Sunday, July 21, 2013

Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors by Bodie Hodge

About the book:  The Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors reveals our shared ancestry as never before! Many are familiar with the Biblical account of Babel, but after the dispersal, there was a void beyond Biblical history until empires like Rome and Greece arose. Now, discover the truth of these people groups and their civilizations that spread across the earth and trace their roots back to Babel as well as to the sons and grandsons of Noah. 

Many of today’s scholars write off what occurred at the Tower of Babel as mythology and deny that it was a historical event. Beginning with the Biblical accounts, author Bodie Hodge researched ancient texts, critical clues, and rare historic records to help solve the mystery of what became of the failed builders of Babel. For the purpose of defending the Bible, Hodge presents these and other vital historical facts surrounding this much-debated event. Teens and older can use this layman’s reference for Biblical classes, ancient history, apologetics training, and to realize their own cultural connection to the Bible.

My thoughts: I believe it is rather obvious that the lay person (I'm one of those "lay persons") can only take at face value what is taught by "authorities" on the subject of civilizations and events in history, especially ancient history. However, Christians do have an authority on which to base how they individually interpret history and that is God's Word, the Bible. But that, too, you see is open to interpretation by various scholars. So looking at the scholarly work of authorities in the field of archeology and Biblical studies, the lay person can begin to form opinions of his/her own regarding the subject of how the languages became confounded, how man migrated throughout the earth, and what the Tower of Babel actually was.

In The Tower of Babel by Bodie Hodge we find a relatively short, yet thorough treatise on man's dispersion, the origins of language varieties, and thoughts on the actual tower's structure.

The Tower of Babel shows that roughly 106 years after the flood and the settling of Noah's family's descendants in the plains of Shinar, the people began to build a tower to reach God. But God, displeased with this action, confounded their language and they set out to separate themselves by language. This led to migrations.

This is not a coffee table book or one that you can peruse lightly and understand. The material is complex and involves Biblical studies as well as an understanding of available history and archeology of the period. I found it interesting and believe it would be a valuable asset for the individual who wishes to pursue the study of the tower of Babel, spread of peoples (nations), and confounding of the languages. This little volume would be an asset to the home, school, or public library.

This is a small, intensely researched book on the Tower of Babel and it has a decidedly Biblical Creationist slant.

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DISCLOSURE: I was provided a complimentary copy by New Leaf Publishing Group for the purpose of review. Opinions expressed are solely my own. No compensation was received for this review.

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