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- proper n. A tower erected at Babel by the descendants of Noah's son Ham to reach the sky, and whose completion God thwarted by making the workers speak different languages so that they were unable to understand one another.
- n. A visionary and impractical plan.
- n. Alternative spelling of tower of Babel.
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- n. (Genesis 11:1-11) a tower built by Noah's descendants (probably in Babylon) who intended it to reach up to heaven; God foiled them by confusing their language so they could no longer understand one another
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Knowing his proclivity for following energy flows the way normal tourists might follow the sun, I asked him if he might offer TomDispatch readers periodic "postcards" from the energy heartlands of the planet and what he calls the Tower of Babel of "nations, mercenary peoples, terrorists, dictatorships, tribes, nomad mafias, and religious outfits" that are in conflict upon them.
The Tower of Babel was a cruel joke ……………….funny though.
Implicit in the story of the Tower of Babel is the story of Pentecost . . .
Vico confronted a problem about understanding the human past that is perennial and that is certainly not confined to Christian believers, even if the story of the Fall and of the Tower of Babel is the most striking dramatization of the problem.
When they are excited -- and in the bull-ring they are always wild with excitement -- they wax very noisy indeed, and, as they all talk, and no one listens to what any one else is saying, the green sward, on which the combat is to take place, speedily becomes a pandemonium, compared with which the Tower of Babel was a quiet corner in Sleepy Hollow.
The Greeks had a story about the Aloidæ who piled mountain upon mountain; the Bible story of the Tower of Babel is the same, where the masons called, "More mort," and those below sent up bricks.
Babel — a double piece of folly, for in the first place there are no such remains, and in the second, the Tower of Babel was a post-diluvian building.
Because there is no archaeological evidence of buildings from antediluvian civilizations, the Tower of Babel was the first major monument ever built of which any evidence might remain.
The final design solution would be referred to as the Tower of Babel, referencing the form of the biblical ziggurat, drawing inspiration from the energy of the constructivist movement and synthesizing the innovation of the Russian Avante Guard with the advancements of contemporary design.
Caption: The legend of the biblical story of the Tower of Babel is the inspiration for this sculpture.