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originally posted by: queenofswords
Part of the key to understanding this account is in verse 3: And they said one to another, Come, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and bitumen had they for mortar."
The esoteric meaning laying the groundwork for understanding the rest of the account of the Tower of Babel is in the symbolic meaning of brick and bitumen as opposed to stone and mortar.
The use of asphalt/bitumen for waterproofing and as an adhesive dates at least to the fifth millennium BC in the early Indus valley sites like Mehrgarh, where it was used to line the baskets in which crops were gathered.
In the ancient Middle East, the Sumerians used natural asphalt/bitumen deposits for mortar between bricks and stones, to cement parts of carvings, such as eyes, into place, for ship caulking, and for waterproofing. The Greek historian Herodotus said hot asphalt/bitumen was used as mortar in the walls of Babylon.
originally posted by: areyousirius360
The story suggests that a united earth is capable of challenging YHWH and was getting close. When I read Isaiah, and I know most people will disagree, I get the sense that it is talking about this, or Nebuchadnezzar Deifying himself. I heard about a theory some people think, that Isaiah is pre-mosaic because it never mentioned Moses. Don't quote me it's just a theory I heard.
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.
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.