Nimrod נמרוד
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I. Name

In the Hebrew Bible, Nimrod is the name of a Mesopotamian hero known to have been a famous hunter as well as the founder of major Mesopotamian cities and of the first state in (post-diluvian) primaeval times. The name Nimrod might be interpreted as a 1st pl. qal of the root mrd (‘to rebel’, i.e. ‘we shall rebel’) and has indeed been understood in this sense by Jewish tradition, which considered Nimrod to be a paradigm of god-offending hybris. This distorting negati…

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C. Uehlinger, “Nimrod נמרוד”, in: Dictionary of Deities and Demons in the Bible Online, Edited by: Karel van der Toorn, Bob Becking, Pieter W. van der Horst. Consulted online on 16 January 2019 <>

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