Babel and the Bible

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Published on December 15, 2008

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Babel and the Bible: the Languages of God and Man : Babel and the Bible: the Languages of God and Man Christadelphian Presentation The Wonderful World of Language : The Wonderful World of Language Diversity of Sounds and Tones Diversity of Vocabulary Diversity of Structures Diversity of Speakers Language Change Language becomes a fitting symbol of human diversity in its entirety, but also of what is common to humankind. Some Misconceptions : Some Misconceptions Some languages are more primitive Some languages are better Some things can’t be said in some languages Languages are glorified systems of animal communication There is little commonality between the languages of the world What the Bible says about Language : What the Bible says about Language God Speaks! (Genesis 1) What He says is intelligible to man Communication through language is a gift from God and makes him God-like Man has been delegated the authority to name and organise his world Man can communicate with God, but ought to watch what he says! Language Universals : Language Universals Noam Chomsky (‘colourless green ideas sleep furiously’) Language as an innate capacity Generative rules Transformational rules Universals Common vocabulary Transforming Sentences (I) : Transforming Sentences (I) John kicked the dog The dog was kicked by John Transforming Sentences (II) : Transforming Sentences (II) 1. Swap the subect and object (The dog kicked John) 2. Change the verb to a passive form (The dog was kicked John) 3. Insert ‘by’ before the subject (The dog was kicked by John) Language Universals : Language Universals Noam Chomsky (‘colourless green ideas sleep furiously’) Language as an innate capacity Generative rules Transformational rules Universals Common vocabulary Parameters and Universals : Parameters and Universals If nouns make gender distinctions, then so do pronouns If the noun agrees with the verb in gender, then the adjective agrees with the noun If a language is VSO, then the adjective follows the noun Language Universals : Language Universals Noam Chomsky (‘colourless green ideas sleep furiously’) Language as an innate capacity Generative rules Transformational rules Universals Common vocabulary Babel: Man’s Actions : Babel: Man’s Actions Now the whole earth was of one language and one speech … and as men migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. And they said… “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top may reach to heaven, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.” Babel: God’s Response : Babel: God’s Response And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; and nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them. Come, let us go down, and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Babel: the Aftermath : Babel: the Aftermath So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they left off building the city. Therefore its name was called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. (Genesis 11v1-9) So Many Voices… : So Many Voices… Self-help books Relatives or friends Successful people Psychologists or psychiatrists The stars / astrology The media Conscience /An inner feeling Cultural norms Philosophers Gurus A dictator The Uniqueness of the Bible : The Uniqueness of the Bible The Bible’s own claims History and accuracy of transmission Ability to withstand falsification Prophecy and the future Internal evidence (consistency) Explanatory power The Word of God : The Word of God “This is what the Lord says …” “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light unto my path.” “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God.” Unity from Disharmony : Unity from Disharmony At that time I will change the speech of the peoples to a pure language, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord, and serve Him with one accord. (Zephaniah 3v9) Babel and the Bible: the Languages of God and Man : Babel and the Bible: the Languages of God and Man Christadelphian Presentation

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