So far we have seen that a rebellion against God was first mounted at Babylon, for He had commanded the people to spread abroad in the earth and fill it, and that Nimrod rather, by building the Tower of Babel, attempted to keep the people together in Shinar as subjects in his own kingdom. But how do we know that paganism had its beginning there, and that Nimrod was the inventor of it?
Now we have to pick up the threads left to us by ancient historians. I started learning about this from modern writers quoting the Greek, Phoenician, and Chaldean historians, and so that is how I will present it here.
From Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names (1856):
“He [Nimrod] is styled by Berosus [an ancient Chaldean historian famous for his accuracy] one of the Cushdim [descendants of Cush] or Chaldeans. Not being content to exercise a tyrannical dominion over those who had revolted from God to his rule, he commenced a war against the Shemites, and drove Asshur out of his dominions. … But ungodly ambition seldom stops at one sin; so this presumptuious king, having set at naught the laws of man, defies those of God. Hence he attempted to found a universal religion–the worship of fire; for the author of the Paschal Chronicle [an ancient Greek history] says, “He taught the Assyrians to worship the fire;” … the Patriarchal religion was first authoritatively corrupted at Babylon by this postdiluvian apostate … Because of this sin, the king of Babylon was called “Nimrod,” [meaning ‘a rebel,’ or ‘to be rebellious’ in Hebrew] and the city where he reigned, “Babylon the great, the mother of harlots and abominations of the earth.” After his death he was deified by the Babylonians, and worshiped under the name of Bel, or Baal. He was also worshiped under the title of Orion; and in fact, the constellation is only known in Arabic astronomy to the present day as El Jabbar, or “The Giant,” the especial epithet of Nimrod.”
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