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Title: From Babel to the New Jerusalem (Gen 11,1-9 and Rev 21,1-22,5)
Author(s): HOCK, Andreas
Journal: Biblica
Volume: 89    Issue: 1   Date: 2008   
Pages: 109-118
DOI: 10.2143/BIB.89.1.3188941

Abstract :
There are some salient points of contact between the narrative of Babel, Gen 11:1-9, and the vision of the New Jerusalem, Rev 21:1-22:5. These parallels are starkly contrastive. Among the most stunning parallels are the way man’s initiative is underscored in Gen, while God’s initiative is emphasized in Rev. Human accomplishment appears to be at the heart of the narrative in Genesis, whereas God’s accomplishment is presented in Rev. Moreover, worldly reputation is set in opposition to heavenly fame, as well as a worldwide dispersion in Gen as it is being contrasted with a worldwide unification in Rev. The essay’s conclusion is that the protological text is brought to fulfillment in the eschatological one in an inverse archetypal sense.

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