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A Harmony of the SpiritsTranslation and the Language of Community in Early Pennsylvania$
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Patrick M. Erben

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780807835579

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: July 2014

DOI: 10.5149/9780807838198_erben

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Reversing the Heritage of Babel: Visions of Religious and Linguistic Renewal in Seventeenth–Century Europe

Reversing the Heritage of Babel: Visions of Religious and Linguistic Renewal in Seventeenth–Century Europe

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(p.17) Chapter One Reversing the Heritage of Babel: Visions of Religious and Linguistic Renewal in Seventeenth–Century Europe
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A Harmony of the Spirits
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Patrick M. Erben

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University of North Carolina Press
DOI:10.5149/9780807838198_erben.7

This chapter probes the spiritual and linguistic meanings of Babel. The account of the Tower of Babel and the confusion of languages is primarily designated a spiritual event. Linguistic and spiritual confusion resulted from the inability of human beings to comprehend and communicate divine truth.

Keywords:   Tower of Babel, languages, divine truth

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