Genesis 11

Tower of Babel

10,800 BCE to 10,000 BCE

These are the generations of Shem: Shem was 100 years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood. The great flood happened around 10,800 BCE

  • Diversification of languages. Lost the universal language.
  • The flood changed the earth’s surface.
  • Lifespan declines after the flood but is still far above 120 years.

Genesis Babel and Atlantis

Translation

[1] And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
[2] And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.
[3] And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them throughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime bitumen had they for morter.
[4] And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
[5] And the LORD Elohim YHWH came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men human builded.

Note: If God (the Lord) was omnipresent, it didn’t need to come down, so it’s more likely this refers to an intermediate. Answer: YHWH


[6] And the LORD Elohim YHWH said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

Note: the second mention of humans speaking one language Atlantis

[7] Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

Note: God is plural here – let us go down


[8] So the LORD Elohim YHWH scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
[9] Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD Elohim YHWH did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD Elohim YHWH scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.


[10] These are the generations of Shem: Shem was 100 years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:


[11] And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
[12] And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:
[13] And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah 403 years, and begat sons and daughters.
[14] And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:
[15] And Salah lived after he begat Eber 403 years, and begat sons and daughters.
[16] And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:
[17] And Eber lived after he begat Peleg 430 years, and begat sons and daughters.
[18] And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:
[19] And Peleg lived after he begat Reu 209 years, and begat sons and daughters.
[20] And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:
[21] And Reu lived after he begat Serug 207 years, and begat sons and daughters.
[22] And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:
[23] And Serug lived after he begat Nahor 200 years, and begat sons and daughters.
[24] And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
[25] And Nahor lived after he begat Terah 119 years, and begat sons and daughters.
[26] And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
[27] Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
[28] And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

Abram and Sarai

[29] And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
[30] But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
[31] And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
[32] And the days of Terah were 205 years: and Terah died in Haran.

The genealogy from Arphaxad to Terah

  1. Arphaxad
  • Age when he became a father: 35 years old (Genesis 11:12)
  • Age at death: 438 years old (Genesis 11:13)
  • Location: Not specified
  1. Shelah
  • Age when he became a father: 30 years old (Genesis 11:14)
  • Age at death: Not specified
  • Location: Not specified
  1. Eber
  • Age when he became a father: 34 years old (Genesis 11:16)
  • Age at death: Not specified
  • Location: Not specified
  1. Peleg
  • Age when he became a father: 30 years old (Genesis 11:18)
  • Age at death: 239 years old (Genesis 11:19)
  • Location: Not specified
  1. Reu
  • Age when he became a father: 32 years old (Genesis 11:20)
  • Age at death: 239 years old (Genesis 11:21)
  • Location: Not specified
  1. Serug
  • Age when he became a father: 30 years old (Genesis 11:22)
  • Age at death: 230 years old (Genesis 11:23)
  • Location: Not specified
  1. Nahor
  • Age when he became a father: 29 years old (Genesis 11:24)
  • Age at death: 148 years old (Genesis 11:25)
  • Location: Nahor settled in the city of Haran (Genesis 11:31).
  1. Terah
  • Age when he became a father: Not specified
  • Age at death: 205 years old (Genesis 11:32)
  • Location: Terah lived in Ur of the Chaldeans and later settled in Haran, where he died (Genesis 11:28, 11:31).

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