And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth ... 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 ... Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth."
(Genesis 11:4, 6, 9 KJV)
The Tower of Babel did in fact exist: it was a seven-stage ziggurat (stepped pyramid) with a temple to the god Marduk at the top. It was called Etemenanki, or 'the temple of the platform between heaven and earth', and was built in the city of Babylon sometime around 2300 BC, as near as archeologist, Biblical historians, and writings of that period can ascertain. Putting together facts from the ancient writings and the conclusions of these experts, we can start to build a picture of what could have happened.
About 100 years after the Flood, Nimrod (Nimrod was a son of Cush. Read Genesis 10:8) started building a city, which was later called Babylon, to rule over. He was a "mighty hunter" of men and was known as ruthless and wanted to "make a name" for himself. Nimrod set up a god he called Marduk (which was himself) as the city god and started building a ziggurat (the tower of Babel) to reach up to heaven and make man equal to god. It got 6 stories high with no chambers before Our Awesome God intervened.
Our Awesome God was indignant because of Babylon's arrogance and pride and He confused their language so they would not understand each other. God confused the people by splitting them up into seventy different nations and tribes, each with a language of its own, and dispersing them throughout the world (hence the name Babel, meaning "confusion"). Linguists and Bible historians say that this story of confused languages can be found in the literature of over 300 countries. Our Awesome God will not tolerate arrogance and pride in man. Read your Holy Bible in Genesis 11.
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Flo & Bill