As a student of freemasonry, African centered history, diverse culture, and political economy, when I read the bible I see something different in the stories normally told and accepted. In fact, here is one of the verses that changed my whole perception of the bible. Ecclestiastes 10:19 states, “A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.” This verse goes against the interpretations of 1 Timothy 6:10, “For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows,” which has been explained and accepted as people are supposed to be poor or in poverty. This is an economic game to slow down possible competition.
The key point in 1Timothy 6:10 is “the love of money.” I agree that we aren’t supposed to love money. Yet in order to gain the comforts, wants, and needs, we need to have money to exchange for goods and services, which is somewhat explained in Ecclesiastes 10:19. At one point, as seen throughout the bible, the alternative means for exchange was cattle. It’s important to know the history of the economy, when reading the bible because the bible will become much clearer if you do.
This brings me to the point of discussing the story of the tower of Babel found in Genesis 11:1-9. The story is systematically found between the descriptions of the generations of Noah. This is crucial in supporting my economic position. The replenishing stage is occurring after the flood or in my position the furthering of economic development. Genesis 9:1 states, “And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” This is the same instruction God gave the humans here before Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:28, “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.” I once read the above verses as simply the birth of people. Now I see it as an economic position. Economics is a human behavioral study. In other words, humans are the main factor in economics. Therefore, economic advancement depends on the people. It makes sense that for economic advancement (growth) to happen more people must be added to the equation.
My position is simple. Babylon is a story of economic domination by Noah’s family. Let me reiterate, this was a move for economic growth (expansion). So when I read this story, two correlating factors came to mind: Mecca and Swahili. At one point, Mecca was the trading center for many cultures in Asia and Africa (the Middle East being a part of Africa during this time). The Knights Templar (Crusaders) was introduced to higher forms of economics, after they visited the Mecca, but it’s claimed that they went to Jerusalem (Dome of the Rock) to learn. The Dome of the Rock is an Islamic structure. The interpreters hid the fact of the Crusaders learning higher knowledge from the Muslims who are the African Moors. This is crucial part of history when attempting to comprehend how Europe developed into a superpower as well as how the bible was used to support their dominance.
Although the interpreters focus on the building the tower of Babel (doorway to El), it also states a city was built (Genesis 11: 4-5 “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 of men builded.”). The city became the allegoric epic center for international (global) trade. In this case, the Lord is the mastermind and developer of this trading center.
Now examining the language, there was only one language at first (Gen 11:1 “And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.”). But we must pause and examine the phrase “whole earth,” before we continue on with the language. The Hebrew word for earth is “’erets” meaning at large or partitively a land; country, field, ground, land, nation, way. In other words, this doesn’t necessarily mean the entire globe. The idea here is the systematic development of one central location controlled by one group of people for other cultures to come and trade their goods and services.
Before the confounding of the language, there was only one group of people who spoke a common language. In order to trade with other cultures, they had to learn other languages. Genesis 11:7 states, “Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” Reading this verse from a literal point of view, instead of an allegoric or symbolic, we would only see that God wants to confuse or mix the language up. But why would God want this to occur? Reading and answering this from an economic point of view, in order to participate in global trade, there has to be an overstanding of different languages, a cultural diverse awareness, for example the Swahili language.
Swahili was once the universal language for trade, just like English is the language for trade today. So other cultures focused on learning Swahili and English to buy and purchase goods and services. Instead of stating the need for a universal trading language, the interpreters of the bible explained it backwards. Then they lead us to the story of Abraham, as we know his two sons (Isaac and Ishmael) are the fathers of Hebrew (Isaac) and Islam (Ishmael), which begins the concept of competition. This competition is between the economic elite as well as the bible was translated to keep economic dominancy away from the average read.