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Programming - Story 2: The Tower of Babel and the Splitting of Languages

Featured Speaker: Edan Dekel, Chair of Classics and Jewish Studies at Williams College.

Against the Grain Theater Festival Story Series

Our story series presents literature in dynamic ways with actors, storytellers, artists and scholars in locations throughout Buffalo.

The Tower of Babel and the Splitting of Languages

The second installment of ATG’s 2014-2015 Story Series was “The Tower of Babel and the Splitting of Languages,” a close reading and guided investigation into the “Tower of Babel” passage in the Bible.  The conversation was led by Edan Dekel, Chair of Classics and Jewish Studies at Williams College.

“The Bible is perhaps the most influential work in the history of Western philosophy, literature, and art. But the overwhelming presence of the text in nearly every aspect of modern culture often obscures the sheer brilliance of its narrative technique as well as the complex interplay between law, history, prophecy, and poetry. Through a close reading and discussion of the ‘Tower of Babel,’ one of the most noteworthy episodes in the early history of the Bible, we will explore essential questions about language, humanity, and justice, as well as the fundamental power of storytelling that has resonated across the centuries.”

– Edan Dekel

Photos by Julian Montague

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