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TOWER OF BABEL
M. Joan Lintault
New Paltz, New York
2007

Hand dyed, screen-printed, painted cotton, appliqué, air brush, quilted, sewing machine embroidery.
46 1/2 x 40 1/2 inches

The Tower of Babel is a symbol of our inability to listen to and understand each other. The bible says that all people originally spoke one language and were thus able to build a tower that reached to the heavens. God was displeased and made many languages so that people could not understand one another and compete with his glory.

Genesis 11:1-9 (King James Version)
1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there. 3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for mortar. 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. 5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children built. 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. 7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech. 8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city. 9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

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