> Hi Ori
HI, and thanks for the thoughtful reply.
> Now no one should be so presumptuous to know it all ..ought they?
I assume you're talking about the Tower of Babel, and I agree with you (sorry for deviating from the flood myth; I realize I have an awkward tendency to merge discussion topics when they seem related).
However, the builders of the Tower didn't say they knew it all or that there was nothing they couldn't do; they only said they wanted to make a name for themselves by building a tower. So the only thing they might have been presumptuous about was their ability to build a Tower. But we don't really know if that's really a presumption since the Bible doesn't say it's their first Tower. Meanwhile, if they really were not able to build the Tower, then they would have failed on their own merit without requiring God to lift an intervening almighty finger, and that might very well have been a good lesson for us to learn about the limits of mankind. But what lesson do we learn when God interferes before mankind even gets started on that Tower?
> There is so many accounts of multiple catastrophes
> effecting planet earth that there can be NO DOUBT
> water inundation happened (likely many times in
> many places) in the past.
I agree it's very likely that mankind has experienced many catastrophic floods. I also agree that mankind has experienced many other catastrophes including volcanos, earthquakes, ice ages, astronomical collisions, pestilence, self-destruction, as yet unknown forces, and anything else Nature can throw at us. I also believe that it's highly likely that most of these catastrophes go back farther in time than anything that has survived today in any ancient written language. Why the flood catastrophe seems to be the most widespread throughout ancient Earth is anyone's guess, but there's no reason at all to interpret it literally, especially since there are so many variations and contradictions between those variations.
> I think the subject is to attempt to explore and
> reconstruct the remnant of knowledge to point that
> the Mesopotamian account preceedes the Hebrew
> version, is virtually a badly transcribed copy...
> but likely there is even earlier orally
> transmitted "experiences" of such events.
How can any of us ever know, when all we can do is think?
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 06-May-16 22:50 by Origyptian.