Nimrod and the tower of Babel - The Pagan origins

The book of Genesis tells us the story of Nimrod that appears after the Great Flood. The root meaning of the name Nimrod is “rebel”114. In Rabbinical Literature, his name is interpreted as “he who made all the people rebellious against God” 115

“Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first on earth to become a mighty warrior.
He was a mighty hunter before the Lord; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the Lord.”  Genesis 10:8-9 KJV

The Targum version (explanations, expansions of the scriptures from ancient Rabbis in Aramaic):
“And Kush begat Nimrod: he began to be mighty in sin, and to rebel before the Lord in the earth. He was a mighty rebel before the Lord; therefore it is said, From the day that the world was created there hath not been as Nimrod, mighty in hunting, and a rebel before the Lord.”

Historian H. Hoeh tell us that Semiramis (or Ishtar) was married to Cush and was the mother of Nimrod. Semiramis was known as the Queen of Heaven. Cush was originally a prominent figure at Babel, but was then superseded by Nimrod.
After Cush’s death Nimrod married his own mother Semiramis. 116 117

Nimrod and Semiramis were worshipped as gods. 117

Ancient Historian Josephus tell us in his historiographical work (Antiquities I:IV:2) about Nimrod:
“He also gradually changed the government into tyranny,—seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach! and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers!118

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.” Genesis 11:1
“And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.Genesis 11:4 KJV

“And the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.” Genesis 11:6 KJV

“Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another's speech.” Genesis 11:7 KJV

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