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Failed Tower and Fading Family: Life's Fragmentation (Chap. 11)

Thomas L. Brodie

in Genesis as Dialogue

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780195138368
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834037 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195138368.003.0021
Failed Tower and Fading Family: Life's Fragmentation (Chap. 11)

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The two texts in Genesis 11 – the tower of Babel (11:1–9), and the family line from Shem to Terah's death (11:10–32) – are diverse in many ways, but they also share a radical unity: they portray complementary pictures of the faltering of human institutions – the faltering of the towering city, and of the family line. There are connecting features. The fragility and death of human institutions sets the scene for the call of Abraham (Abram).

Keywords: Abraham; Babel; call; genealogy; Genesis 11; human fragility; Shem; Terah

Chapter.  4329 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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