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Tower of Babel The Biblical explanation for the diversity of languages is found in the story of the Tower of Babel, as told in Genesis 11. After the feat Deluge the descendants of Noah wandered onto the plain of Shinarin in Babylonia (Mesopotamia), and there in their arrogance decided to build a tower high enough to reach Heaven. An angry Jchovah punished their temerity by taking away their common language and giving them different ones, thus confusing and frustrating them since they could no longer understand each other. They subsequently scattered over the face of the earth in separate linguistic and tribal groups that account for the diversity of humanity’s tongues and cultures. They etymology (word origin) of ‘Babel’ is significant: the word Babel or Babylon is linked to both an Assyrian word meaning ‘gate of God’ and a Hebrew root word, ‘balal’, meaning ‘to confuse’. Regardless of the explanation, ancient humans had a need for interpreters and translators form the first days when the different tribal groupings came into contact with each other for the purpose of trade, diplomacy, or conquest. The old Testament of the Bible contains many references to the need for interpreters, for example in Genesis 42:23 when Joseph, governor of Egypt,
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This note was uploaded on 06/12/2011 for the course LENGUAS 131 taught by Professor Mm during the Spring '11 term at UNAM MX.

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