chapter  1
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THE FOUNDATIONS

THE story of the Tower of Babel, as told in the ninth chapter of the Book of Genesis, runs as follows :-

It is the story of a community that broke up, and of which the scattered and isolated elements developed their own distinctive dialects, so that they no longer were understandable to one another. It is also a reminder of the power which unity of language confers on all who speak it, and a useful parable for our own guidance. For we-the English­ speaking people scattered over the face of the Earth-run the risk of a similar confusion unless we take steps to check the disruptive tendencies to which all languages are subject when their speakers become isolated from one another.