The 2001 Translation Translator NotesNote

Genesis 11:2 – ‘from the east’ or ‘eastward?’

At Genesis 11:2, our Bible translation reads:

‘Then, as they migrated from the east, they found a flat area of land in Shinar and they started living there.’

However, other Bibles read:

‘As men moved eastward, they found a plain in Shinar and settled there.’ –New International Version

‘As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there.’ –New Living Translation

So, did men migrate to the east or to the west after the Chest (Ark) came to rest on Mt. Ararat?

In the Greek text, the words are:

apo anatolon,’
from the/east.’

However the current Hebrew texts read:

‘miq-qe-dem be-na-se-am,’
‘east journeyed.’

We believe the Greek text to be correct in this case, because to get from Mt. Ararat to the land of Shinar, you have to travel west, in other words, from the east.

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