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Nimrod (Hebrew: נמרוד, Nimrōḏ; Greek: Νεβρωδ, Nebrōḏ; Arabic: نمرود, Nimrūḏ; meaning rebellion is described in Genesis 10:8-12 as a great hunter, warrior, and leader, who founded several cities in Mesopotamia, including Babylon, Uruk, Akkad, Kalneh, in the land Shinar and Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah and Resen ("between Nineveh and Calah").

Map of Sumer.


Genesis 10:6-8 tells us that Ham's son Cush sons included Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca, Raamah (father to Sheba and Dedan) and Nimrod.

All of the sons listed in verse 6 settled in Africa, while Nimrod's kingdom is clearly in Mesopotamia. Raamah's territory might be in Arabia and his two sons were Dedan and Sheba. Nimrod's territory was in the Tigris-Euphrates region. The most likely explanation is that Nimrod was indeed a son of Cush, however, due to some quarrel, he became estranged. This estrangement also could explain Nimrod's exclusion from Genesis 10:6.

Nimrod's first-born son by his cousin bride was Asshur the Younger, named after Shem's son, Asshur the Elder. (cite sources)

Secular interpretations

Some scholars have speculated that Nimrod was the Hebrew name for Sargon I of Akkad, a leader who came from western lands to establish a kingdom in Mesopotamia. However, Sargon is generally considered to be a Semite (a descendant of Shem), not a descendant of Ham via Cush, as Nimrod seems to be.

Others have suggested like David Rohl have suggested Enmerkar, others have also suggested Dumuzid, Gilgamesh and Marduk.

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