Re: The Origins Solution

From: gordon brown (
Date: Tue Oct 16 2001 - 16:15:54 EDT

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    On Mon, 15 Oct 2001 wrote:

    > according to the vast majority of biblical scholars the Bible does say in Gen
    > 11:1 that everyone on earth (the earth of Gen 10, neither just Mesopotamia
    > nor the the whole planet) all spoke the same language until the Tower of
    > Babel.
    > Am I really to believe that your private interpretation is right and the vast
    > majority of biblical scholars ancient and modern are wrong?

    The Expositor's Bible Commentary is among the minority. Its position is
    that since the Babel account interrupts the list of descendants of Shem
    after the list of Joktan's descendants and then lists Peleg's descendants
    after the Babel account, the people involved in the Babel account were
    just one branch of Shem's descendants.

    > The same question must be asked of your interpretation of the extent of the
    > Flood.

    Although the early church fathers apparently believed that the Flood was
    global, it appears that some of them realized that there were some
    problems associated with this view. Ambrose, for example, in considering
    Genesis 8:1 observed that there is a lot of wind on the ocean, but sea
    level is not dropping. Therefore he decided that the wind (or breath or
    spirit in the Hebrew) referred to the Holy Spirit, a view that perhaps
    noone holds today.

    Gordon Brown
    Department of Mathematics
    University of Colorado
    Boulder, CO 80309-0395

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