Thisby Thestoop and the Black Mountain

It’s fair to say that I read a good number of books children’s books. Having kids of my own, I like to pilfer their shelves from time to time. In our house, we like to stock “the classics” as a sort of quality guarantee. Since children’s books became a genre there have been writers who have tried to cash in on the children’s market as a way to make a quick buck with little effort. Reading “the classics” means that you get the best books from every era without having to wade through the formulaic twaddle, most of which has mercifully been forgotten over the years.
It’s a different story with modern children’s books. Picking up a new children’s book means taking a chance on wasting your time, and the modern children’s book publishing machine loves tried and true formulas. After the success of Harry Potter we got books about schools for magical/mythological/specially talented kids who are sorted into groups based on their personalities. After The Hunger Games took off, we’ve have had m…

More Humor from the Tower of Babel

The men set about to build "a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven." This doesn't mean, as we often think, that the tower was supposed to be really tall. It means that the tower was intended to be a temple: a stairway to heaven.

Dr. Leithart points out that Nimrod built Babel, and the earth was divided (i.e.- by languages) in the time of Peleg. Nimrod was the 3rd generation from Noah, Peleg was the 6th. So the building of the tower didn't happen in a month or two; Nimrod had been overseeing it for at least three generations.

Here's the punchline. These men had spent three generations building their tower to storm the gates of heaven and put themselves in God's place. They had taken at least 100 years building their stairway to heaven. Finally God, from heaven, "came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded."

Get it?


Virgil Hurt said…
are you happy now?
Anonymous said…
Very nice. I never thought of that before :-)
-the awesome sis
Anonymous said…
I don't git it!