I have been thinking a lot about the Tower of Babel lately. According to the biblical account, Babel was a city that united humanity, all speaking a
single language and migrating from the east. The people decided their city should have a tower so immense that it would have "its top in the
heavens." However, the Tower of Babel was not built for the worship and praise of God, but was dedicated to the glory of man, with a motive of
making a 'name' for the builders "Then they said, 'Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a
name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.'" - Genesis 11:4. God seeing what the people were
doing, gave each person a different language to confuse them and scattered the people throughout the earth.
The Greek form of the name is from the native Akkadian Bāb-ilim, which means "Gate of the god". This correctly summarizes the religious purpose of
the great temple towers (the ziggurats) of ancient Sumer (Biblical Shinar. The Hebrew version of the name of the city and the tower, Babel, is
attributed in Gen. 11:9 to the verb balal, which means to confuse or confound in Hebrew.
Etemenanki (Sumerian: "temple of the foundation of heaven and earth") was the name of a ziggurat dedicated to Marduk in the city of Babylon.
Nebuchadnezzar wrote that the original tower had been built in antiquity: "A former king built the Temple of the Seven Lights of the Earth, but he
did not complete its head. Since a remote time, people had abandoned it, without order expressing their words. Since that time earthquakes and
lightning had dispersed its sun-dried clay; the bricks of the casing had split, and the earth of the interior had been scattered in heaps." The
Greek historian Herodotus (440 BC) later wrote of this ziggurat, which he called the "Temple of Zeus Belus", giving an account of its vast
Some Kabbalistic mystics provide intriguing and unusual descriptions of the Tower of Babel. According to Menachem Tsioni, an Italian Torah commentator
of 15th century, the Tower was a functional flying craft, empowered by some powerful magic or technology; the device was originally intended for holy
purposes, but was later misused in order to gain control over the whole world. Isaac of Acre wrote that the Tower builders had reached, or at least
planned to reach the distance of 2,360,000,000 parsas or 9-10 billion kilometers above the Earth surface, which is about the radius of the Solar
system. Similar accounts are also found in the writing of Jonathan Eybeschutz and the ancient book Brith Menuchah, according to which the builders of
the Tower planned to equip it with some shield technology ("shielding wings") and powerful weapons. Many Kabbalists believed that the ancient
peoples possessed magic knowledge of the Nephilim, which allowed them to construct such powerful devices. These accounts coincide with some of
Zecharia Sitchin’s speculations and the ufological theories concerning the ancient Indian vimanas. According to another mysterious Kabbalistic
account, one third of the Tower builders were punished by turning into various semi-demonic creatures and banished into three parallel dimensions,
inhabited now by their descendants.
Though not mentioned by name, the Qur’an has a story with similarities to the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel, though set in the Egypt of
Moses. In Suras 28:38 and 40:36-37 Pharaoh asks Haman to build him a clay tower so that he can mount up to heaven and confront the God of Moses.
Another story in Sura 2:102 mentions the name of Babil, but tells of when two angels taught the people of Babylon the tricks of magic and warned them
that magic is a sin and that their teaching them magic is a test of faith.
Ultimately I think it was knowledge and power man sought in his quest to reach God. Why does mankind strive so hard to uncover the mystery of “
Life “ + “ The Universe “ = “ God “ on a material physical level rather than a spiritual one ? So he can conquer and control all aspects
of nature = creation = creator ? This path will always have a negative outcome that will ultimately affect mankind as a collective - cause and effect
[edit on 23-10-2008 by destiny-fate]