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in response to reader comment: Robert: The Word Tuz and Barbarian and Babel revisited

Submitted by Robert (United States), Sep 25, 2022 at 08:07

DNB, I think you missed my point. So you continue, "ba, ba, ba."

I was trying to get to speculate on the origin of these apparently anti-Babylonian words.

Even today, in American-English, when one wishes to dismiss the discourse of an adversary as nonsense, one may say, "ba, ba, ba," meaning "meaningless," or "babel." I hypothesize that this reflects the idea that one only hears the foreigner repeatedly using the sound "b."

I was trying to suggest to you that both Ancient Hebrew and Ancient Greek were adversaries of the Babylonian Empire in ancient times and perhaps this the historical origin of the Tower of Babel narrative. In other words, before the Babylonians build their Empire everybody spoke One Language and understood one another. But the arrogance of the people in Babylon building their huge structures going into the sky where heaven is, caused God to make humanity speak different languages and when the Hebrew speakers and Greek speakers listened to Babylonians speak they only heard "babel," or ba, ba, ba" and Babylon itself fell as an Empire in Mesopotamia. And that's why Ancient Hebrews and Greeks would call "foreigners," or "aliens" - meaning non-Hebrew, or non-Greek, speakers, "barbarians" - meaning hearing only "bar-bar."

So also, I'll take everything you say (but write in English) "with a grain of salt" - I was hoping you might be inspired to say something about this English pejorative?

"Do you get it," or are you yourself a Barbarian (I'm joking)?


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