Up until recently, scholars have never been sure whether or not the Tower of Babel actually existed. Now, a new piece of evidence has emerged, revealing that the structure was indeed real.
An ancient stone tablet contains more than just clues
In the ancient city of Babylonia, inside of modern-day Iraq, scholars have long wondered whether the Towel of Babel was real or just a myth. The studies of Dr. Andrew George, professor of Babylonia at SOAS University of London, may have solved this much-debated question.
A stone tablet that dates back to sixth century BC appears to be inscribed with the only true image of the Tower of Babel we’ve ever seen. This is substantial evidence that the tower actually existed. While the tablet was first discovered over 100 years ago, it was privately owned and thus linguists never had the opportunity to study it until now.
The tablet proves the tower existed
After studying the inscription on the tablet, Dr. George was able to confirm that what is written about the tower’s appearance and construction matches with the story told in the Bible. This is perhaps where the famous biblical story originated.
The inscription describes a Mesopotamian-style construction, and the illustration shows that the tower had seven tiers. It also relays that King Nebuchadnezzar II, the most famous ruler in Mesopotamia, was responsible for the tower’s construction.
The translation of the text reveals so much
The text on the tablet reads, “from the Upper Sea, which is the Mediterranean, to the Lower Sea, which is the Persian Gulf, the far-flung lands and the teeming people of the habitations, I mobilized in order to construct this building.”
Without this text, it may have been impossible for Dr. George to identify the tower as The Tower of Babel. It implies that the builders came from everywhere throughout the region. In the biblical story of the tower, it states that multitudes of languages led to the tower’s eventual demise.