Nimrod: The First World Leader

Nimrod is arguably one of the most important people in the Old Testament, but there is very little said about him in scripture. However, what is said changes the entire course of human history. Nimrod was the son of Cush, the grandson of Ham, and the great grandson of Noah.

According to scripture, Nimrod became a mighty hunter before the Lord, but there are scholars that point out that both tradition and the Hebrew word “before” indicates he hunted in defiance of the Lord.

“And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD.” – Genesis 10:8-9

iraqCush settled the area currently known as Sudan. While the Bible does not tell us how old Nimrod was when he left the Sudan, he does eventually leave and founds the following places:

  • Babel
  • Erech
  • Accad
  • Calneh

These places were located in Shinar, the area currently known as Iraq. As we can see on the map it is very close to Africa.

The Lineage of Nimrod

The Bible does not tell us whether or not Nimrod had any children, but there are stories and legends floating around. Chances are that he did have children because he was a leader. Powerful leaders usually had multiple women and multiple children.

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