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Meaning and etymology of the name Nimrod

Nimrod Nimrod

Nimrod is a son of Cush, son of Ham, son of Noah (Genesis 10:8). Nimrod is a mighty king, and the first active character after the flood-cycle.

"The beginning of his kingdom was Babel and Erech and Accad and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land he went forth into Assyria, and built Nineveh and Rehoboth-Ir and Calah, that is the great city." - Genesis 10:10-12

The name Nimrod probably has to do with marad (marad) meaning be rebellious, rebel, revolt. This verb occurs about twenty-five times in the Bible. Half of which cover scenes in which man revolts to man (and always Israel and its king revolting against an invaded or occupying foreign force), and in the other half man revolts to God.

For a meaning of the name Nimrod, Jones' Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names reads Rebel. NOBS Study Bible Name List reads Strong for no immediately clear reason. BDB Theological Dictionary suggests a relation to the Babylonian god Marduk, or the star-god Namra-uddu.



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