The story of the Tower of Babel is more relevant now than ever
Man’s obsession with monuments to his own architectural prowess is nothing new. According to Jewish tradition, it was 3785 years ago that human beings undertook the first such enterprise — an attempt to literally touch the sky in a place known as Babel.
Comprising only nine scriptural verses, the story of the Tower of Babel has fixed itself in our cultural consciousness as a symbol of Man’s unceasing quest to dominate his world.
What often goes unnoticed, however, are the surprising number of textual anomalies which, when properly interpreted, reveal a vision of social and political ideology that is prescient in its contemporary relevance.