Where Did the Different Races and Ethnicities Come From?

The Origins of Humanity

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech… Let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the LORD scattered them broad from thence upon the face of all the earth…” Genesis 11:1, 7-8

There are various theories of how the different races began. The position that we take is that at the tower of Babel, when the Lord confused the people through language, that He divided them along ethnological, linguistic and theological lines.

We believe it is at this point that not only did the different languages begin, but also the different nations and races. Before this time all people were united and could speak the same language. However, at the tower of Babel, we have the beginning of the various nations of the world including linguistic differences and racial differences.

Genesis 10 is called the Table of Nations, because it tells where the descendants of Noah’s three sons settled in the world. This settling into the human race from the three sons of Noah occupied quite a number of years.

Genesis 10:5 is simply a reference to the places where they settled by nation and by language. Genesis 11:1 goes back prior to any differences in languages and tells us how those differences came about at the Tower of Babel.

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Dr. Elmer Towns is a college and seminary professor, an author of popular and scholarly works (the editor of two encyclopedias), a popular seminar lecturer, and dedicated worker in Sunday school, and has developed over 20 resource packets for leadership education.His personal education includes a B.S. from Northwestern College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a M.A. from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, a Th.M. from Dallas Theological Seminary also in Dallas, a MRE from Garrett Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois, and a D.Min. from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.He is co-founder of Liberty University, with Jerry Falwell, in 1971, and was the only full-time teacher in the first year of Liberty’s existence. Today, the University has over 11,400 students on campus with 39,000 in the Distance Learning Program (now Liberty University Online), and he is the Dean of the School of Religion.Dr. Towns has given theological lectures and taught intensive seminars at over 50 theological seminaries in America and abroad. He holds visiting professorship rank in five seminaries. He has written over 2,000 reference and/or popular articles and received six honorary doctoral degrees. Four doctoral dissertations have analyzed his contribution to religious education and evangelism.

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