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Babel
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Babel, Tower of, Critical Issues
Babel, Tower of, Critical Issues Examines hypotheses for the origin, date, and composition of the Tower of Babel story (Gen 11:1–9).
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Babel (Place)
BABEL (PLACE) [Heb bābel (בָּבֶל)]. The name given to a city in the plain of Shinar whose completion was thwarted by Yahweh’s intervention (Gen 11:1–9). Conventionally known as the “Tower of Babel” story, Gen 11:1–9 is actually about a city that features a tower (Heb migdāl), which was perhaps a fortress
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Babel
Babel. Translation of a Hebrew word in Genesis 10:10 and 11:9. Elsewhere it is translated “Babylonia” or “Babylon” (2 Kgs 17:24, etc.). The rendering Babel in the Genesis passages is intended to relate the name to the early cultural setting reflected by Genesis 11:1–9, especially to the attempt to build
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Babel
BABEL Translation of a Hebrew word in Genesis 10:10 and 11:9. Elsewhere it is translated “Babylonia” or “Babylon” (see 2 Kgs 17:24). The rendering “Babel” in the Genesis passages is intended to relate the name to the early cultural setting reflected by Genesis 11:1–9, especially to the attempt to build
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Babel
Babel (bay´buhl), the Hebrew name for Babylon. It was the site of the episode in Gen. 11:1–9, which recounts the origin of separate languages. Once humankind spoke one language, but when people settled in Shinar (understood by most modern scholars as Sumer), they purposed to make bricks and building
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Babel
BABEL (Heb. Bāḇel, ‘gate of god’; also *Babylon).The name of one of the chief cities founded by Nimrod in the land of Shinar (Sumer), ancient Babylonia. It is named with Erech and Accad (Gn. 10:10) and according to Babylonian tradition was founded by the god Marduk and destroyed by Sargon c. 2350 bc
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Babel
Babel (Heb. bāḇel), TOWER OFA “city and a tower” at the center of a clash of divine and human wills portrayed in Gen. 11:1–9. Babel (Gen. 11:9) means “gate of God” (Akk. bab-ilu). The biblical writer, however, opts for a play on the sound of the word and explains the name by using the Hebrew verb
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Babel
Ba´bel (confusion), Bab´ylon (Greek form of Babel), is properly the capital city of the country which is called in Genesis Shinar, and in the later books Chaldea, or the land of the Chaldeans. The first rise of the Chaldean power was in the region close upon the Persian Gulf; thence the nation spread
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Babel
BabelBabel (baʹbuhl), the Hebrew name for Babylon. It was the site of the episode in Gen. 11:1–9, which recounts the origin of separate languages. Once humankind spoke one language, but when people settled in Shinar (understood by most modern scholars as Sumer), they purposed to make bricks and building
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BABEL, BABYLON (2)
BABEL, BABYLON (2)בָּבֶל‎ [babhel]; Assyro-Bab Bab-ili, Bab-ilani, “gate of god,” or “of the gods,” rendered in Sumerian as Ka-dingira, “gate of god,” regarded as a folk-etymology):See BABEL, TOWER OF,.
BABEL; BABYLON (1)
BABEL; BABYLON (1)<ba’-bel>, <bab’-i-lon> (Topographical): Babylon was the Greek name of the city written in the cuneiform script of the Babylonians, bab-ili, which means in Semitic, “the gate of god.” The Hebrews called the country, as well as the city, Babhel. This name they considered came from
The Westminster Bible Dictionary
Babel
Baʹbel [confusion]. The Tower of Babel was the name of a structure erected in the plain of Shinar by the descendants of Noah, to serve as a national rallying-point and as a barrier against their dispersion (Gen. 11:1–9). The builders of this tower proposed to form a mighty empire whose centre and metropolis
Key passages
Ge 10:8–10

And Cush fathered Nimrod. He was the first on earth to be a mighty warrior. He was a mighty hunter before Yahweh. Therefore it was said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before Yahweh.” Now, the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.

Ge 11:1–9

Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. And as people migrated from the east they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said to each other, “Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone …

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