Biblical Paleoarcheology

Babel was a Transition

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article #43 “So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.” -Genesis 11:8 It is tempting to believe that the rebellious construction efforts at Babel came to an abrupt stop when people began speaking many different languages. The Bible only mentions […]

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Children Built Babel

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Article 42 “And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.” Genesis 11:5 (KJV) Every word of the Bible is inspired by God and profitable for doctrine. (2 Timothy 3:16) It is therefore important to ask why God says that the city and tower of Babel […]

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The Divine Right of Kings: dynasty

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Article #41 What in the world is a dynasty and where did the idea come from? Dynasty: “a race or succession of kings of the same line or family, who govern a particular country.” -Webster’s 1828 dictionary The United States of America is the first country to make a major break from the dynastic system, […]

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The Divine Right of Kings: its origin

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Article #40 “And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of […]

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A Tale of Two Cities

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article #39 The cities of Eridu (Babel) and Uruk (Ereck) have a significant place in (1) the Bible, (2) archeology, and (3) cuneiform literature. These are two real cities from ancient history. We will briefly consider them in each of the three contexts just mentioned. (1) Babel and Ereck in the Bible Let’s begin with […]

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The Ubaid Collapse (G7)

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Article #38 Babel is famous for God’s judgment on the city and tower, but was it really a judgment? It was like a slap on the hand compared to the Flood. No one was killed. No property was damaged. People just had a harder time putting together a one-world dictatorship because they suddenly became divided […]

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The Ubaid Growth Period (G6)

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article #37 I would love to call this period “The Rise of Babel”, but not many people, even Christians scholars, recognize this as Babel. That’s such a shame, since we could have a much stronger witness if Christians could agree on what seems like an obvious conclusion. Archeologists gave the awkward Arabic name to this […]

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The Halaf Generation (G5)

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Article #36 Several quality pottery styles took the world by storm. They were named after settlements in the Fertile Crescent, as seen on the map below: Tell Halaf, Tell Hassuna, and Samarra. These three types of pottery were so popular that they were adopted by surrounding localities. The reason why this happened is highly debated, […]

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The Local Pottery Generation (G4)

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Article #35 Some settlements had pottery while others did not. Some had farming while others did not. These may seem like trivial facts to the uninitiated, but they underlie the core arguments for human evolution. Since the time that Robert and Linda Braidwood studied the Amuq Valley in Syria, in the 1930’s, archeologists have been […]

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The Pre-Pottery Generation (G3)

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article 34 According to Genesis 10, seventy names are given of people who founded nations. Only three heads of nations were born in this third generation. Thirty-six patriarchs from the second generation, however, were becoming adults and growing their own families. Added to the 16 first-generation leaders, this makes 55 proud nations on the rise. […]