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The Tower of Babel

A 3D reconstruction of the Tower of Babel.
Contributed by Bible Scenes
Story also available on our translated websites: Spanish, Portuguese
After the great flood the descendants of Noah moved eastward and settled on the plain of Shinar. Nimrod the Hunter was a leader amongst men and a builder of cities, including Babel and Nineveh. He was a great-grandson of Noah but did not live up to the virtues and standards that God had found in Noah. – Slide 1
During the time of Nimrod, the wickedness of the people increased tremendously. God clearly instructed Noah and his sons to ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth.’ (Genesis 9:1,7) – Slide 2
Did Noah’s descendants listen to God? 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; otherwise we will be scattered over the face of the whole earth.’ – Slide 3
These pictures are artistic representations of the Tower of Babel created in 3D software. We do not know what it looked like but we know a later ziggurat built in Babylon to pagan god Marduk was 91m (299ft) high set on a base 91x91m (299x299ft) and is believed to have had 7 tiers. – Slide 4
The descendants of Noah all spoke a single language. They wanted the tower to be a proud monument to themselves and a symbol that would keep them united as a powerful people. – Slide 5
So they made great piles of hard-burned brick, and collected bitumen to use as mortar. – Slide 6
The Bible says God saw this act of rebellion. 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. Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.’ – Slide 7
With this command, some 70 nations of the world are divided. (These nations are listed in the previous chapter of Genesis 10.) So, in that way, God scattered them all over the earth; and that ended the building of the city and the tower. – Slide 8
Babel was the Hebrew name for Babylon which means ‘gate of god’. But It was similar to the Hebrew word ‘balal’ which meant to ‘confound’ or ‘confuse’. <br/>The Bible explains ‘That is why it was called Babel—because there the Lord confused the language of the whole world. From there the Lord scattered them over the face of the whole earth’. (Genesis 11:9). – Slide 9
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