We found this amazing, thrilling news in the Daily Express, a British tabloid. Their headline is Archaeology news: Bible expert unveils ‘evidence’ Tower of Babel was REAL 4,000 years ago, and they have an active comments feature. Here are some excerpts from the news, with bold font added by us for emphasis, and occasional Curmudgeonly interjections that look [like this]:
The Tower of Babel appears in the Bible’s Book of Genesis and is often described as the world’s very first skyscraper. As the story goes, sometimes [sic] after Noah’s flood, a united force of humans began constructing the most impressive structure ever seen in an attempt to reach the heavens and God himself. [Gasp!] Angered, God steps in and scrambles everyone’s languages, thus preventing the people from finishing their project.
The story is familiar to everyone — especially readers of the Curmudgeon’s blog. The tabloid then says:
Genesis 11 reads: “But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower the people were building. The Lord said, ‘If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible for them. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.'”
Clever plan! After that, the tabloid tells us:
The account of the Tower of Babel is widely accepted as an allegorical tale [Allegorical?] and an origin myth [Myth?] explaining the world’s languages. And though few people believe such an impressive structure ever stood, a Bible expert who has memorised more than 20 books of scripture [Impressive!] thinks there is archaeological evidence to back its existence.
Interesting, huh? The tabloid continues:
Tom Meyer, a professor of Bible studies at Shasta Bible College and Graduate School in California, US, told Express.co.uk: “When the crème de la crème of the international community was wearing fine linen, purple and scarlet and smelling like cinnamon and frankincense, the new vacation hotspot was the rebuilt Tower of Babel in Babylon. [Really?] Everyone was excited by the intriguing reports that the work on the Tower of Babel, which had stopped and then was restarted (by Hammurabi – 1792 to 1750 BC) only to be stopped again for 1,500 years, had been completed [Completed?] by famed builder, Nebuchadnezzar 2, king of Babylon (605 to 562 BC). They’d heard a rumour that the top of the temple contained a portal that transported you to heaven.”
We didn’t know any of this. What would we do without the Daily Express? Let’s read on, as they continue to quote Tom Meyer, the bible studies professor:
“According to Henry Hampton Halley (Halley’s Bible Handbook), the judgment of the confusion at the original Tower of Babel occurred in the fourth generation after the flood, around the time of the birth of Peleg (Genesis 10:25); this was 100 years after the Flood of Noah and 325 years before Abraham first came to the Holy Land (about 2000 BC). It was this famous tower mentioned in the book of Genesis that Nebuchadnezzar finished; there is archaeological evidence that could corroborate this.“
It seems to us that 100 years after the Flood there were barely enough people around to dig a latrine, and certainly not enough to build a tower to heaven. But if those scholars have evidence, then it must be true! By the way, in an earlier post we computed the world’s population for several generations after the Flood, to put the Babel tale in its proper context. If you’re interested, see Answers in Genesis — The Ice Age.
The tabloid’s story goes on and on, but we’ve given you more than enough to get you interested. Now you can click over there and read it all. Then you’ll be convinced that the tale of the Tower of Babel is The Truth™.
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