The Tower of Babel

Tower of Babel

The City of Babel as recorded in Genesis 11:1-9 aims to provide explanation for the origin of different Languages. It relays the myth of a great tower constructed by a united humanity of one language in an attempt to reach the heavens. God, seeing this, confounded their speech and scatted them to all corners of the globe. Could the internet be seen as our ‘Babel’?

“1.Now the whole world had one language and a common speech. As people moved eastward, they found a plain in and settled there.
2.They said to each other, “Come, let’s make bricks and bake them thoroughly.” They used brick instead of stone, and tar for mortar.
3 And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.”
4 But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built.
5 And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them.
6 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.”
7 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city.
8 Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth”.
— Genesis 11:4–9
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