Biblical scholars have long debated whether the Tower of Babel really existed. Now, a remarkable stone tablet never before shown on film appears to settle that question.
The first episode of a new series of "secrets" of the Smithsonian channel is drawing attention to an ancient stone tablet that is presented as evidence that the Biblical Tower of Babel actually existed in antiquity, says a note from the Spanish portal ABC .
In the video below, Andrew George, Professor of History of Babylon at the University of London, examines an ancient tablet of the sixth century BC. Found in Babylon more than a century ago, but which had not been studied until now. It represented a staggered structure with seven floors and a human figure with a scepter, which the expert identifies as King Nebuchadnezzar II, the most famous ruler of Mesopotamia and an inscription: "Etemenanki, Ziggurat Babel". That is, the "Tower of the Temple of Babylon".
In his opinion, this tablet, which belongs to the private collection of the Norwegian businessman Martin Schøyen and is shown for the first time in the recording of the Smithsonian, is a solid proof of the existence of the Tower of Babel.
In another inscription on the stone one reads that for the construction of this ziggurat of Babylon, numerous towns of their settlements were mobilized, "" from the upper sea ", that is the Mediterranean," to the smaller sea ", that is the Gulf Persian ».
"The myth of the multitude of tongues comes from the context described in the wake of the multitude of villages enlisted in the construction of the tower," the professor tells Breaking Israel News. "Many languages would be spoken in the play. From there can the idea of the Bible come from the confusion of tongues, "he continues.
"As a asiriologo, I do not deal in the Bible, and I am not a religious person, but in this case, I can say that it is a real building that seems to be the inspiration for the biblical story," admits George in the interview.
The professor recalls that "in the nineteenth century it was discovered that the Assyrian kings mentioned in the Bible were real and were corroborated by the archaeological evidence, making us wonder, in turn, how much more is true in the Bible?"
There is consensus among historians that Nebuchadnezzar II ordered a ziggurat to be built in Babylon after rebuilding the city and converting it into its capital. The site of the tower is located in an area known today as Al Qasr, south of Baghdad.
The ziggurat of Nebuchadnezzar, which archaeologists refer to as Etemenanki, must have had seven floors that reached a height of 91 meters, with a temple of Marduk at its peak.