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Babel

Tower of Babel in the Bible

Fishburn and Hughes: "Assyrian word, Bab-ili, meaning 'the gate of the God', the original name of Babylon; cf. Hebrew balal, to 'confuse'. The story of the Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9) seeks to explain the diversity of mankind. Man's presumption in building a tower to reach heaven is frustrated by God, who confounds the language of those who built it, dividing their speech. The story was probably inspired by the pyramidal temple-tower in Babylon." (21)


Borges Index: 
Abenjacán El Bojarí, muerto en su laberinto, El Aleph, OC, 601. Una brújula, El otro, el mismo, OC, 875. Queja de todo criollo, I, 137. Las causas, OP, 552. Lo cacharon en Cacheuta, TR1, 26.