The Postmodern Tower of Babel

From their perspective, this left open two equally-explanatory possibilities: either (a) God was sending them a message, to stop building the Tower; or (b), they suddenly suffered a population-wide speech impediment. The story certainly does not compel the selection of (a). In which event, we wonder, how were they supposed to know they were receiving a message from God? That is, in effect, they were being punished – their objectives thwarted, their project discontinued – because of their hubris in undertaking it? If it was God’s intention to deliver them such a message, then there is a significant possibility, revealed by the text itself, that it was not accomplished.1

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