And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a
plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them
thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
(11:1) The whole earth was of one language.
This could not be true, since by this time (supposedly around 2400 BCE) there were already many languages, each unintelligible to the others.
This is even admitted earlier in Genesis (10:5, 10:20, 10:31) where other languages are mentioned before the tower of Babel was supposedly
constructed. How many languages before Babel?
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven;
and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
(11:4) Let us build us a city and a tower,
whose top may reach unto heaven
11:5And the LORD came down
to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
(11:5) And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower.
Couldn't he see it from where he was sitting? Does God know everything?
And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, andthey have all one
language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they
have imagined to do.
(11:6) Behold, the people is one, and they have all one
language ... Now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
God worries that the people will succeed in building a tower high enough to reach him (them?) in heaven, and that by
so doing they will become omnipotent. How many languages before Babel?
Go to, let us go down, and there
confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left
off to build the city.
Let us go down, and ... confound their language.
Maybe he hasn't been talking to himself; maybe
there is more than one of them up there. Well, however many there may be,
they all decide to come down to confuse the
builders by confounding human language and scattering them [humans] abroad. Is God the author of confusion? How many gods are there?
11:9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because
did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD
scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.
(11:9) The LORD did there confound the language of all the earth.
According to the Tower of Babel story, the many human languages were created instantaneously by God. But languages
evolved gradually over long periods of time. How many languages were there before Babel?
From Shem to Abraham
11:10These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old,
and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:
And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons
And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and
Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with
them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came
unto Haran, and dwelt there.
And the days of Terah
were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
In which God sends Avram on the first Birthright trip ever, famine strikes immediately, and some kings get into a fight. Recorded live at the Parkside Lounge on February 18, 2013. Guest: Esther Werdiger