Tower of Babel, Biblical studies, linguistics
The biblical account of the Tower of Babel has generally not been taken seriously by scholars in historical linguistics, but what are regarded by some as problematic aspects of the account may actually relate to claims that have been incorrectly attributed to the account. In fact, the account may not be reporting a sudden· and immediate confusion of languages, or even a sequence in which a confusion of languages led to a scattering of the people. Indeed, a close examination of the account seems to allow an interpretation of events that is compatible with what linguists have observed about [how languages can diversify; though some challenges may still ,remain in reconciling assumptions about the available post-Babel time frame versus the lengthy time frame that linguists have assumed to be necessary for the current diversification of languages.
Original Publication Citation
Oaks, D.D., "The Tower of Babel Account: A Linguistic Consideration," Science, Religion and Culture, Vol. 2, Iss. 2, Pages 42-60
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Oaks, Dallin D., "The Tower of Babel Account: A Linguistic Consideration" (2015). Faculty Publications. 5777.
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