Lesson 16 w/AnswersGenesis Chapters 10:1 - 11:32
We will continue our study of the period immediately after the flood by examining Noah’s descendants and their activities leading up to the incident at the Tower of Babel and the confusion of the languages.
Once again, we will see that the pride of man will spread sin through the post-flood world, resulting in God’s judgment in the form of confusing the languages and forcing man to spread across the earth as He had originally commanded mankind to do.
Read Genesis Chapters 10 and 11, and consider the following:
- In our last lesson, we learned that Ham was the youngest of Noah’s three sons (Gen. 9:24). Who was the oldest? (Genesis 10:21)
- ANSWER: Shem
- How old was Shem when the floods came, and how old was Noah when Shem was born? (Genesis 11:10 and Genesis 7:6)
- ANSWER: Shem was 98 years old when the floods came; thus Noah was 502 when Shem was born.
- Have you ever considered how long ago that the Tower of Babel was constructed? While neither the Tower of Babel nor its ruins have ever been discovered, there is plenty within the Biblical text to indicate approximately during what period of time the Tower would have been built. Read Genesis 11:1-3 and see if you can deduce the approximate time frame of its construction.
- ANSWER: The Biblical text refers to people who knew how to bake or fire brick and use it for construction purposes, including the knowledge regarding using tar for mortar. In addition, we are told taht they were building a city. These factors would indicate that the tower was probably built somewhere between 3,500 and 3,000 BC. I personally lean toward a 3,500 BC date.
- What was the primary source of sin for those living on the Plain of Shinar? (Genesis 11:1-4)
- ANSWER: Pride: the attitude that they could do anything they desired and essentially had no need of God.
- Locate a meaning or definition for the root of the word "babili" and its relation to the name of Babylon for that great city.
- ANSWER: "Babili" meant "the gate of God", and Babylon referred to itself as the "heavenly city". In all that its people did, they sought to put themselves above God; and indeed to replace God’s providence with their own man-made achievements.
- What does the word "glottogony" refer to?
- ANSWER 1: It refers to the acquisition of the human ability to speak, communicate, or have a language. It associates this ability with the evolutionary process during which man evolved from ape, and so did language.
- ANSWER 2: It is interesting to note that Genesis 2:22 tells us that Adam named the animals. From the beginning, man clearly had a language and an ability to communicate.
- What does the word "etymology" refer to?
- ANSWER: It refers to the study of words, and how their form and meaning have changed over time.
- Read Genesis 11:10-24. What do you observe regarding the life expectancy of each succeeding generation following Noah?
- ANSWER: It was in decline, and it dramatically dropped over a relative short couple of hundred years.
- When was Abram born, and how old was he when Hagar gave birth to Ishmael? (Genesis 11:27 and Genesis 16:15-16)
- ANSWER: Historically, the date of Abram’s (Abraham’s) birth was posited to be some time between 2100-2000 BC. However, based on more recent archaeological findings and further study of the texts, current historians estimate the time of his birth to be more likely in the 1800-1700 BC range. The referenced scripture verses tell us that he was 86 years old when Ishmael was born.
- In what modern day country was Abram born?
- ANSWER: He was born in Nasiriyah, Iraq.
In a very short span of time, mankind has progressed from Noah and the flood, through the confusion of the languages at Babel, to the birth of Abram who will become the father of God’s chosen people. In our next lesson, we will be examining Abram’s call, and his reaction to it.
Have a great week everyone, and thanks for studying with us.