Linguistics - God's Perspective -
03-30-2010, 09:24 PM
Before we go any further, please consider that KJV 1611 was written in American. This was God’s choice of language. If you’ve a problem with this, take it up with God.
The Book of Genesis, chapters 6-9, tells how God sends a great flood to destroy the earth because of man's wickedness and because the earth is corrupt. So it is at this point that we start out search for the development of language, because before that, all that was worth saying was, “It’s raining again.” And the ink on old documents has obviously run and smeared everywhere.
After the flood, God divides up the whole earth. Not just the Middle East but everywhere. And this is how He did it:
I quote from Sprengling and Graham, “Barhebraeus’ Scholia on the Old Testament,” pp. 40–41, to Gen 9:22, which I’m sure you have all read.
The Bible then goes on about the other descendants of Noah who populated the known world. (As God knows everything, “The Known World” = everywhere).
Some of them settled in Babylon:
Ge:11:4: And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
Ge:11:5: And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
Ge:11:6: And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.
Ge:11:7: Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
Ge:11:8: So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.
We see that the Tower of Babel was not built for the worship and praise of God, but to the glory of man, to "make a name" for the builders.
And here we have the start of all languages.
Now, consider this. If you were given 3 planks of wood, all painted green and you were told to “Make them different colors” how many colors of paint would you require?... Yes, that’s right, 2. You could leave one green and paint the others red and blue. OK, this means that Jesus spoke American or at least was fluent in it, as God had no reason to inconvenience Him.
Bar Hebraeus (Syrian Christian scholar, 1226-86): “‘And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and showed [it] to his two brothers.’ That is…that Canaan was cursed and not Ham, and with the very curse he became black and the blackness was transmitted to his descendents…. And he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan! A servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”
“The only place you don’t want to hear “Jesus loves you” is in a Mexican prison.”