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Tower of Babel
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So that's our first thought, we're just going to look at questions in the story of the Tower of Babel, read if for the first time, forget everything else you know about the tower, and ask yourself what would an intelligent person ask upon encountering this story afresh, what would they have to say about it? So that's the area of inquiry number 1.
Area of inquiry number 2 is having found that we're also going to be looking for language parallels. What I mean by language parallels is as you read through the story is there any distinctive language which echoes earlier language? We had seen that there was this continuing on these parallel lines going out, where the story of creation was being mirrored in the stories we've been calling re-creation. What we're really doing now is trying to figure out how far do those mirrors extend? How far can you go reading the story of creation and hearing echoes of it in the story of re-creation? We read through the story of actual creation, six days, we heard echoes of that in the story of Noah. We read through the Sabbath, we heard echoes of that in the story of Noah and the rainbow. We read through the story of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, we heard echoes of that in the story of Noah. Now, as we read the story of the Tower of Babel, will we continue to hear echoes of the original creation story? Where might those echoes take us? What might they suggest? So that's the second inquiry we're going to be looking at, which is language parallels.
Third thing we're going to look at is chiastic elements. We've noticed that at important parts in these stories we've got these chiasms, that seem to signify something. We saw these chiasms in the story of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, we saw them in the story of the Sabbath and the rainbow and in others. As we go through the story of the Tower of Babel, are there any hidden chiastic elements here also?
So we're just going to take it slow, take it one at a time, so first we're just going to read the story kind of plain and look and kind of ask these questions as we look at the story. So what I want to challenge you to do is maybe take a minute or two, look over this text, and as you do ask yourself what's strange about the story? What bothers you about the story? So take a look at that and let's come back and discuss it.
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