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For today’s post we will tackle the question the Skeptic Annotated Bible asked: How many languages were there before the Tower of Babel was built?

Here are the answers which the skeptic believes indicate a Bible contradiction:

There was only one language.

Now all the earth used the same language and the same words.” (Genesis 11:1)

6 And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they have started to do, and now nothing which they plan to do will be impossible for them. 7 Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not understand one another’s speech.” 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth; and they stopped building the city. 9 Therefore it was named Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth.” (Genesis 11:6-9)

There were many languages.

From these the people of the coastlands of the nations were separated into their lands, every one according to his language, according to their families, into their nations.” (Genesis 10:5)

These are the sons of Ham, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, and by their nations.” (Genesis 10:20)

These are the sons of Shem, according to their families, according to their languages, by their lands, and according to their nations.” (Genesis 10:31)

(All Scriptural quotation comes from the New American Standard Bible)

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