The Tower of Babel

According to the Book of Genesis the Tower of Babel was an enormous tower built on the plain of Shinar. The event took place about 130 years  after the great flood, when all still spoke the same language. The story is short so here it all is -

“Genesis 11:1-9: 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. 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. And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 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. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD 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.”

I’m not sure what it was about the tower that motivated God to do such a thing. Sounds like a tall poppy type thing but if anyone knows please comment.

The Babel fish  was a fictitious animal from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, which performs instant translations when placed in one ear.

Instead of looking for a Babel fish try learning Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or Thai. Sign up free and get 2 free trial lessons!

This entry was posted in Language History & News and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

CommentLuv badge