5. The Tower of Babel
THE OLD TESTAMENT #5
tl by danluffey
5. The Tower of Babel
1: I've worked so hard.
2: I fought with an indomitable will, bowed to no one,
3: and gained the greatest seat of power that exists on the earth.
1: That's why I wish to built a tower as tall as the sky
2: and reach Heaven.
1: Humans are vermin that crawl about the earth. But who decided they would be that way? God did.
2: God gave birds the power to fly through the sky,
3: but he did not share it with the human race.
1: Why not?
2: Was it not because he fears humans?
3: Humans possess intelligence, and our numbers are ever increasing. Day by day, we grow stronger.
4: We even possess the strength and intelligence necessary to build a tower that pierces the heavens!
1: Up until now, God has monopolized the sky,
2: using its height to look down upon the human race.
3: He didn't want us to rise this high, did he?
5: But look! As of now,
6: I am capable of reaching Heaven!
7: God! The heavens are no longer yours to keep!
1: We can reach Heaven now!
2-3: All hail the King!
SFX: ALL HAIL THE KING!
4: It's time to show him what humans are truly capable of.
1: Help meeee!
3: What happened?
1: What?! Speak clearly so I can understand!
3: What are you...
4: What are you all saying?! I've never heard any of those words before!
5: I can't understand a thing!
1: It was a mistake to give you all the same language. Because you could all understand each other, you falsely assumed that you knew everything, and became arrogant. Now, I have confounded your language.
2: Foolish arrogance will not be forgiven! Remember this!
1: Aaaaah! Aaaaaaahhhh!!
2: And so, humans who had once spoken the same language were forced to speak different languages from that day forward.
3: If the humans hadn't built the Tower of Babel, the symbol of their pride, this would never have happened. This continued for thousands of years...
4: until the present day, where humans remain separated in both language and spirit.
1: About the Tower of Babel
2: The Tower of Babel is often said to be modeled after a temple known as the Ziggurat in ancient Babylonia (where Iraq is now).
3: The Ziggurat was a several hundred-meter monument built by Nebuchadnezzar II, who ruled the Babylonian Empire in 7th century BC.
4: Often, the Tower of Babel is depicted in Western art as a tower that spirals upwards,
5: Like this
6: although the squarish architecture of Mesopotamia is probably closer to what the tower would have been.
7: There's no telling whether or not it actually existed, though...
8: There are many explanations for where the word "Babel" comes from. Some say it's derived from the Hebrew word "balal," which means to jumble, or the Akkadian "bab-ilu," which means Gate of God, or Babylon itself.
9: But the word Babylon is supposed to come from "bab-ilu," so...
1: The Tower of Babel story brings up a lot of interesting points.
2: It'd be so convenient if we all spoke the same language!
3: Why are there so many languages anyway?
4: That's because long, long ago, God got angry ,and....
5: Myths are told to answer these sorts of questions.
6: Modern skyscrapers, which are supposed to be symbols of wealth and prosperity, conjure up images of Babel.
7: In a way, piling up meaningless power and wealth could also be seen as building a Tower of Babel.
8: Technology is necessary to build a high building, and money is necessary to obtain technology, and wealth and ability is necessary to obtain money. But sometimes, tall buildings are built specifically to show off a person's wealth and ability.
9: It's 333 meters tall! Wooooow!
10: Years ago, when everyone caught a glimpse at the blueprints for the Tokyo Tower, lots of people got excited, thinking "Now Japan is finally a first-world country!"
11: But, it's only because we dream of the sky that humans are able to invent new technology.
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