Tower Of Babel: Nimrod The Giant Hunter

8And Cush begot Nimrod; he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; wherefore it is said: ‘Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.’ (Gen 10:8-9)

Respond: Babylon the city was known as ‘Confusion’ (Heb, balal, ‘to confuse’) was praised by the pagan historians for its marvelous architecture. Therefore, the city was founded by Nimrod ‘the giant’ as was briefly suggested earlier. Hence, the Holy Scripture mentions about Nimrod, it says that ‘the beginning of his empire was Babylon’, which proves that the city had its dominance over all others. City of God (BK: XVI, Ch:4) (PG: 657)

9He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; (Gen 10:9)

In Greek enantion means ‘before’ as well as ‘against. For example in Psalms: ‘Let us lament before (ante) the Lord who made us (Ps 95:6) and also in other place

In the Book of Job, ‘You have burst into fury against (ante) the Lord’. (Job 15:13), therefore, analyzing both the examples, Augustine of Hippo concludes that we must take the latter sense to describe Nimrod that the giant was ‘a hunter against the Lord’.

‘Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.’ (Gen 10:9)

Now for the word ‘hunter’ Augustine of Hippo concludes that the word can only suggest a deceiver, oppressor and destroyer of earth-born creatures.

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