Marten van Valckenborch [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Marten van Valckenborch [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

Evidence of the Tower of Babel has been discovered.
A stone tablet has been discovered bearing what is believed to be the image of the Biblical Tower of Babel. At a time when belief in the Bible is dwindling, this discovery has the potential to garner a win, however minor, for those who take the Bible literally.

The discovery has been pointed out in the new Smithsonian Channel series, Secrets, based on a study by Dr. Andrew George, historian expert in Babylonian history. Dr. George firmly believes that the tablet, which was discovered a century ago but was not studied so far, is a true representation of the Biblical story.

The tablet has an engraved image of a stepped Babylonian tower known as a ‘ziggurat.’ The tablet also contains the image of a man bearing a staff. The inscription reads the “Tower of Temple of Babylon”. Further, the inscription describes the extent of the ziggurat, saying that it extends from the “Upper Sea” to the “Lower Sea” or what is now known as the Persian Gulf. Dr. George adds that the inscription says people from “far-flung lands and teeming people of the habitations” have come together to construct the ziggurat. For the archaeologist, this is a sure sign that the tower is the same as is mentioned in the book of Genesis of the Bible.

The book of Genesis has a story where the growing population of people lived together centered at one spot on the earth instead of spreading out. These people spoke one language and were one race, and wanted to build a tower so that they could reach the gods in heaven. However, God foiled their plans by confusing their tongues, thus creating diverse races, each of which then spread out to different parts of the world. The tower is said to have later been rebuilt by King Nebuchadnezzar II who turned the place, Babylon, into the capital of his empire.

Despite his discovery, Dr. George insists that he is not a religious person and adds that there is no reason why Biblical accounts should not be based on true facts. In fact, he says that in his research, he has often come across instances when Biblical accounts have been precisely corroborated by his field.

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