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TOWER OF BABEL

A biblical event symbolizing co-operative pride. Certain people living in the land of Shinar proposed building a town and a tower that would reach to heaven. "Let us make a name for ourselves," they boasted. But Yahweh distrusted their motives. He confused their language so that they could no longer understand each other. Then they scattered over the face of the earth (Genesis 11:1-9).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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