One of the most popular myths out of ancient times is that there was a city called Babel and there people built “to the heavens” and in the end were punished, a great common language destroyed, and so much for globalism 101.
Well this morning an interesting note from the Jewish studies group up in Canada that has been applying something called “Self-Defining Hebrew” to fill in the blanks and correct mis-translations that seem to have occurred over time.
Were these mis-translations deliberate? Who knows! But here’s a note from Chris Tyreman who runs www.thechronicleproject.org that lays out the latest findings from the group:
“We just finished rescrubbing the Story of Babel in the book of Genesis using SDH.
Thought it might amuse you as it answers a lot of questions that people have about the story that seem stupid and make Creator look bad.
So here are the things of note that came to light:
1. The Earth did not have just one language, as the verse before the start of Babel points that out, so that contradiction is gone.
2. The discovery of the firing of bricks is here and matches with the time frame found by archeology for the area.
3. There is no Tower of Babel reaching into the heavens. Rather the city would be noted by those in the heavens (off-world in space, not the fluffy cloud place). The word translated “heaven” is actually “locators” in Hebrew. That is the sun, moon and stars that are used for geographical and time “location”, hence space.
4. Creator went down to learn what man had created. That means a) Creator was not omipresent and b) not omniscient.
5. Creator did not change the language.
6. The people left the city of their own accord and Creator moved them around the planet to start new civilizations so that they might impliment their own ideas for a society.
It seems possible these “colonies” of people (moved by Creator) were the baseline civilizations of Asia, Africa, South America, and so on.
Here’s the modern English:
v1 And so existed all the Earth as one voice and (a set of) unified laws.
v2 And there came to be those amid who traveled to the lowlands. And so they come forth being to a plain amid Earth of Shanaeara. And so they distributed at that location.
v3 And so there came to be declaring a head man who began toward being to direct those among (the group) therefore to build bricks. And therefore a way of drying (was created) for drying (them out). And it was discovered it was the (way) for building (the bricks) toward stone. And the (way was) a heating up be toward them, for heating them up.
v4 And so to be declaring the leader, “Therefore (because of this discovery, we shall) build a city to set the standard. And that (city shall be) regarded and be envisioned amid (those) off world. And so (we shall) therefore make it as an example to look to, for (those) scattered over the face of the Earth.
v5 And so to learn, Creator journeyed to join the city and joined the sons of the Adam who were branching off, to regard what they had established.
v6 And so Creator declared , “Look, a unified company, and for all those, one voice And (those things) previously spoken of, the (plans that) came from those, have been accomplished”. And now there did not exist anything to hold them together. All established so to set down a plan to accomplish.
v7 Those among, therefore examined and declined to stay there. Those (among them) murmured, establishing to not exist so to be hearing the head man. They murmured they should be directing.
v8 And so Creator pulled away that group of those, that to locate upon the face of all the Earth. And so was dissipated that continued branch off of (people leaving) the city.
v9 To (make an) impression upon you, that place was called Babel (meaning amid to devote). Thus Creator located those devoted toward (leaving), to bring activity to all the Earth. And that location, those which disbanded, Creator put upon the face of all the earth.”
If you haven’t read the evolving work before, it is really quite interesting. What comes into view is a kind of Galactic Johnny Appleseed tribe who seem to travel the Multiverse, relighting/repairing burned out Suns, positioning Moons for proper tides and such, and then getting on with genetically adopting one of the species to rise above all.
Very interesting work indeed, and worth the time to read an alternative history.
One laugh I got out of talking to Chris this week was the the ancient city of Ur means (SDH) [to illuminate or place of illumination].
And in one of the slyest winks ever, Ur just happens to be pronounced as someone’s last name.
Not sure that fits under the tree, or not. So maybe I should stick with the red suit and beard…
No Humbugs Though
I promised myself several years ago that I would not mention that there is debate (writ large) about the timing of Christmas.
You noticed, I’m sure, that it happens just a few days after the Winter Solstice. And it happens to agglomerate a whole bundle of Druidic, pagan, Wiccan, Teutonic, and other mid-winter festivals.
To put “Christmas” into the context of a massive marketing campaign might be considered a bit Grinch-like, so I vowed again not to mention it this year, except to point to this Wikipedia passage:
“The modern Christmas tree is frequently traced to the symbolism of trees in pre-Christian winter rites, wherein Viking and Saxon worshiped trees. The story of Saint Boniface cutting down Donar’s Oak illustrates the pagan practices in 8th century among the Germans. A later folk version of the story adds the detail that an evergreen tree grew in place of the felled oak, telling them about how its triangular shape reminds humanity of the Trinity and how it points to heaven.
Alternatively, it is identified with the “tree of paradise” of medieval mystery plays that were given on 24 December, the commemoration and name day of Adam and Eve in various countries. In such plays, a tree decorated with apples (to represent the forbidden fruit) and wafers (to represent the Eucharist and redemption) was used as a setting for the play. Like the Christmas crib, the Paradise tree was later placed in homes. The apples were replaced by round objects such as shiny red balls…”
I apologize for discussing anyone’s shiny red balls, but it’s been that cold a week for much of the country.
We anticipate Yule have a jolly old time this weekend.
Write when you get rich or them shiny red things thaw out…