Is the “Tower of Babel” a literal tower, or height of knowledge?

While riding a public transport, this “Tower of Babel” popped into my mind out of nowhere. I wondered if this tower really exist. As soon as I got home, I researched it on the internet — only to find out it didn’t physically exist. Although the Bible had these clear accounts:

Chapter 11

1 And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.

2 And it came to pass, as they journeyed from the east, that they found a plain in the land of Shinar; and they dwelt there.

3 And they said one to another, Go to, let us make brick, and burn them thoroughly. And they had brick for stone, and slime had they for morter.

4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.

5 And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded.

6 And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

7 Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.

8 So the Lord scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.

9 Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the Lord did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the Lord scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

Learning that the Bible is full of riddles and mystery, I have come up to a guess: that these Bible texts may actually refer to the height of knowledge these people have during that time. It is possible that the people have attained such knowledge that can pose a threat to the Gods. The “tower” may have represented the attempt of these unified people to recreate and study the technologies of the world and beyond.

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