Sunday, December 21, 2008

Nimrod: Talmudic Legend vs Biblical Account

On the weird side, but deserving of notice is this far-fetched interpretation of Nimrod:

“While still in Chaldea, Nimrod demanded that Abram acknowledge him as a god. When Abram refused, he was thrown into a fiery furnace. His brother, Haran, had thought to side with Abram if he survived, but if not, with Nimrod. When Abram came out of the furnace alive, he declared that Abram’s belief in the One Gd was true. Haran, however, did not survive the furnace.”

Source: NoahideNations.Com

In reality, Nimrod was a Kushite kingdom builder (Gen. 10:8). Following the pattern of his ruler-priest ancestors, he would have had two wives. One was likely established in Ninevah and the other in Calah.  One wife would have been Nimrod's half-sister and the other would have been his patrilineal parallel cousin.  This is the same marriage pattern seen with Abraham and with Moses.

Ancient Kush encompassed Ethiopia and eastern Sudan, essentially the entire region of the Upper Nile Valley. The Kushites were great kingdom builders during the height of the Afro-Asiatic Dominion. Nimrod, is specifically mentioned as having a territory that ranged between Ninevah and Calah. He was the son of Kush.

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