When Did Nimrod Live? Did He Lead the Babel Rebellion?
By S. Doug Woodward, Author, Speaker, and Researcher
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David Rohl, a highly-regarded Egyptologist, points out that to discover who Nimrod is, we must consider all the names by which he is known – for there are many historical or quasi-historical figures which allude to the biblical Nimrod. Says Rohl:
Assur [one such name] lived at the city of Nineveh’ and was the eponymous founder of the Assyrian nation, while Ninus founded Nineveh – as did Nimrod. It appears that we are dealing here with a single historical character who established the first empire on Earth and who was deified by many nations under four main name groupings:
Early Sumerian Enmer, later Mesopotamian Ninurta (originally Nimurda), biblical Nimrod, Greek Ninus.
Old Babylonian Marduk, biblical Merodach, later known as Bel or Baal (‘Lord’);
Late Sumerian Asar-luhi (a principal epithet of Marduk, Assyrian Ashur, Egyptian Asar (Osiris);
Sumerian Dumuzi, biblical Tammuz, Phoenician Adonis, Greek Dionysius, Roman Baccus..
Rohl is correct to say that there are many, many names ascribed to Nimrod. Unfortunately, the popular favorite, The Two Babylons, by Alexander Hislop, gets in trouble partly by naming too many gods that tie to Nimrod. However, based on my study, Hislop is far more right than wrong on this count. Yes, he trashes Catholicism and likely makes too much of the mother and child motif, which runs throughout mythology in many parts of the world. However, he appears to do this only to pin the tail on the Roman Catholic Church and its veneration of Mary as another falsehood and justification for which Protestants should despise Catholics. However, on the matter of a core myth seeding many of the most significant myths in the history of humanity, Hislop nails the linkage. Rohl also confirms that studies in archeology, Egyptology, and global mythology vindicate much of what Hislop asserts. But does it all originate with Nimrod, as Hislop says? Probably not.
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