Paradise Lost 11/17–Daily Question

Book 12 starts to sound like to story of Yahweh and the Tower of Babel.

“Marching from Eden towards the west, shall find

The Plain, wherein a black bituminous gurge

Boils out from under ground, the mouth of Hell.

 Of brick, and of that stuff, they cast to build

 A city and tower, whose top may reach to Heaven;

 And get themselves a name, lest far dispersed

 In foreign lands, their memory be lost—

 Regardless whether good or evil fame.

 But God, who oft descends to visit men

 Unseen, and through their habitations walks,

To mark their doings, them beholding soon,

 Comes down to see their city, ere the Tower

 Obstruct Heaven-towers, and in derision sets

 Upon their tongues a various spirit, to rase

 Quite out their native language, and, instead…” (Book 12 lines 40-54.)

What is the importance of knowing stories of God through different cultural lenses?

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