New evidence suggests ancient Tower of Babel was real

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The story of the Tower of Babel is a cyrptic account in Genesis 11:1–9 of a time when everyone on earth spoke the same language. As people migrated east, they settled in the land of Shinar, the general region of ancient Mesopotamia.

Note: Ancient Mesopotamia, widely considered to be one of the cradles of human civilization, was situated within the Tigris–Euphrates river system, in modern days roughly corresponding to most of Iraq plus Kuwait, the eastern parts of Syria, Southeastern Turkey, and regions along the Turkish-Syrian and Iran–Iraq borders.

There in Shinar, the people agreed to build a city and a tower “tall enough to reach heaven” to make a name for themselves. Angered by their hubris, God confounded their speech so that they could no longer understand each other and scattered them around the world. The people stopped building the city, which they called Babel or, in Greek, Babylon.
According to the Book of Genesis, King Nimrod was the original founder of Babel and the great-grandson of Noah.
The remains of Babylon are in present-day Hillah, Iraq, about 53 miles south of Baghdad, comprising a large tell of broken mud-brick buildings and debris, as well as a number of mounds covering an area of about 1.24 mi × 0.62 mi.

A recently-aired documentary on the Smithsonian channel gives compelling evidence that the Tower of Babel may be real (h/t FOTM‘s stlonginus).

The evidence is comprised of:

  • The discovery of a vast structure beneath the remains of Babylon.
  • A privately-owned stone tablet, dating back to the 6th century B.C., which was discovered in Babylon about 100 years ago. The tablet’s significance recently was uncovered by Dr. Andrew George, Professor of Babylonian at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. Inscribed into the tablet are the bas-reliefs of an ancient Mesopotamian stepped tower and the figure of King Nebuchadnezzar II (604–561 BC), as well as the text, “The secret totemic tower of the city of Babylon,” and an account identical to that in Genesis of how the tower was constructed.

By the way, why does the European Parliament building in Strasbourg, France, look so much like the painting of the Tower of Babel by the 16th century painter Pieter Breugel the Elder?

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  2. I had to chuckle at the clip of the young man saying that “he always thought that the tower of babel was a myth.” Personally, I have never doubted the reality of the tower of babel, or the story of our first parents, Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden. It has never occurred to me that these were myths or some hoax perpetrated on man.

  3. God said “It’s not good for everybody to be united” so He broke up the world into SEPARATE nations!
    Globalism and multiculturalism are literally opposites of God’s will for mankind. WHY do so many people, including bible-reading Christians, resist this?!?

    • To clarify, “resist this” means to resist God’s separation of the world’s peoples.

    • God said “It’s not good for everybody to be united” so He broke up the world into SEPARATE nations!
      That’s the most sensible explanation of why God broke up the denizens of Babel I’ve read. It makes sense because one of God’s most precious gifts to humanity is free will, but a one-world government necessarily is dictatorial and the antithesis of our exercise of our free will.

      • So it must have been His choice to have more than one language….

      • Absolutely, Eo; it’s also the subject of ‘A Case of Conscience’, 1958, one of the100 Greatest Sci-Fi novels, by the great RC author Robert Bliss,, and, as this article states, “Few science fiction stories of the time attempted religious themes, and still fewer did this with Catholicism; an exception was Walter M. Miller, Jr.’s Hugo Award-winning post-apocalyptic science fiction novel A Canticle for Leibowitz.)”
        I must have read both of these three times each, as each reading gave me a new insight. A_Canticle_for_Leibowitz, 1960, came out in my final year of HS, and it too was a sensation akin to a ‘A Case of Conscience’ amongst readers of a philosophic and/or religious bent.
        I’ve written here about these at least once each; they endure because the moral problems they confront –as in the Tower of Babel– will never leave us mere mortals.

      • Perhaps God saw people being subjugated vs. united?

  4. I went back to check Genesis 11 just now, thinking “surely the Bible says exactly this, doesn’t it?” But no, it mentions only the breaking up of the common language and the scattering about the earth. I have to thank God for giving this understanding to me independently.
    When you think about it, never until the past half-century or so have Globalism and multiculturalism been seen, arriving right when the West entered its post-Christian stage. By the time Christians might have been expected to recognize this return-to-Babel movement and start preaching against it, the pews were empty, or filled with people who tolerated only pleasantries from the pulpit.
    I think it’s time I started bringing this up at Bible study, just to see what happens….

  5. The current location of the 2017 Tower Of Babel is;
    760 United Nations Plaza, Manhattan, New York City

  6. How very interesting. I love all these discoveries.
    I recently watch a program about the hanging gardens. A British woman had compelling evidence that she has found them in Iraq.

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  8. God was clearly displeased at the subjugation of all peoples toward the edict of the “collective” who sought to challenge the heavens. It made perfect sense to split humanity into tribes where groupings became established through natural predilection vs. artificial edicts.
    Nothing has changed. From birth, each individual creation naturally gravitates to his/her own kind. Today’s artificial edict to create “multicultural” societies is doomed, as history has repeatedly demonstrated throughout time.

  9. In response to filia, what does it mean “his or her own kind”? It means the species to which you reproductively belong. All humanity is one “kind”. God is no respecter of persons, and all humans are his children. “Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married, for he had married a Cushite woman” (Num. 12:1). And God smote Miriam with leprosy for reviling against Moses’ black wife (Cushites are from southern Ethiopia, and known for their black skin).
    The notion that God wants his children separate is inconsistent with the Bible (Acts 10:34-35). The reason God confounded the language was to prevent Satan from using the children of God to build the tower so he could re-enter heaven and usurp God’s throne (Isaiah 14:12-14). This is my opinion, not a prophetic declaration since I’m no prophet, but it is what my reading of the Bible has led me to conclude.


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