Tower of Babel and Divine Grace Beyond Judgment


The fourth paradigmatic episode in the recurring event of curse in the Primeval History seems at first to lack the element of divine grace. The hubris of the tower builders is punished with dispersion and the story seems to end there. On a closer examination, however, it appears that the merciful grace of Yahweh[1] which persists through all the narratives of the prologue save the last now overcomes the final treason of the nations in their efforts to build a civilization without God. Here Abraham becomes the embodiment of divine grace.[2]

[1] Cf. K. Luke, “The Tower of Babel,” Indian Ecclesiastical Studies, Vol. XI, no. 1, St. Paul Press, Bangalore, (1972), 16-23, 18-21.

[2] Cf. J. Kattackal, “The Call of Abraham and Faith-formation in the Book of Genesis,” BB, Vol. XVI, no. 2,  Bible Bhashyam Trust, Kottayam, (1990), 69-78, 70-71.


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