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The Return of Babylon? Can You Dig it?

posted by Ben Witherington

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http://www.nytimes.com/2011/01/03/arts/03babylon.html?_r=1&nl=todaysheadlines&emc=tha28



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Matthew

posted January 4, 2011 at 10:30 pm


“All this is unexcavated. There is great potential at this site. You could excavate the street plan of the entire city.”
For some reason I have always thought that most of Babylon had been dug up already. This is exciting indeed to hear. Although, digging up a wall with the words, “MENE, MENE, TEKEL, PARSIN” on it would probably be too much to hope for, I can’t wait to see what else lies beneath those mounds.
If this does start to become a success, then I suppose there will be the inevitable Christians who start making a fuss about “The Rebuilding of Babylon”. To be honest though, I’m still a little confused on what this literal rebuilding of Babylon means biblically or how a Christian should respond to it.
Matthew



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