The Biblical Account

The biblical account of the building of the tower of Babel and the scattering of man into different nations only takes up a handful of verse - they are as follows;

-- Click To Expand/Collapse Bible Verses -- Gen ch11:v1-9
Gen 11:1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
Gen 11:2 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.
Gen 11:3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.
Gen 11:4 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.
Gen 11:5 And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
Gen 11:6 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.
Gen 11:7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
Gen 11:8 So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
Gen 11:9 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. (KJV)

There are many ways to read this passage; It is suggested that the flood in Noah's lifetime was caused by interactions and close flyby's of the planets with Earth; whether Venus or Mars, that the catastrophe of the flood was planet-wide and could only have been caused on a large scale by a cause such as a close flyby of Mars etc. Then the tower is consequently built as an astronomical platform for an observatory - to study the paths of the planets in order to predict any similar future event.

It is also suggested that this was the very first "world government" and all of man was united in a common form of organisation, essentially communism. This era is sometimes in myth called the "golden age" and it is cited as the source of many new-age ideas and religions - being the source of the religion of Tammuz, Ishtar and what essentially is worship of the solar system and man's desire to perfect himself his own way.

In any case the city's builders sought to make themselves a "name" that they should go down in history and that this city would be a single state-city made for and of all; so that men would in effect be united and dwell safely without having to shift dwellings following flocks and drinking water. In view also is that men were united in a common cause, being of one brotherhood - whether or not we consider them as all of the same "family" as descended from Noah. They approved of each other and obviously saw themselves more powerful united than as dwelling apart from each other. We see the formation of what is effectively the first example of collectivism and of the first government.

God decided to scatter the people, which does seem a little strange, as the reasons given would appear to make the worlds first government an illegality in God's eyes - and that seems highly odd. Alternatively God seems opposed to progress and scientific understanding and what was in effect the construction of the world's first university. Also very odd; for God to be against man's own progress when it comes to learning and the benefits that knowledge indeed brings.

Not in the text is any reference to the religion of tammuz, ishtar etc; whom as idols are conspicuously absent: Perhaps God intervened to put an early stop to the creation of man-made gods. - Perhaps - One could wonder what "name" the men were seeking to make for themselves, a name for one people under one system of astronomical deities? The tammuzites?

Whatever the cause of God's action the language of the people is confounded so they can not understand each other, and they scatter - a natural reaction of mutual distrust: perhaps their city state was not such a commonly held desire after all, for them to have spread out so rapidly. God in His wisdom seems to have revealed their deep-seated mistrust of each other and shown them that "commonism" or a unified state is not a bond of family, and far from one of brotherhood.

The tower does not get finished, the people are indeed scattered and we see the formation of different tribes and eventually different nations in the following list of generations until Abram.

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