It is interesting to note that in a biblical origin  of the races of humankind, it is indicated:

“And the beginning of  Nimrod’s kingdom was Babel in the land of Shinar (Sumeria)- …  “ Therefore is the same of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth.”

“Babel” is said to be “Nimrod’s kingdom” and that Babel was located in the “land o fShinar” which bible experts identify as being Sumeria.  Babylonia located in Sumeria!  And further that “the Lord confounded the language of all the earth,” in other words another way of saying that human differentiation of the races of humankind occurred in Babylonia as later indicated because a “tower of Bebel” was attempted to be erected by the Babylonians!

However, archaeological excavations indicate that a Tower of Babel did exist in the geographical location of Nineveh.

The writers of Genesis derived ”Babel” from the Hebrew word ”Balal,” meaning ”mixed,” ”confused,” or “confounded.”  This derivation is, however, a false one, for in the Babylonian language, the name of the city is”Bab-ilu” meaning ”Gate of God.”

From this is derived the Hebrew ”Babel” and the Greek ”Babylon.”

“There was as it happens, a “Tower” in “Babel”; Indeed, there were towers in most Sumerian and Babylonian cities.  The temples to the gods took the form of stepped pyramids which were ascended by inclined planes about the outsideThese were called ziggurats.”

Archaeological evidence indicates that it was the Sumerians who had begun a large ziggurat in Babylon that was left unfinished.

A large ziggurat in Babylon was begun by a Sumerian king and was left unfinished perhaps as a result of the disorders involved in the southward march of Sargon of AgadeFor many centuries, the ziggurat remained incomplete and perhaps gained fame because of its shortcomings (as does “The Leaning Tower of Pisa or” Schubert’s “Unfinished Symphony).”

It served as the model, one might assume, for the Biblical tale of the unfinished tower in Babel”  !





About Harold L Carter

Bachelor of Science, Columbia University Masters degree, Ohio State University Undergraduate National Officer, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Eastern Asst Vice President, when a student at Columbia University Profile Photograph: Mom & Me, when I was a graduate student
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