Monday, April 22, 2013

Tower of Babel by Bodie Hodge

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Tower of Babel by Bodie Hodge is a new hybrid volume combining the best of archeological evidence with the bible.  Viewed by many as simply a fable, the author gives credibility to the scientific facts of the tower of Babel as depicted by the book of Genesis in the old testament. Even though at first glance this may appear to be a book on a narrow subject, the author reveals how broad this topic really is.   This encyclopedia-like book covers in detail, the erroneous claims and inconsitencies of anti biblical research in light of archeological, historical and scientific evidence.  This science- history book is comparable to the scholarship and professional research of that of any scholarly text, and I believe libraries and schools should acquire a copy of this text to enable students access to the information that so frequently is omitted from secular and college texts. In one volume, so many pieces of the puzzle are put together- so that the reader no longer is left with disjointed conflicting bits of information.  This is the perfect apologetic book to help Christians defend their beliefs with a scientific view.  Common questions and myth surrounding the tower of babel as well as Genesis is addressed in detail.  Each of the 29 chapters addresses a specific issue in extensive detail using historical evidence and scientific evidence.  The author addresses every issue in painstaking detail. 

This book serves to dispel commonly held myths with facts and evidence! Traditional secular texts leave out important archeological findings and often times, religious denominations simply ignore the issues of evolution entirely.  While the evolution as presented by most scientists and schools is a theory- not supported by the fossil evidence- many scientists, students and laymen accept it as truth. 
Furthermore, the common threads in ancient mythologies and various religions do not disprove the authenticity of the bible.  In fact, these common stories of the flood, or creation or the dispersion at the tower of Babel, point to one unified origin or source- and are simply distortions of the one true story as told in the bible.  These varied religions and stories all point to the fact that all religions stemmed from the one original truth of God, which underwent various distortions. The author digs deep and corroborates the information with additional ancient texts such as the widely accepted writings of Josephus. There is extensive research presented into the origins of language and ethnicities as well.  For anyone into geneology, this is the upmost in scholarship.

This book contains a number of black and white photographs, charts and graphs of the various archeological pieces of evidence and the historical contexts. The evidence is provided in order to allow the reader to discern the truth rather than simply blindly accepting a theory.  In contrast to other non professional "in-house" attempts that are often seen by creationists or within certain religious groups, this book relies on actual, concrete evidence- which isn't simply mentioned but also pictured alongside the supportive text.  In a number of places, the reader is pointed to test the information of the book against scriptures- just as in the tradition of the new testament believers and students. The only thing that could improve this book is if it was presented in full color and made into a textbook rather than a trade paperback.  I found there was way too much information, condensed into this paperback.  As a blogger I received this book, published by Master Books, a division of New Leaf Publishers for the purpose of writing this review.

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