As mentioned in the Old Testament (Genesis: 11) the story about The Tower Of Babel is the most fascinating stories. It is about the effort of man to build a Tower to the heavens and then the anger and wrath of God for this kind of arrogance and the punishment which was imposed on man for such an audacity.
In the year 440 B.C, Herodotus wrote vividly about the Tower – “It has a solid central tower, one furlong square, with a second erected on top of it and then a third, and so on up to eight. All eight towers can be climbed by a spiral way running around the outside, and about halfway up there are seats for those who make the journey to rest on.”
Description Of The Tower
Alexander The Great, tried to rebuild this tower when he found in completely ruined. More than 10000 people were involved in clearing the rubble but in 322 BC when Alexander died, the work was stopped. Herodotus, the famous history came forward to an eye-witness account which described the tower.
“In the midst of the temple a solid tower was constructed, one stadium (about 200 yards) in length and one stadium in width. Upon this tower stood another, and again upon this another, and so on, making eight towers in all, one upon another. All eight towers can be climbed by means of a spiral staircase, which runs around the outside. About halfway up there are seats where those who make the ascent can sit and rest. In the topmost tower there is a great temple, and in the temple is a great bed richly appointed, and beside it a golden table. No idol stands there. No one spends the night there save a woman of that country, designated by the god himself. The priests told me that the god descended some times to the temple and joined her … but I cannot believe this.” Such a wonderful description proves that the tower actually existed and it was indeed grand.
It is said that man faced the wrath of God because this Tower of Babel stood on behalf of mankind as if it is attempting to be equal to God. Man attempted to build a temple to Heaven and God definitely did not like this. God was not happy with the direction man was heading to and hence he tried to make man speak different languages. Speaking in different languages resulted in dispersion of mankind throughout the Earth and this was a big punishment for the sin committed.
The moral of this story is very simple. Man should keep his place and should never challenge the creator. The story has been interpreted through centuries and people learnt different lessons from it. The story is full of color, excitement and a moral for all.
The moral is simple and easy – well written as
“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heavens; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and fro thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of the earth.”
The Tower had a splendid history as long as it was there. Even Today, archeologists are awed by the charm and brilliance of the towers which existed during the ancient times.