Issues of Historiography Concerning the Tower of Babel
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SubjectBabel, Tower of
The historicity of the Tower of Babel (Gen 11:1–9) has raised considerable debate among Old Testament scholars. Several scholars believe that there are some reasonable arguments to support the possibility of its historicity, as related in Genesis 11:1–9, while some other scholars disagree. This thesis starts with the assumption that the narrative of the Tower of Babel happened in the context of the time of Noah and his three generations of descendants. With that assumption, this thesis tried to analyze the possibility of the argument of the historicity of the Tower of Babel based on the archaeological discoveries, ancient sources, and the biblical argument, in particular, the toledot argument.