Nimrod Became A Chimera

Chapter 10 of Corrupting the Image vol 2: Nimrod Became A Chimera

In 2020, Chris L. of Reno, Nevada, learned that three months after his bone marrow transplant, “all of the DNA in his semen belonged to his donor.” The DNA in his sperm was not his—it was that of his German bone marrow donor. According to the article, Chris became a chimera and is on record saying, “I thought that it was pretty incredible that I can disappear and someone else can appear.”i Incredible, indeed! Before the transplant, Chris was simply Chris and any kids he would sire would be from his DNA. However, after the transplant, any children Chris might sire will not have his DNA, but that of his donor. When a donor’s DNA is implanted, the DNA signature of the original person is replaced by that of the donor. We can now scientifically state that Chris became a chimera! ii 

So too, Nimrod underwent a change of epic proportions; He began to “be a mighty one on the earth.” The Hebrew phrase [ה֣וּא הֵחֵ֔ל לִֽהְי֥וֹת גִּבֹּ֖ר בָּאָֽרֶץ hu heichel lihiot gibbor ba’aretz] means Nimrod “began to be a gibbor on the earth”iii—he started as a regular human and then became a gibbor. The transformation process may have been a type of overshadowing where Satan’s DNA merged and / or changed Nimrod’s DNA so he became a gibbor, a hero. He became a hybrid being—a god in the flesh and Satan’s agent in this world. Just like Chris, any children Nimrod would sire would not be his, but his donor’s!  

This post-flood transformation is likely what is intended in Genesis 6:4 which says at two distinct times, the sons of God came into the daughters of men when they bore them children.  These two times were: before the Flood and after. The relative pronoun “asher” translated “when” modifies two temporal clauses “in those days”, as well as “also afterward”. We can visualize this, as shown on the following page: 

A gibbor (hero) was not necessarily one of the Nephilim, but it could include the category. Nephilim comes from the root [נפל naphal] meaning “to fall”. It is masculine plural, and the conjugation is not clear, though it has the appearance of a hiphil, which is causative. Thus, it could mean the “fallen”, or the “fellerslike people who fell a tree”, for example. So, the focus of the word is not so much an indicator of their own state, but of what they do to others.  

 “That the fallen angels were, in some sense, the fathers of the old giants, was the constant opinion of antiquity,” according to William Whiston, translator of Josephus. After the Flood, Nimrod / Ninurta was the first gibbor. Furthermore, “The first named gibbor on earth was Nimrod.” iv It is incredibly interesting to note that the epithet, gibbor, like the “Akkadian gabbaru ‘strong’ and Aramaic al-jabbiir ‘the giant (i.e. Orion)’, identifies Nimrod’s prowess, notably as a mythical hunter, and lord of the kingdoms of Babel.” v In other words, the Bible is not the only source that mentions the might and power of Ninurta / Nimrod. Furthermore, Nimrod’s activities described in Genesis “resemble the exploits of the Mesopotamian hero Gilgamesh,”vi who we will examine in the next chapter.  

The Nephilim (giants) were described as being gibborim (heroes), as were King David’s mighty men (gibborim); and, I do not believe the latter were anything but human. Thus, when Nimrod is called a gibbor, it does not necessarily have to mean that he was anything but mighty, but the biblical context and Mesopotamian literature strongly suggests he changed fundamentally. 

GIGANTES 

The Greek Septuagint translates the gibbor passage as “Nimrod began to be a giant” [ηρξατο ειναι γιγας gigas] (Gen 10:8 LXX Brenton). That is incredibly significant because the Septuagint also translates Nephilim and gibborim in Genesis 6:4 as “the giants” (oi gigantes). 

οι δε γίγαντες ησαν επι της γης [Now the giants were on the earth] … οι γίγαντες οι απ’’ αιώνος], [the giants of old] οι ανθρωποι οι ονομαστοι [the men of renown] (Gen 6:4 LXX) (English translation mine.) 

The Greek term Gigas was a loaded term from Greek literature, referring to divine, savage beings who were of both heaven and Earth, and in some cases, their father was Tartarus. To say Nimrod began to be a gigas, a giant, was saying that he began to be a hybrid being. The word “Gigantes” is thought by some to mean “of the earth”, though some consider this untenable.vii Nevertheless, according to etymonline.com: 

Greek Gigas (usually in plural, Gigantes), one of a race of divine but savage and monstrous beings (personifying destructiveviii natural forces), sons of Gaia and Uranus … Gaia is earth and Uranus is heaven – hence, “giants” were a comingling of heavenly and earthly beings.ix 

According to Hesiod’s Theogony, a genealogy of Greek gods, Tartarus, god of the underworld, was father of the Giants.x We need to keep in mind that the Greeks borrowed nearly all of their gods from Mesopotamia; hence, the god of the underworld is Melqart / Nergal and the like, who are all essentially Satan. 

It is significant that in the Greek translation, the word gigantes is used. This word already had an established definition, being used to speak of half-god, half-men kind of beings. In English, we use giant for a tall person. The giants were indeed tall, as Philo points out, xi but their height is not the point. Rather, the term gigas means they were mixed; they had two different natures—man and god (angel). When we look at the usage of the word Nephilim (Greek gigas) in Scripture, we find some interesting things. Keep in mind, according to the Septuagint, what was true of the Nephilim was true of Nimrod. 

ENLIL ENGENDERED NINURTA 

Looking to the history of the Mesopotamian Ninurta (Nimrod) as a template, we learn that Enlil engendered Ninurta, or in biblical terminology, Satan begat Nimrod. The Bible does not explain how this happened, but we have the prophecy from the Garden of Eden that it would happen, “I will put enmity Between you and the woman, And between your seed and her Seed” (Gen 3:15)(Emphasis mine). We have also seen that Satan commanded angels to leave the spiritual realm and breed with women, a campaign which ended at the Flood. If Nimrod began to be a gibbor hero, that is a giga (hybrid), he must have a father; and, the texts from Nimrod’s fatherland supply the identity.  

Ninurta is … attested as the son of Enlil, bearing the epithet “the foremost, the lion, whom the Great Mountain (= Enlil) engendered.”xii 

In a poem written about Ninurta, we again hear how he is called a hero just like Nimrod in Genesis; that his kingship (which in Hebrew has the root [מלך] like the god Molech) is over the heavens and the earth; and he sits (reigns) with his father as a pillager or destroyer. Note also that he has three names (syncretizations) in this poem: Ninurta / Pabilsag / Ningirsu: 

[Hero, Enlil’s gatherer of the numerous functions, consummate hero, your king]ship is [eminently] mani[fest.] Hero [Ninurta], the (braided) crown [hangs loosely about your neck.] Hero Pabilsag, the (braided) crown hangs loosely about your neck. Hero Ningirsu, the (braided) crown hangs loosely about your neck; your kingship is manifest. Your kingship is over the heavens; it is over the earth. You sit with Enki upon the holy dais … With father Enlil you sit. You are the heroic son of father Enlil. In the Ekur you stand … Hero Ninurta is the pillager of cities for his father. xiii  

NIMROD THE HYBRID-HUNTER 

He was a mighty hunter [gibbor tzayid] before the LORD [לִפְנֵ֣י יְהוָ֑ה lifnei YHWH]; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD” (Gen 10:9). 

When Genesis notes that Nimrod was known for being a mighty hunter, does it mean that he was good at shooting deer, very much like Esau was before his father, Isaac? Would this be significant enough for the Bible to record and to even mention that he was a good hunter before God? The Hebrew phrase gibbor tzayid [גִבֹּֽר־ צַ֖יִד] and Septuagint γιγας κυνηγος [gigas kunegos], implies he was a hunter with a dual nature of human and angel / god (not that he was hunting for giants). The Bible mentions his ability because he was a perversion that God noticed (not simply because he was good with a bow for catching his dinner). 

The phrase “before the Lord” suggests that Nimrod was boastfully defying God, just like his father, Enlil. It is also the same language as found in the prohibition “You shall have no other gods before Me [על פני]” (Exod 20:3), thereby suggesting Nimrod was set up as the other god before God’s face. Jesus states in John, “For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed” (John 3:20). (See Appendix 2 What is Evil?). Nimrod was unashamedly doing his exploits in the open for all, including God, to see. In the Epic of Gilgamesh, the hero, Gilgamesh, did not care what the “gods” thought of his exploits. Ninurta, Marduk and others were worshipped openly and in defiance of what God thought of them.  

The Jerusalem Targum equates Nimrod’s “hunting” with a brazen disregard for the commands of God; it was Nimrod who encouraged men to follow his judgments rather than the judgments of Shem, who was following God’s directions. According to the Targum, Nimrod was not hunting for game to eat, but he was hunting men. He was a warrior:  

He was mighty in hunting and in sin before the Lord; for he was a hunter of the sons of men in their languages. And he said to them, Leave the judgments of Shem (who is following God), and adhere to the judgments of Nimrod. On this account it is said, As Nimrod the mighty, mighty in hunting and in sin before the Lord (Jerusalem Targum). 

The ancient historian Josephus relays more of this understanding of Nimrod, who, he says, swore to avenge the fathers for what God had done in the Flood.  

Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence upon his own power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to be able to reach! and that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers!xiv 

In the cylinder seal depicted in Figure 28 below, we can see Ninurta in action hunting. We see Ninurta’s star-studded bow with stars of eight-points, and on top of his head, he has ten horns. Ninurta is standing on an Anzu bird, or Mušuššu, or possibly Bašmu.  

He was a bearded god (Ninurta), … with star-tipped crossed bow-cases on his back, a sword at his belt, and a sickle-sword hanging from his right arm, draws a star-studded bow and aims an arrow at a rampant lion-griffin.xv 

Amar Annus notes how the lion hunt also fell into Ninurta’s domain in his capacity as the “god of hunting,” xvi a role that is amply attested in the iconography. Thus, we see that Nimrod was a hunter, but not for game. He was a hybrid, a chimera and the son of Satan, the Son of Perdition. His actions were so deplorable that God took notice, and that was okay by Nimrod. He even flaunted it with the Akitu festival by showboating his great success at stealing the world.  

NIMROD’S LIFESPAN 

If there is one thing in which we can take solace when a tyrant rises to power, it is that his life will typically end in less than a century. Nimrod, however, was a tyrant who would have lived for hundreds of years. Though Scripture does not tell us specifically how long he lived, we can estimate based on the lives of his first cousins. We know that Noah begat Ham who begat Canaan, who begat Cush, who begat Nimrod. Hence, Nimrod was in the fourth generation from Noah, and Noah lived until the ripe age of 950 years (Gen 9:29). Thereafter, the life spans decreased dramatically. Shem died at 600 (Gen 11:10–11), and his son Arphaxad lived 437 years (Gen 11:12–13). His son Salah lived 433 years (Gen 11:14–15), which was the fourth generation from Noah. So, we can extrapolate that Nimrod, who was also of the fourth generation, would have had a natural life of approximately 430 years.  

Once again, the Bible is by no means alone in stating that ancient people lived exceptionally long lives compared to today. The ancient Mesopotamian writings of the same period speak of the Flood as a fact as much as we would speak of World War II. It did not need explanation; everyone knew what it was. It was just part of the historical landscape. The Fields of Ninurta, an unpublished composition going back to the Ur III period, depicts Ninurta in charge of all fields in the Nippur area (Civil 1994: 98).” xvii A syncretism of Ninurta was Ningirsu. In a work of Sumerian literature, The Rulers of Lagaš, Ningirsu is credited with the invention of agricultural tools.  

After the flood had swept over and brought about the destruction of the countries; when mankind was made to endure, and the seed of mankind was preserved and the black-headed people all rose; when An and Enlil called the name of mankind and established rulership, but kingship and the crown of the city had not yet come out from heaven, and Ningirsu had not yet established for the multitude of well-guarded (?) people the pickaxe, the spade, the earth basket and the plough, which mean life for the Land – in those days, the carefree youth of man lasted for 100 years and, following his upbringing, he lasted for another 100 years.xviii 

According to that composition, centenarians were still regarded as kids, (just like in Isaiah 65:20). Then after the tender age of one hundred, people could expect to live until two hundred years of age. For Nimrod, therefore, it would have been normal for him to have lived until he was into his four hundredth year. However, due to becoming a gibbor, he likely lived far longer than his normal life expectancy; he would have essentially been immortal, unless killed outright.  

SATAN’S POWERS BECAME NIMROD’S  

We also need to consider the powers that Satan would have afforded Nimrod. Whether he was able to use all of these, we cannot say. However, we do know that the coming Beast will receive and utilize all of Satan’s power, throne, and great authority (Rev 13:2). Thus, it is likely that Nimrod was able to exploit some or all of these powers, such as:  

  • Astral perception: perceive the true forms of beings that are invisible to the human eye. 
  • 2 Cor 11:14 And no wonder! For Satan himself transforms himself into an angel of light.  
  • Biokinesis: manipulate biological aspects.  
  • Exod 7:11 But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 
  • Job 2:7 So Satan went out from the presence of the LORD, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head. 
  • Electrokinesis: control electrical things.  
  • Rev 13:13 He performs great signs, so that he even makes fire come down from heaven on the earth in the sight of men.  
  • Flight 
  • Rev 8:13 And I looked, and I heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice. 
  • Pathokinesis: make people feel a certain way. 
  • Eph 6:11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  
  • Power augmentation: enhance people’s abilities. 
  • Exod 7:11 But Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers; so the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments.  
  • Power granting: give a slice of his power. 
  • Rev 13:2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. The dragon gave him his power, his throne, and great authority.  
  • Power negation: keep lesser beings from using their powers. 
  • Mark 9:25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!”  
  • Precognition: forecast the future. 
  • Rev 12:12 Woe to the inhabitants of the earth and the sea! For the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has a short time.  
  • Telepathy: read minds and influence emotions.  
  • Matt 16:23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.” 
  • Teleportation: travel anywhere in the universe without occupying space in between. 
  • Matt 4:5 Then the devil took Him up into the holy city, set Him on the pinnacle of the temple.  
  • Matt 4:8 Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory.  
  • Thermokinesis: alter temperatures drastically. 
  • Job 1:16 While he was still speaking, another also came and said, “The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”  
  • Weather manipulation 
  • Job 1:19 “and suddenly a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”  
  • Mark 4:39 Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Peace, be still!” And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.  

Merging of Satan and Nimrod-BW

In summary, we can visualize the merging of Satan and Nimrod as follows: Satan and Nimrod begin as completely separate, then they fuse together in the “gibbor” state, then they become fully one, as Satan and the Antichrist (Beast) will be. We will see another example of this in the tale of Gilgamesh.