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According to the YEC perspective, races were created (or at least furthered; see AffableGeek's excellent answer) at the Tower of Babel. In Genesis 11:6 it states "The Lord said, 'Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language...'" Then in verse 7 and 8, it states "'Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, so that they will not ...


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You are assuming that Jewish thought has been monolithic on the subject for 2000 years. Even at the time of Second Temple, they were not. The Rabbinic interpretation in particular, favored oral transmission, making "exegesis" hard to track, but by no means non-literal. All in all, then, rabbinic tradition continued the pattern of translation, but ...



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