Tuesday, February 12, 2013


In Genesis 10 of the Bible we read
10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 
10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: why it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.
10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.
10:11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and built Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, 

And in chapter 11:
11 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.
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.
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 morter.
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.
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.
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.
Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.
So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

Over the couple of millenia the place changed from Babel to Babylon, a place of very poor reputation for the Hebrews:
Like the Captivity into Egypt they were sent many centuries later into the Captivity into Babylon In the New Testament John of Patmos wrote in the Book of Revelation using a guarded Babylon (rather than Rome).  We read especially about the "the great whore that sitteth upon many waters." (Chapter 17)

Now what did Blake have to say about Babel?

In a letter dated july, 1803 Blake wrote among other things to his friend, Butts:

 I have given in the background a building which may be supposed the ruin of a Part of Nimrods tower which I conjecture to have spread over many Countries for he ought to be reckond of the Giant brood 

As for the "Whore of Babylon":

As a matter of fact this is the way that Blake evaluated the Established Church.

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