Chapter 11 of the Book of Genesis in the Old Testament tells the story of the tower of Babel, where the descendents of Noah constructed a high tower, presumably to have a vantage point to see if another flood was coming. According to the chapter, all humans were of one people with one language, and God’s reaction to the tower was to “… confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech,” (Verse 7) and “… scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth,” (Verse 8). Regardless of how it was accomplished, there is no denying that humans succeeded quite well in spreading out upon the face of all the earth and in developing a multitude of languages.
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