King Nebuchadnezzar who reigned over Babylon (c. 605 BC) claimed on a plaque found in the ruins of an ancient tower that he had completed the structure that the first king of Babylon had left unfinished in. because of the confusion of languages. A prolific builder, Nebuchadnezzar accomplished a great deal in reviving the culture and science of his time. It is worth noting that this respected and powerful monarch regarded the events of the Tower of Babel (found in Genesis 11) as history and not as a fairy tale.
The Bible tells us that it is in the land of Shinar, a plain in southern Mesopotamia, that humanity decided to build a city, a tower and make a name for itself in order to avoid them being ” scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth ”. This was in direct opposition to God’s clear command to fill the earth. Everyone spoke a language and used the same words when God came and confused the languages. So the construction was left unfinished and the people were scattered.
If this was a true historical document, there should be clues that would be found in the languages of mankind’s oldest civilizations that began around the same time. Comparing the writing of ancient Egypt and China, nations on opposite ends of the globe, should give us some insight. Hieroglyphics are no longer used, but have been the subject of numerous studies and analyzes. Chinese, meanwhile, is still a living language and has evolved to some extent. But the basic principles of the language have been preserved as well as the records of ancient Chinese characters.
Imagine that you suddenly find yourself in a situation where you are unable to understand the words that are coming out of the mouths of your companions. What are you doing? Maybe you start by drawing pictures of what you are trying to say. An illustration of a man to represent a man, a woman for a woman. Both hieroglyphics and Chinese use images of words called ideograms or pictograms. In fact, many of their pictograms are virtually identical, such as the word for sun or the word for eye. But there is still a problem. While the other person can understand the image, they have no idea what your word for that image looks like. You will need to develop some sort of “alphabet” that would allow them to know how to pronounce the word in your language. Hieroglyphics and Chinese both use phonograms. These are symbols that tell us how words should be pronounced.
As you begin to understand yourself, your vocabulary deepens and you rely on basic words that have already been understood to mean new words. For example, once you both know the tree pictogram, you can use the same tree drawing and combine it with other words to create new words such as forest, cypress, or wood. Hieroglyphics and Chinese both used determinatives to convey the meaning of new words and can also show how the word is to be pronounced.
Coincidence? It may also be by chance that hieroglyphics and Chinese can be written top to bottom and right to left or vice versa. Or that their digital systems are virtually identical? They both have ideograms to express the abstract concept of numbers 1 through 10. Then they both use one symbol to represent tens, another symbol for hundreds, one symbol for thousands, another for tens. thousands, hundreds of thousands, and so on. In fact, if you can read numbers in Chinese, you can easily switch to counting in hieroglyphics! The current use of ideograms, pictograms, phonograms and determinatives is striking. You don’t find that in modern languages. Why was there such a need in ancient times for these somewhat clumsy written contraptions? Could it have been the most expedient means of interlingual communication?
Clues from written language abound. The things we would expect to find after a ‘Confusion of Language’ event are here. Every ancient civilization has very similar stories to those recorded in Genesis, including the story of Babel. It’s interesting how our predecessors seemed to view these documents as historical events rather than the myths and legends we call them today. They were much closer to the event than us. Wouldn’t eyewitness have more credibility than the “expert” who best guesses what might have been? Someone may come up with complicated explanations and complex terms to explain everything I have written. But please keep this in mind. Often the simplest logical path is the closest to the truth.