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Mysterious Sea of Galilee stone structure
Story at Time Magazine







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Obviously this is:
The biblical Tower of Babel
A prehistoric burial mound just like the archaeologists think (maybe, perhaps, possibly)
An ancinet alien spacecraft landing platform
An extinct advanced human civilization spacecraft landing platform
A mystery to be solved once the "Drain the Sea of Galilee" Kickstarter project funds
Yet another Mossad ruse
A pile of rocks (some guy started piling his in-the-way rocks there and then it just caught on)
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That first picture looks surprisingly like Nessy.
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This thread is the first I've heard it labeled as the Tower of Babel... So I voted ancient burial ground as that seems more likely.
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Obviously...

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fenners wrote:
This thread is the first I've heard it labeled as the Tower of Babel... So I voted ancient burial ground as that seems more likely.


Yeah! I was totally surprised that Bible literalists didn't jump all over the Tower of Babel idea. It seems like an obvious one to me. In other words, in the Iron age a structure of 4-6 stories is to them, a tower. Perhaps it needs a few more days to cook in the Internet.
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Why would the tower of Bavel, i.e., Babylon, be in Israel? LOL
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They should teach about the Tower of Babel in schools; modern linguistic theory just has too many holes. For instance, if English evolved from German, why do we still have German? Checkmate, linguistic evolutionists!
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"Close inspection by scuba diving revealed that the structure is made of basalt boulders up to 1 m (3.2 feet) long with no apparent construction pattern," the scientists stressed.

"The boulders have natural faces with no signs of cutting or chiseling. Similarly, we did not find any sign of arrangement or walls that delineate this structure."


I'm confused, are they saying it was built by somebody or not? Does a bunch of rocks randomly piled up on top of one another pass for evidence of intelligent design?
 
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Why would the tower of Bavel, i.e., Babylon, be in Israel? LOL


Dude, plate tectonics. Also, aliens.
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Here's an excellent adaptation of the same theme for the Intelligent Design creationism "controversy", written during the Kitzmiller trial.
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fenners wrote:
This thread is the first I've heard it labeled as the Tower of Babel...


OK, excuse my ignorance, but what did you think it was called? I've always thought it was called the Tower of Babel.
 
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I voted for a pile of rocks. Someone put a rock there on his way somewhere else and had good luck. So everyone that wanted good luck put a rock there, too. Evidently, since they've faded from history, it wasn't a foolproof approach to getting good luck.
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MWChapel wrote:
fenners wrote:
This thread is the first I've heard it labeled as the Tower of Babel...


OK, excuse my ignorance, but what did you think it was called? I've always thought it was called the Tower of Babel.


He meant the structure that was found being labelled as such, not the Tower Of Babel itself.
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Geosphere wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
fenners wrote:
This thread is the first I've heard it labeled as the Tower of Babel...


OK, excuse my ignorance, but what did you think it was called? I've always thought it was called the Tower of Babel.


He meant the structure that was found being labelled as such, not the Tower Of Babel itself.


Ahhh...got it. Yeah, it would be a weird label since it's in Israel.
 
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MWChapel wrote:
Geosphere wrote:
MWChapel wrote:
fenners wrote:
This thread is the first I've heard it labeled as the Tower of Babel...


OK, excuse my ignorance, but what did you think it was called? I've always thought it was called the Tower of Babel.


He meant the structure that was found being labelled as such, not the Tower Of Babel itself.


Ahhh...got it. Yeah, it would be a weird label since it's in Israel.


My post was tongue-in-cheek. But for both you and Moshe, the reason the Tower of Babel immediately came to my mind is that I suspect (based on some archaeological evidence) that the ancient Israelites were in fact the ancient Canaanites, reformed.

That is to say, there was no exodus from Egypt and conquering of that area. As the Canaanites became the Israelites, the Israelites' mythology gelled.

I would not at all be surprised by some future archaeological evidence that shows that that the Old Testament's Tower of Babel story is likely derived from this structure; that there was a recollection in the collective memory of those people at that time of a grand construction project; and that became the story of the Tower of Babel.

Indeed, as the structure is now under water, we may well even have a mythological seed for the Flood story.


But yes, I agree, some people like Moshe believe Genesis stories in earnest. Moshe, is this where I would insert "LOL"? Of course, I wouldn't.
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isaacc wrote:
As the Canaanites became the Israelites, the Israelites' mythology gelled.


Or they could be the so called "Habiru" people who invaded the area at about the same time. Which in themselves could be an offshoot of the canaanites and/or the amorites of the area, which for sure could have been a religious movement.
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It really pains me that only six other geeks have voted for the alien platform.
The others are not geeks.
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Your poll left out "The lair of an unspeakable tentacled monster from beyond space and time".
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gamesterinns wrote:
"Close inspection by scuba diving revealed that the structure is made of basalt boulders up to 1 m (3.2 feet) long with no apparent construction pattern," the scientists stressed.

"The boulders have natural faces with no signs of cutting or chiseling. Similarly, we did not find any sign of arrangement or walls that delineate this structure."


I'm confused, are they saying it was built by somebody or not? Does a bunch of rocks randomly piled up on top of one another pass for evidence of intelligent design?


Does it possess impossible geometries? Can it supersede 4 dimensional space/time?
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