Gobekli Tepe’s H-Symbol and the Tower of Babel

In multiple previous posts over the last couple years, I’ve attempted to provide support for my theory that the great tower from which the Jaredites came (popularly known as the Tower of Babel) was actually Gobekli Tepe. You can read my entire list of evidences here.

Today I’m adding a new one to the list—one that I consider to be among the most compelling pieces of evidence that the Tower of Babel was a myth that was actually based off of the great tower, Gobekli Tepe.

At Gobekli Tepe, on pillar 28, and especially pillar 31 there is a shape that is popularly known as the H-symbol, because it looks exactly like an uppercase H. On the belt of the anthropomorphic pillar 31, one of these H’s is nestled inside of two crescent shapes, kind of like an H inside of parentheses. The other H is found on the neck of the pillar, where one might expect a necklace .

Researchers have identified this symbol in the language called Luwian. Apparently, in Luwian, the H-symbol (without parentheses) means “gate”, and the (H) with the crescents means “God” or “Goddess”.

The researchers point out, and I agree with them, that the central T-pillars at Gobekli Tepe were representations of gods that formed a gate. If you think about it, using the same symbol essentially for the words God and gate make a lot of sense. Jesus said: 

I am Messiah, the King of Zion, the Rock of Heaven, which is broad as eternity; whoso cometh in at the gate and climbeth up by me shall never fall; (Moses 7:53)


I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. (John 10:9)

And although not said by Jesus, don’t forget:

O then, my beloved brethren, come unto the Lord, the Holy One. Remember that his paths are righteous. Behold, the way for man is narrow, but it lieth in a straight course before him, and the keeper of the gate is the Holy One of Israel; and he employeth no servant there; and there is none other way save it be by the gate; for he cannot be deceived, for the Lord God is his name. 42And whoso knocketh, to him will he open; and the wise, and the learned, and they that are rich, who are puffed up because of their learning, and their wisdom, and their riches—yea, they are they whom he despiseth; and save they shall cast these things away, and consider themselves fools before God, and come down in the depths of humility, he will not open unto them. (2 Nephi 9:41)

Interestingly—and I mean VERY interestingly—this H-symbol , which means “gate” and “God”, has quite the connection to the Tower of Babel. When reading the etymology of the word Babel, you may notice the similarities:

Babel … from Akkadian bab-ilu “Gate of God” (from bab “gate” + ilu “god”).

Babel means “Gate of God” in Akkadian. What a coincidence, right?!

Gobekli Tepe’s famous H-symbols mean “gate” and “God”. Its pillars were likely gods and formed a gate. It was the gate of the gods. The gate made out of gods.

Now, I don’t know for sure, but I’d guess that none of the other proposed Tower of Babel sites boast a cool symbol that might mean “Gate of God.” (Click here to see my running Great Tower Checklist)

This connection supports my hypothesis that “the great tower” from which the Jaredites came was Gobekli Tepe. It also supports the idea that the Tower of Babel story was a mythical narrative based on the very real great tower. I propose that the “Gate of God” notion was passed down through the generations from ancestors who had lived and worshiped around Gobekli Tepe. They were scattered from the place, and the idea of the twin T-pillar deities forming a gate went with them and evolved into the biblical story of the Tower of Babel.

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