We finally received our new book David C. Cook Journey through the Bible from Amazon. This is one of the main spines of our study through ancient history as it relates to the Bible. We read yesterday The Tower of Babel. We had a discussion afterwards about why they would build such a thing as a “Tower to God”. We talked about how our modern day churches are like the ancient Ziggurats. We build them as a tower to God. It was good for us to discuss with the kids about why we don’t’ go to a traditional church.
It’s fun to realize that I can turn something so simple as playing with Legos into a discussion about culture, religion and society issues. Who says 9, 10 and 13 year olds can’t help solve problems of today? We really limit our children with such low expectations.
For fun, we decided to build our own version of the Ziggurat out of our Legos.
Our 4 bins of Legos are stored in the Boy’s room.
Bear thinks everything is better with pixie sticks.
Completed project. There are 3 levels.
The Boy is really proud of his secret door, when it closes it looks like the wall.
The battlement complete with soldier.
Back View of the Complex (notice the door in the top)
The Boy’s favorite place to display his Lego creations. Let’s hope that Tucker doesn’t get this one!
The Ziggurat by Shiloh Homeschool.
About the Ziggurat
Excerpts from Wikipedia
Ziggurats were built by the Sumerians, Babylonians, Elamites, Akkadians, and Assyrians for local religions. Each ziggurat was part of a temple complex which included other buildings. The precursors of the ziggurat were raised platforms that date from the Ubaid period during the fourth millennium BC. The earliest ziggurats began near the end of the Early Dynastic Period. The latest Mesopotamian ziggurats date from the 6th century BC. Built in receding tiers upon a rectangular, oval, or square platform, the ziggurat was a pyramidal structure with a flat top. Sun-baked bricks made up the core of the ziggurat with facings of fired bricks on the outside. The facings were often glazed in different colors and may have had astrological significance. Kings sometimes had their names engraved on these glazed bricks. The number of tiers ranged from two to seven. It is assumed that they had shrines at the top, but there is no archaeological evidence for this and the only textual evidence is from Herodotus. Access to the shrine would have been by a series of ramps on one side of the ziggurat or by a spiral ramp from base to summit. The Mesopotamian ziggurats were not places for public worship or ceremonies. They were believed to be dwelling places for the gods and each city had its own patron god. Only priests were permitted on the ziggurat or in the rooms at its base, and it was their responsibility to care for the gods and attend to their needs. The priests were very powerful members of Sumerian society.
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