Museum of Biblical History Staff • 07.08.2015
On July 14 2015, Dr. David Musgrave will be visiting the Museum in order to translate a small clay tablet in our collection which dates to ca. 2,200 B.C. – about a hundred years before Abraham lived (dating that at ca. 2,100 B.C.). Later in the evening, he will be giving a presentation entitled “The Bible and Babylonian Culture: Connections or Coincidences?” In anticipation of what is sure to be a fantastic event, we have made it a point in the past two months to emphasize the importance of the peoples of the first eleven books of Genesis – The ancient Mesopotamians. Unfortunately, this subject seems to have had much less attention than other periods of Biblical history – and arguably for an understandable reason. So far as archaeologists have yet found, there are no historical records in the traditional sense from this area which predate Abraham – thus we cannot compare the Biblical record of Genesis with history as we can with other parts. Because of this – and because of the unpopular nature of the topic, which leaves such claims relatively unchallenged – many scholars have drawn the conclusion that the first eleven chapters of Genesis are mythological in nature. Here at the Museum of Biblical History, we respectfully disagree; taking the position of the plenary inspiration of the Bible (that is, that every passage of the Bible was inspired of God, and thus inerrant). When this challenge is considered, it is easy to see why this area of the Bible needs to be popularized and investigated more!
The Tower of Babel is another example of a passage in the Bible which is consistently questioned, challenged, and even mocked as being entirely fictitious. But what if there’s more to the report than meets the eye?
Is it possible that the Genesis account could be speaking of an actual, historical event? In this concise treatise, we will briefly discuss the cities, the towers, and the records of a linguistic change in prehistory. Although we do not claim that we can yet prove the case for the authenticity of the Biblical account concerning the Tower of Babel; if it can be demonstrated that the event could be independently reconstructed through Sumerian mytho-historical literature and sufficient archaeological evidence can be produced to support it, then it is also the case that the Biblical record of the Tower of Babel is worthy of further investigation as a true historical record. Continue reading