How would you like a book that addresses parts of the Bible that you have always found difficult to get anything out if? How about, for example, genealogies? How about questions on the races and languages of our world and how exactly the Tower of Babel episode really played out and shaped the world we know today? Then you might really enjoy The Tower of Babel by Bodie Hodge and published by Master Books.
I'll confess some of the material may be too narrow in its appeal your taste. Discussing how to pronounce "Babel" may not be a question you have had a burning desire to have answered, but I assure your other parts like chapter 13 entitled " What about Extra-Biblical Tables of Nations and Genealogies That Go Back to Noah?" are riveting. Finding the names of the Biblical genealogy is exciting. I didn't that discussion to believe myself, but that doesn't mean I don't enjoy reading it.
Mr. Hodge is good at seeing what is really at stake. The authority of God's Word is, as always, the heart of the issue for these type discussions. When he shares what might at best be esoteric knowledge at least he confesses when he is speculating and he faithfully brings us back to core issues.
He may at times revisit subjects that we thought we had a handle on, like the division of the continents being in Peleg's day or the dating of the Book of Job, but whether you agree with him or not, you will be given substantial food for thought. There may also be places that are too detailed, like an in-depth analysis of the genealogy as it relates to today, but it still makes a wonderful reference to pull off the shelf. Too bad there isn't an index.
The last chapter is short but ends where it should: Christ. In other words how does this fit in the big picture? How does it fit in me? Put this down as a fun read.
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I knew the genealogies were in the Bible for a reason but I never understood just how important they really are. No wonder they call it the Table of Nations, because it is! After Babel the people split up and some founded well-known nations (Greece, Assyria, etc.).
Bodie Hodge did a great job doing research for "Tower of Babel". He also uses the Bible as the foundation which is great! Learning about where people went and the languages that ended up coming from those areas was really neat. It was also really interesting to learn about how some of the mythological beings were actually based on real people (whose lives were a bit embellished through the years).
Fairly easy to read but Chapter 17 is long. "Nerdy" but not to the point of the average person not understanding it.
Disclaimer: I received this book for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. No other compensation was received. All opinions are my own.
As I read I felt as if I were myself digging in the desert to uncover the truth of ancient history. I learned why the biblical account is clearly the source of all the other accounts found in other cultures. I already knew this was true, but now I'm equipped with the reasons why it is true beyond simply my understanding of the truth of Scripture. Now I can answer the questions of unbelievers who care nothing about the Bible in an informed way.
I had two favorite parts as I studied. One was learning of how the names in various cultures related back to Noah and his sons. Even accounts of the flood in China have similar names. The other was learning how people would have been able to disperse more quickly than I was taught. When you have been taught history from a millions-of-years-old perspective these thing are taught very differently.
The Tower of Babel: The Cultural History of Our Ancestors reveals our shared ancestry as never before! Many are familiar with the Biblical account of Babel, but after the dispersal, there was a void beyond Biblical history until empires like Rome and Greece arose. Now, discover the truth of these people groups and their civilizations that spread across the earth and trace their roots back to Babel as well as to the sons and grandsons of Noah.
Many of today's scholars write off what occurred at the Tower of Babel as mythology and deny that it was a historical event. Beginning with the Biblical accounts, author Bodie Hodge researched ancient texts, critical clues, and rare historic records to help solve the mystery of what became of the failed builders of Babel. For the purpose of defending the Bible, Hodge presents these and other vital historical facts surrounding this much-debated event. Teens and older can use this layman's reference for Biblical classes, ancient history, apologetics training, and to realize their own cultural connection to the Bible.
A speaker and researcher for Answers in Genesis, Bodie Hodge is known for his contribution to and authoring of other Christian apologetics titles including:
Fall of Satan
Answers Books Series
How Do We Know the Bible is True Vol 1 & 2
Demolishing Supposed Bible Contradictions Series
About the Author:
Mr. Bodie Hodge attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and received a B.S. and M.S. in mechanical engineering. His specialty was a subset of mechanical engineering based in advanced materials processing, particularly starting powders. Currently, Bodie is a speaker, writer, and researcher for Answers in Genesis-USA. He is the author of The Fall of Satan and co-author of Dragons: Legends & Lore of Dinosaurs.
I was not aware until reading this book that there are many people out there that either don't believe the Tower of Babel existed or they believe that it is just an example or metaphor that is alive and well in today's culture. I believe whatever the Bible states so to me existed and I believe that it shows what God did to some that were trying real hard to work against Him. The author in this book has provided an in depth study of the Tower of Babel study and I found it to be quite interesting. He begins with racism and how any good and Bible believing Christian should completely stand against it. Which I have always explained to my children when questioned as to why there are different races or where did everyone come from? We would go to the Bible and discuss this story.
If you are like most of us and have decided to read the Bible from cover to cover or even just read the sections that contain the genealogies. You would probably just sweetly and indiscreetly skip over those. After all that is ALOT of begetting, but I digress. Well in this book the author takes you through them and helps you to understand them better. Not only will the tracings reveal the founders of some of the earliest civilizations known to history. But you may also locate and find your own families heritage.
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