Sunday, 15 May 2011

The location of the Tower of Babel

This article is intriguing. It is on the location of the Tower of Babel. Anne Habermehl is making an argument for a location north of the traditional site at Babylon in southern Iraq.


She has several reasons for a northern location:
  1. The location of the land of Shinar;
  2. The location of the cities associated with Babel mentioned in Genesis 10: Erech, Accad, and Calneh;
  3. The coastline of the region following the Noachian Deluge and before further sedimentation from the Euphrates and Tigris rivers.
She associates Erech with Tell Aqab, Accad with Tell Brak, and Calneh with Washshukanni located at Tell Fakhariya.


It is an interesting read. The arguments are variably convincing, some better than others. It is gratifying that Habermehl gives due consideration to the biblical data.

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