Pentecost: The De-Babelization of the World

Pentecost was a provocative event. Often enough, its over-simplicaiton and limitation to the happenings in a small room, to a small band of Jesus' followers, robs the event of its radicalness. The feast of the Pentecost as a ritual originated after the Exodus of the Hebrew people from slavery to freedom. Yet, this feast takes us to Babel in the book of Genesis. Genesis 11: 1 tells us, “The whole world had the same language and the same words.” The people then built the tower of Babel, saying, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the sky, and so make a name for ourselves….” They were afraid that they would be scattered all over the earth and get lost. It seems stra

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