I was chosen as part of the review team for a wonderful book, The Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors by Bodie Hodge. The book is published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishing Group.
More about author Bodie Hodge can be found on his bio page at the New Leaf Press web site.
The book begins with some of the common questions asked, and debates concerning the belief in the literal interpretation of the Book of Genesis, and thus, the story of the Tower of Babel. The author presents these differing viewpoints, and then provides Biblical evidence of the truth. This theme continues throughout the book, as questions are presented and answered, then objections are explained, and then refuted. This apologetic style works well in engaging the reader and keeping interest high throughout the book.
Some of the information I found most interesting :
(Chapter 5) Genesis 10 tells of people having multiple languages, yet Genesis 11 says that people were all of one language. Is this a contradiction, as some claim? Not at all. Genesis 10 gives the end result, and Genesis 11 goes back and tells the story leading up to it.
(Chapter 6) The continental split occurred at the time of the flood (as evidenced by the ark’s landing on the mountains of Ararat, which did not exist prior to the flood) so the division of the earth in the days of Peleg (Genesis 10:25) was a reference to the division of languages, rather than of the land itself.
(Chapter 12) Could all of our languages spoken today possibly come out of the language confusion at Babel? Yes. This is a fascinating chapter that tells just how the root languages of Babel have developed, over time, into all the many languages spoken today. From the approximate 78 languages to come out of Babel, considering time, distance, and intermingling of languages, it is definitely possible to develop our almost 7,000 current languages from then til now.
(Chapter 29) The relevance of understanding this division of languages is to realize that there is One who can bring us all back together. The gospel is our universal language, and our belief in the one true God unites us.
There is so much more fascinating information in this book, that I couldn’t possibly mention it all. I think Mr. Hodge did an excellent job of presenting the information in such a way that it not only informs, but engages the reader by answering many common questions concerning the events of Babel in a clear, understandable way. It further equips the reader with the means to refute those who might disagree with the literal interpretation of these events.
Whether or not the reader is a Biblical history expert, I think the book will definitely hold anyone’s attention. It is not just a list of ancestry, but an interesting, thorough explanation of how the Biblical account of the differentiation of languages and cultures is the only true historical account.
Disclaimer: I was provided a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinions and review. I received no compensation.