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(nihm' rahd) Personal name meaning, “we shall rebel.” Son of Cush or Ethiopia (Genesis 10:8-10 ; 1 Chronicles 1:10 ). A hunter and builder of the kingdom of Babel who some Bible students have linked to Tukulti-Ninurta, an Assyrian king (about 1246-1206 B.C.). The bible does not give sufficient information to connect him with any other known figure of history. Others think that Amenophis III of Egypt (about 1411-1375 B.C.) or the heroic Gilgamesh might have been the ancient Nimrod. Regardless, extremely popular legends involve Nimrod as a ruler in both Assyrian and Egyptian lore. The prophet Micah called Assyria “the land of Nimrod” (1 Chronicles 5:6 ). Nimrod shows that the great Mesopotamian culture had its origin from the creative work of the God of Israel.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Nimrod'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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