Delving into history from a Biblical worldview brings new meaning to how we read the Bible today. Explore these resources for learning about Ancient Babylon to learn more about the history that shaped our Christianity today.
Ancient Babylon is one of the most famous cities of any ancient civilization. It rose from a Mesopotamian city that ran along the juncture of the Euphrates River and Tigris river. It eventually became one of the most powerful cities/states and namesake of one of the greatest empires in history.
Its’ ruins can be found in modern-day Iraq; that is 59 miles southwest of Bagdad. The word Babylon is the Greek meaning Gate of the Gods.
Babylon is known for its impressive walls and buildings particularly the Hanging Gardens of Babylon. These gardens were man-made cascading terraces of flora and fauna, watered by machines – as cited by ancient writers as one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
The 1500 B.C.E., the Babylonian cities were known for scribal learning. They also produced writings, on divinity, astrology, medicine, and mathematics. It definitely was an important center, yet that is not the extent of this empire in the realm of a Biblical worldview.
When it comes to Christianity, Babylon is extremely significant. Babylon, since The Tower of Babel, has been known for its reputation of rebellion against God.
It continuously has been used as a symbol of evilness and defiance against God. You will find scripture like the following one laced throughout the Bible.
Revelation 17:5, “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations.”
Tower of Babel.
At the Tower of Babel, God commanded humanity to increase in order to fill the earth.
Genesis 9:1, “And God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.”
Yet the people said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city with a tower that reaches to the heavens” as to NOT have to scatter the earth — the direct opposite of what God commanded! They took it upon themselves to go against what God intended to happen.
Babylon was mentioned in God’s word in the books of Daniel, Jeremiah, and Isaiah, but mostly in the Book of Revelation.
Explore these resources for learning about Ancient Babylon:
5 easy Ancient Babylon lessons to teach your kids | Adventures in Mommydom
How to Teach Ancient Civilizations with a 7 Part Structure | Teach Like Midgley
FREE Ancient World Worksheets: Babylon and more | Homeschool Den
Ancient Babylonian Statue FREE Questions | Student Handouts
Marduk, God of Ancient Babylon| Student Handouts
Hammurabi-of-Babylon Study of History FREE PDF | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego Refuse the King’s Meal | Bible Fun for Kids
Babylon Hanging Gardens Coloring Page | Super Coloring
Akkad & Ancient Babylon | Lady Lion
Babylon’s Hanging Gardens Printables | Glimmercat Education
Babylon worksheet (Magi – Wise Men) | Bible Pathway Adventures
Ancient Babylon FREE PDF | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
Where is Ancient Babylon Located Today? | Maps of the World
Hanging Gardens of Babylon Lesson | Adventures in Mommydom
Ancient Babylon: Center of Mesopotamian Civilization | Live Science
Babylon | Ancient History Encyclopedia
Babylonia, an Introduction | Khan Academy
FREE Download Babylon | Sheppard Software
Your guide to the ancient city of Babylon | HistoryExtra
Babylon facts for kids | Kid.Kiddle
Ancient Mesopotamia for Kids Babylon | Mr Donns
Babylonia, an introduction | SmartHistory
Ancient Mesopotamia The Babylonian Empire | Ducksters
FREE Seven Wonders of the Ancient World Worksheet | Middle School History and Geography
Seven Wonders of the Ancient World – FREE Reading Resources | Mrgrayhistory
Plan of Ancient Babylon | Ed DeHoratius
FREEBIE Human Timeline: Babylon Captivity | Bible Lessons for Teens
Exile & Rescue (Babylon, Eden & More) – FREE Bible Unit | Riley Dieck
FREE guided, structured notes for BABYLONIANS (part 1 of the Mesopotamia Unit) | Greg’s Goods – Making History Fun
Ancient Babylon: Reading and Worksheet | James Gasparo
History of Babylon: 1 Page Reading with Questions – Distance Learning | Learning the Social Sciences
Videos to help you teach all about ancient Babylon to your homeschool:
Visiting Babylon Video | Smarthistory
Hanging Gardens of Babylon Video | Tiny World
The Babylonian Civilisation |miKen Edu
The Rise and Fall of Babylon | Jack Rackam
Here are some bible lessons to go alongside your lessons on Ancient Babylon:
Tower of Babel Bible Lesson for Kids | Ministry to Children
Return from Babylon for Kids | Learning Scriptures
Judah Goes Into Captivity in Babylon | Hands-on Bible teacher
The Land of Babylon (FREE) Printable Map | Kids Bible Maps
FREE Lesson – God’s People In Babylon | Children’s Bible Lessons
1.4. Genesis: Tower of Babel FREE Lesson | Bible Fun for Kids and More
In teaching our children about Babylon, we can teach them about rebellion and its implications. You can also elaborate on the difference between bringing about glory to God in all things versus pride and humility.
The Lord uses nations to teach us about who he is and his sovereignty. Learning about Ancient Babylon is a great way to begin these conversations with our children.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!