Well, this is what she (with some help) came up with.We basically decided to ignore Ken Ham and his timeline where creation happens in 4000 B.C. and just write about the Tower of Babel based on commentaries. I'll keep you posted on how it all goes over on Monday.
In Genesis 11:1-9, we read that God confused the languages of the people building the Tower of Babel because he was not pleased with them. Genesis 11 is important in God's story because it contrasts with the covenant God makes with Abraham in Genesis 12. At Babel the people wanted to make a name for themselves and avoid being scattered. God told Abraham he would make a name for Abraham and he sent him out to bring his blessing into the world.
The story of the Tower of Babel takes place in Mesopotamia. Archaeologists and geologists have found evidence of people moving into the plain between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers at the end of the fourth millennium (before 4000 BC). This period of history involved technological advances in architecture and urbanization. Shinar in Genesis 9:2 refers to Sumer. This civilization built big cities such as Ur, Eridu, Uruk, and Nippur around the early third millennium B.C. In early Sumerian times people did not live in cities, they were basically temple complexes with several ziggurats. (See picture.)
The Sumerians made mud brick and then discovered they could bake the brick and make it waterproof like stone. These waterproof bricks covered the outsides of important buildings like ziggurats which were built to honor deities. Ziggurats are like pyramids but they are filled on the inside with dirt. The main feature is a ramp or stairway that leads up to a little house for the deity. The deity was supposed to come down from heaven and live in the little house where the people gave the deity food, a bed, and clothes. Since the people were taking care of the deity they believed the deity would help them and bless them.
In Genesis 11:1-9 the people want to build a tower so that God will come down and bless them. But God is not pleased with this and he confuses their languages so the project stops and the people scatter.
Most non-Christians and some Christians don’t believe that all languages and cultures literally began at the Tower of Babel.
This story teaches several main points. God does not have needs that people can meet. God will carry out his plan for bringing his presence in his own way and his own time. We can’t manipulate God’s presence or his blessings. We are not supposed to be selfish with God’s blessings, we are supposed to bring them out into the whole world.