It is rare when so few lines of text from Genesis can sound so ridiculous:
And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven…And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
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. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.
So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth…
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The context of this story only makes sense if one’s world view includes a dome that is reachable by a tall enough tower… not if you understand that NO TOWER can even pierce the atmosphere, let alone attain “the heavens”.
From start to finish there’s just not much sense to this story for those who have reliable information about the planet earth:
a) a reasonable motivation for building a tower is not to “reach heaven”.
b) a reasonable objection to the tower cannot include the fear that they might “reach heaven”…
c) nor does it make any sense to confuse the language of the builders… because all that does is MULTIPLY the number of nations that will build towers.
Like the story of the tree of life …
Like the story of the ark and the flood…
The story of the confusion of languages is a story first formulated by Sumerians… and then co-opted by Jewish scribes to fill out the traditions and back-story of the Hebrew nation.