Tower of Babel builders, Bedford Hours

Tower of Babel builders, Bedford Hours

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Caption: Tower of Babel builders. Close-up of an scene from an artwork in the 15th-century Bedford Hours manuscript showing labourers mixing mortar and handling lime during the building of the Tower of Babel. As told in the Book of Genesis in the Judaeo-Christian bible, this tower was built in Babylon on the Shinar plain by descendants of Noah. The tower, built to reach heaven, angered God who destroyed it. As punishment, the builders were scattered and instead of one language there were now many. The Bedford Hours, started in France, dates to around the period 1410 to 1430. This artwork is thought to be by the Master of the Munich Golden Legends.

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