of Babel (ancient Bablylon)
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The Tower of Babel
stood for mankind attempting to
with God. The people attempted to build a
temple into heaven. God did not like the direction
He saw man headed
in, so He made them
speak in different
led to a dispersion
of mankind across the
Earth. The "tower
of Babel" is only mentioned once in Scripture:
- (Genesis 11:4,5),
and then as incomplete. It
was built of bricks,
and the "slime" used for mortar
was probably bitumen. Many
the the building was destroyed soon after
its erection. Even after the Tower had been
crumbling for many years, the Greek
historian Herodotus visited it and was very
impressed. Herodotus was a Greek Historian who
lived between 484 - c.424 BC.
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Herodotus wrote in
"It has a
solid central tower, one furlong square, with a
second erected on top of it and then a third, and
so on up to eight. All eight towers can be climbed
by a spiral way running around the outside, and
about halfway up there are seats for those who
make the journey to rest on."
Read what Herodotus
wrote about his Babylon visit
Tower of Babel-Ancient Babylon Ruins
Modern day Tower of Babel ruins (on the outskirts of ancient
Babylon-current day Iraq) are currently 150 feet above the plain
with a circumference of 2300 feet. "The Greeks used the word
Borsippa, which means Tongue-tower." 1
Inscription of King Nebuchadnezzar on Tower of Babel (Borsippa)
I have completed its magnificence with silver, gold, other
metals, stone, enameled bricks, fir and pine.
The first which is the house of the earth’s base,
the most ancient monument of Babylon;
I built and finished it.
I have highly exalted its head with bricks covered with copper.
We say for the other, that is, this edifice, the house of the seven
lights of the earth, the most ancient monument of Borsippa.
A former king built it, (they reckon 42 ages) but he did not
complete its head.
Since a remote time, people had abandoned it, without
order expressing their words.
Since that time the earthquake and the thunder had dispersed
the sun-dried clay.
The bricks of the casing had been split, and the earth of the
interior had been scattered in heaps. Merodach, the great god,
excited my mind to repair this building.
I did not change the site nor did I take away the foundation.
In a fortunate month, in an auspicious day,
I undertook to build porticoes around the crude brick masses,
and the casing of burnt bricks.
I adapted the circuits, I put the inscription of my name in the
Kitir of the portico.
I set my hand to finish it. And to exalt its head.
As it had been in ancient days, so I exalted its summit.
The Tower of Babel-Ancient Babylon Ruins Inscription inscription
is reported on Page 40 of Grant R. Jeffrey's very excellent
"The Signature of God/The
Handwriting of God
In addition, Mr. William Loftus translated this
inscription in his book, "Travels and
Chaldea and Sinai (London: James Nisbet, 1857),
Tower of Babel-Genesis
1. Now the whole world had one language and a common
speech. 2 As men moved eastward, they found a plain in
Shinar and settled there.
3. They said to each other, "Come, let's make bricks
and bake them thoroughly." They used brick instead of
stone, and tar for mortar. 4. Then they said, "Come,
let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to
the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and
not be scattered over the face of the whole earth."
5. But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower
that the men were building. 6. 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. 7. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so
they will not understand each other."
8. So the Lord scattered them from there over all the
earth, and they stopped building the city. 9. That is why
it was called Babel--because the Lord confused the language
of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over
the face of the whole earth.
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