
The Tower of Babel – We’ve been Warned
In Genesis 11, the last chapter of its opening ‘primeval history’ (an oxymoron) section, there’s the story of the Tower of Babel. Why does it appear here? In 587 BCE, the remaining southern Israelite kingdom, like its northern counterpart previously, was defeated and most of its people taken into exile in בָּבֶ֫ל (babel) which is…