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The Tower of Babel: An examination of its historical and linguistic claimsKevin Patel
We live in a world full of cultural diversity with different people speaking different languages. Today, there are literally thousands of different languages spoken throughout the world. The origin of languages was an area of interest for ancient civilizations and even today, modern scholars continue to theorize about how languages developed. One of the most famous explanations for the origin of languages is written in the pages of the Hebrew Bible, the account of the Tower of Babel. Other cultures also have their versions to explain the diversity of languages. The purpose of this thesis is to examine the historicity and linguistic claims made by the Tower of Babel account. The historical nature of this account has been challenged in modern scholarship. Moreover, the linguistic claim, made by the Tower of Babel narrative, that at one time there was only one language in the world and from that one language emerged different languages also has been challenged and scrutinized. The paper argues for the historicity of the Tower of Babel and the accuracy of this account's linguistic claims using modern theories of languages, population dynamics, and biblical data.
Philosophy, religion and theology; Language, literature and linguistics; Comparative literature; Religion; Biblical studies; 0321:Biblical studies; 0295:Comparative literature; 0318:Religion
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