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Definition of Babel

Babel

  1. The city and tower in the land of Shinar, where the confusion of languages took place.
  2. Hence: A place or scene of noise and confusion; a confused mixture of sounds, as of voices or languages.

Babel Quotations

The collapse of the Tower of Babel is perhaps the central urban myth. It is certainly the most disquieting. In Babylon, the great city that fascinated and horrified the Biblical writers, people of different races and languages, drawn together in pursuit of wealth, tried for the first time to live together - and failed.
Neil MacGregor

If it had been possible to build the Tower of Babel without climbing it, it would have been permitted.
Franz Kafka

There is no better story in the Old Testament, or perhaps the whole Bible, for depicting the difference between the ladder-defined life and the cross-defined life than that of the Tower of Babel.
Tullian Tchividjian

There are the further difficulties of building a population out of a diversity of races, each at a different stage of cultural evolution, some in need of restraint, many in need of protection; everywhere a bewildering Babel of tongues.
Arthur Keith

The city Babel is the Ham-like man, who builds this city upon the earth; the tower is his self-chosen god, and divine worship. All reason-taught, from the school of this world, are the master-builders of this tower.
Jakob Bohme
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Babel Translations

babel in Dutch is Babel
babel in French is Babel, Babylone
babel in Hungarian is hangzavar
babel in Swedish is villervalla
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