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Please pass along the following to John Larsen, in response to his plea for a Bible-believer to help him understand how he can believe the Bible when Gen. 11 “contradicts” Gen. 10 (around 21m in the video).
I can’t believe I actually have to say this out loud, because it seems almost rude, but he’s made a huge mountain out of a minuscule molehill. Gen. 10 & 11 are complementary, not contradictory. Gen. 10 gives the “Table of Nations” (some of the names are *still* in use! and many can be found anciently — https://answersingenesis.org/tower-of-babel/was-the-dispersion-at-babel-a-real-event/), while Gen. 11 tells about the Tower of Babel and the genealogy between Noah and Abraham. An evidence of the complementary nature of this includes that Gen. 10 lists Peleg as one of Eber’s sons but says no more about him though it gives the names of Eber’s grandsons via his other son; then Gen. 11 says nothing about Eber’s other son, but includes Peleg and his descendants, in the genealogical line between Noah and Abraham.
Kathy it isn’t about a ‘contradiction’, it is about having many languages (Gen. 10) and then having one (Gen. 11). I suppose you are borrowing this red herring/straw man argument from ‘Answers in Genesis’ (because of the link you provided) and as evolutionary biologist that has been reading the creationist BS in AIG for the last 25 years I just have to tell you that EVERYTHING you read there is deceptive, dishonest, and illogical. It actually saddens me to see LDS folks borrowing ideas from these evangelical Cristian scum bags. I guess my question for you is simple: did the confounding of languages at the Tower of Babel happen before or after Gen. 10:5 where they were “divided in their lands; every one after his tongue”? If before please explain how they messed up the order of the chapters in Genesis and provide a plausible and well supported reason why?
Answers in Genesis is an organization run by Ken Ham, the same guy who created that “Noah’s Ark” building in Kentucky.
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