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Nimrod, also known as Nimrôd, is a legendary biblical figure described as a king in the land of Shinar (Mesopotamia), was, according to the Book of Genesis and Books of Chronicles, the son of Cush.

The Bible states that he was "a mighty hunter before the Lord [and] ... began to be mighty in the earth". He is most famous for being associated with the construction of the Tower of Babel which led to his reputation as a king who was rebellious against God.

Biography

Crowned King of Man

Nimrod is considered the leader of those who built the Tower of Babel in the land of Shinar, though the Bible never actually states this. Nimrod's kingdom included the cities of Babel, Erech, Akkad, and perhaps Calneh. It is said that he began his reign as king over earth when Reu was 163, and that he reigned for 69 years, building Nisibis, Raha (Edessa) and Harran when Peleg was 50. It further adds that Nimrod "saw in the sky a piece of black cloth and a crown".

He called upon Sasan the weaver and commanded him to make him a crown like it, which he set jewels on and wore. He was allegedly the first king to wear a crown. "For this reason people who knew nothing about it, said that a crown came down to him from heaven." Later, the Book of Rolls describes how Nimrod established fire worship and idolatry, then received instruction in divination for three years from Bouniter, the fourth son of Noah.

Tower of Babel

Nimrod is perhaps more well known as the one who commissioned the construction of the infamous Tower of Babel. Nimrod was king over a humanity that was united with one universal language and in the process were able to advance at an exponential rate. Their greatest achievement would be the Tower of Babel, which according to biblical authors, was a way for Babylon to exert their dominion over the Earth and the Heavens.

It was in fact the first time in history where humans, under the teachings once given by the Watchers, were able to build a grand supernatural construct that would literally have them raid the Heavens themselves to gain equal share over creation with God. Nimrod, being a Gibborim, learned the secrets of his divine ancestors' forbidden knowledge during the days of when the Watchers descended unto the Earth to mate with human females. Nimrod was considered to be among the greatest of the Gibborim, for unlike the majority of his kind, he was intelligent, cunning, and kingly. As the product of the divine and the physical, he held divine wisdom, which made him all the more capable of guiding the advancing human race to properly build the tower.

The construction of the tower is actually what gave Lucifer the idea on how to return to Heaven and claim rulership over the cosmos instead of God. Lucifer witnessed the Tower of Babel's construction under the united hand of all humanity, and also realized that the tower was no ordinary construct, but rather it held unnatural properties which would allow it to interconnect with the Axis Mundi and in turn let the human race pass through the Firmament unharmed. However, seeing this, God ordered the tower's destruction at the hands of His angels, before scattering the confused humanity, who now all speak in different languages instead of on universal language, Lucifer took this opportunity to have these scattered humans build their own towers but across the four corners of the globe.

Confrontation with Abraham

A portent in the stars tells Nimrod and his astrologers of the impending birth of Abraham, who would put an end to idolatry. Nimrod therefore orders the killing of all newborn babies. However, Abraham's mother escapes into the fields and gives birth secretly. At a young age, Abraham recognizes God and starts worshipping Him. He confronts Nimrod and tells him face-to-face to cease his idolatry, whereupon Nimrod orders him burned at the stake. In some versions, Nimrod has his subjects gather wood for four whole years, so as to burn Abraham in the biggest bonfire the world had ever seen. Yet when the fire is lit, Abraham walks out unscathed.

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