Secrets of the Chinese Language
Chinese is not an alphabetic language, like most written languages in the world.
It is a language of pictures dating back beyond 2,000 BC.
This would place the origin of the ancient Chinese syntax very close to the time of the dispersion from the tower of Babel recorded in Genesis 11.
Why is the dispersion from Babel important? From the time of the flood until the scattering of the nations, the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech. But God confused the language of the people and scattered them abroad over the face of the whole earth. This is the origin of nations and languages. From Babel, a people eventually settled in what we now call China, with their own distinct verbal language, and soon thereafter, they constructed a written code. That written code has in it a record of the pre-Babel history of mankind which parallels the Bible record.
The book of Genesis, written by Moses, was penned as much as 800 years after the events at the tower of Babel, and over 500 years after the development of the written Chinese language. Simply stated, the pre-Babel history of mankind was recorded in the Chinese language prior to Moses receiving and recording it in the book of Genesis!
Yet we find in it, a duplication of the Genesis account.
For example, take the Chinese ideogram for the abstract concept ‘first’.
‘First’ in Chinese is a compound of ‘alive’ + ‘dust’ (or soil) + ‘man’
What this means is that a long time ago (around 4200 years ago) when the first Chinese scribes were forming the Chinese calligraphy, they joined radicals with the meaning the ‘first’ man (Adam) was made alive from dust!
But where did they get this idea 700 years before Genesis was compiled?
This parallel continues.
The word ‘devil’ is formed from “man moving secretly in the garden”. And they built on this word by combining ‘devil’ with ‘two trees’ for ‘tempter’! So, the ‘devil’ under the cover of ‘two trees’ is the ‘tempter’.
Compare this with the Genesis account: "The LORD God had planted a garden in the east… in the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil"
Consider another remarkable parallel. The Chinese ideogram for ‘big boat’ is shown below. The radicals that construct this ideogram are also shown:
Big boat = ‘eight’ + ‘persons’ + ‘vessel’
Why eight? Interesting, in the biblical account of the flood there are eight people in Noah’s Ark (Noah, his three sons and all their wives).
After the Ark came the Tower of Babel.
The Hebrew word for Babel literally means confusion. The Chinese word for BABEL speaks of the reason behind the confusion. It records God's DESIRE for man to SEPARATE or DEPART from the plain of Shinar, that the whole earth might be populated. The people would MIGRATE from Shinar to various regions across the globe. There are two words of interest in the Chinese language for MIGRATE. The first one is generic, the second is specific to the Chinese people. The generic form means thousands WALKING. But the specific form acknowledges the general region from which they had departed, using the word WEST.
How did the ancient Chinese people know all the details we've discussed? How were they privy to precise details about the creation, the sin in the garden, Cain and Abel, Noah's name, the flood, and the events at the tower of Babel? How could they know these things which would not be recorded in the Hebrew Scriptures for another 800 years?
The ancient Chinese, who developed their written language reveal the answer to us.
The Chinese word shuō helps us to know how the ancient Chinese knew about the pre-Babel history of mankind. The word means to TELL or SPEAK or SAY. It identifies WORDS from EIGHT ELDERS. I would suggest that would be Noah and his wife, along with his three sons and their wives. They were, after the flood, the oldest (elder) people on the earth.
Just in case we're not certain that these eight elders who shared words with the ancient Chinese people were in fact Noah and his family, a word used for HANDING DOWN or PASSING DOWN reveals the source of their knowledge. This word pictures EIGHT WATER PEOPLE! Who could that be, but the eight people who were saved through water, Noah, his wife, his three sons, and their wives?
The precision with which these characters agree with the Hebrew Scriptures cannot be a mere coincidence. The ancient Chinese people knew Noah and his family and received from them the knowledge of what happened prior to the flood, and the first generation of Chinese people, as they prepared a style of writing for their descendants, used it as a way to record and preserve the history which had been passed on to them.
Amazing, truly amazing!