Who is the real architect of language variety, we are told this happened at the Tower of Babel, read more?
I read and or Speak, English, German, Spanish, Italian, Latin, Hebrew, Ancient Egyptian, and speak some Japanese, Vietnamese, French, Greek and Latin. and have studied some of the elements and functions of many others.
Personally I would not say that that I have mastered any language, but I am acquainted with all these languages enough to see that they all seem related, with the exception of Japanese which is an offshoot of Chinese, and seems to arrive from an independent origin.
As for Hebrew and Ancient Egyptian they fall in to the category of Semitic languages.
the others are in the category known as Latin root languages.
When you compare, Egyptian Hieroglyph, Phoenician, Hebrew, Greek, and Latin there is more than a passing resemblance among them. They can be seen to be related easily after looking at them for a while.
Since I doubt God altered the language and rather think men did this, my question is this,
What would be the benefit for God or man of making it difficult for all people to communicate easily with one another?
All are welcome to answer, but be rational if possible, diverse languages are not an accident regardless if they were enacted by God or man.
- Gone fishin'Lv 71 decade agoFavorite Answer
Back in the good old days before planes, trains and cars when travel was minimal, people lived in little isolated pockets on the earth. They developed languages in their pod and maintained them. They really had not contact with others to influence their language.
- Safe SaxLv 51 decade ago
Actually, the diversity of language made it so that people had to write and publish thousands of language translation manuals, English to French, Italian to German, Spanish to Japanese and while everyone was trying to learn how to speak to each other, the religious ones were reading their church books, which, btw, had to be translated into all the languages and that alone created and maintains the lumber industry to this very day and ... wasn't your avatar a drop dead gorgeous guy?
- Bob BLv 71 decade ago
Thy weren't an "accident" per se. It's simple- languages change slowly over time (Middle English, spoken in the Middle Ages, is virtually incomprehensible to a modern speaker).
Now if you have different populations of people, separated by large distances with no easy communication, then their languages will change in different ways- until they have nothing in common at all!
The relatoinships between languages are due to different languages slowly changing from a common ancestor. In fact, historians can track the changes in language in recent history by looking at sources and seeing how the languages change. We can compare documents from the 1300s, 1400s, and so on and watch as the language becomes more and more like our own.
That's probably what happened.
- Anonymous1 decade ago
language, like every other thing on this planet, evolved independently along with the cultures that spoke them. obviously, the more ancient peoples interacted, the more they learned from each other. also, whenever one people conquered another, they often erased the language of the defeated people, as when the spanish swept through the cultures of south america in the sixteenth century which to this day speak the language of the conquerors. the process of evolution can explain almost everything we see and what it hasn't yet, it will eventually.
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- a_measured_brushLv 51 decade ago
Genesis chapter 10 states the general picture, including the opposition to those results. Nimrod was in opposition to Jehovah and wanted mankind to stay in the same area so he could rule over them, and he used violence towards that end.
(Genesis 10:5) 5 From these the population of the isles of the nations was spread about in their lands, each according to its tongue, according to their families, by their nations.
(Genesis 10:32) 32 These were the families of the sons of Noah according to their family descents, by their nations, and from these the nations were spread about in the earth after the deluge.
(Genesis 10:8-10) 8 And Cush became father to Nim′rod. He made the start in becoming a mighty one in the earth. 9 He displayed himself a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah. That is why there is a saying: “Just like Nim′rod a mighty hunter in opposition to Jehovah.” 10 And the beginning of his kingdom came to be Ba′bel and E′rech and Ac′cad and Cal′neh, in the land of Shi′nar.
Genesis chapter 11 is written in parallel to chapter 10, from a different angle. In chapter 11 we see details that was not provided in the general description already given. One thing we see in this chapter are the two "seeds"; the seed of Satan (resister), who resisted Gods' will:
(Genesis 11:4) 4 They now said: “Come on! Let us build ourselves a city and also a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a celebrated name for ourselves, for fear we may be scattered over all the surface of the earth.”
And then this is why Jehovah confused their language.
(Genesis 11:6-7) 6 After that Jehovah said: “Look! They are one people and there is one language for them all, and this is what they start to do. Why, now there is nothing that they may have in mind to do that will be unattainable for them. 7 Come now! Let us go down and there confuse their language that they may not listen to one another’s language.”
Then, beginning in verse 10 we see the situation involving the other seed which came through Shem. The confusion of languages occurred during the life of Peleg.
Also in regard to this Biblical account of the confusion of the original one language of mankind, the archaeologist Sir Henry Rawlinson said that “if we were to be thus guided by the mere intersection of linguistic paths, and independently of all reference to the scriptural record, we should still be led to fix on the plains of Shinar, as the focus from which the various lines had radiated.
- cooky54Lv 51 decade ago
God's Great Reservoirs
Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. Ps. 90:2.
Everything about us teaches us from day to day lessons of our Father's love and of His power, and of His laws that govern nature and that lie at the foundation of all government in heaven and in earth.Source(s): In the Power of Pentecost The Jews had been scattered to almost every nation, and spoke various languages. They had come long distances to Jerusalem, and had temporarily taken up their abode there, to remain through the religious festivals then in progress and to observe their requirements. When assembled, they were of every known tongue. This diversity of languages was a great obstacle to the labors of God's servants in publishing the doctrine of Christ to the uttermost parts of the earth. That God should supply the deficiency of the apostles in a miraculous manner was to the people the most perfect confirmation of the testimony of these witnesses for Christ. The Holy Spirit had done for them that which they could not have accomplished for themselves in a lifetime; they could now spread the truth of the gospel abroad, speaking with accuracy the language of those for whom they were laboring. This miraculous gift was the highest evidence they could present to the world that their commission bore the signet of Heaven. "And there were dwelling at Jerusalem Jews, devout men, out of every nation under heaven. Now when this was noised abroad, the multitude came together, and were confounded, because that every man heard them speak in his own language. And they were all amazed and marvelled, saying one to another, Behold, are not all these which speak Galileans? And how hear we every man in our own tongue, wherein we were born?" The priests and rulers were greatly enraged at this wonderful manifestation, which was reported throughout all Jerusalem and the vicinity, but they dared not give way to their malice, for fear of exposing themselves to the hatred of the people. They had put the Master to death, but here were His servants, unlearned men of Galilee, tracing out the wonderful fulfillment of prophecy and teaching the doctrine of Jesus in all the languages then spoken. They spoke with power of the wonderful works of the Saviour, and unfolded to their hearers the plan of salvation in the mercy and sacrifice of the Son of God. Their words convicted and converted thousands who listened. The traditions and superstitions inculcated by the priests were swept away from their minds and they accepted the pure teachings of the Word of God.
- 1 decade ago
If you doubt the Word of God then I really wonder why you ask this question!
Mankind was a very small group of people at the time of Babel and they were not doing what God told them to do which was to scatter and repopulate the world. They were clustered in one area and attempting to defy God by shaking their fist in His Holy Face!
God changed their language to confound them and cause them to separate which they did and finally did His Almighty Will . !Source(s): The Holy Bible
- Trey JLv 61 decade ago