Sumer – the first civilization after the flood.

After the confusion of the Tower of Babel, the rise of the Sumerian civilization began, in 2300 BC. It was called ‘The Cradle of Civilization’; referring to the region of Mesopotamia in the Fertile Crescent. “This region was home to ten ancient cultures – Sumerian, Akkadian, Babylonian, Hittite, Phoenician, Hebrew, Assyrian, Chaldean, Median, and Persian – which made important contributions to world history. The three oldest Sumerian settlements were at Eridu, Uruk, and Ur along the lower Euphrates. Sumer (aka Shinar), the southernmost region of the Mesopotamian plain, was the site of the first postdiluvian civilization.”[1]

The Epic of Gilgamesh

Found in Mesopotamia, we have access to the oldest remaining work of literature – the Epic of Gilgamesh – outside of the Bible. The main character is Gilgamesh, and he is believed by many to be Nimrod. In the epic, Gilgamesh is two-thirds god and one-third man. He is the king of Uruk and was the strongest of all the warriors. This character is known to be based off a real man and has been worshiped by the people of Sumer, long after his death. The epic was written on eleven tablets and in Akkadian (the Babylonian tongue).  In the epic, it contains a flood account and a character named Utnapishtim (aka the Biblical character Noah).

Tablet_V_of_the_Epic_of_Gligamesh

When Noah built the ark, he placed every kind of animal in it (which included all the dinosaurs). The Bible describes Nimrod as a mighty hunter, and as described in literature, he was much larger and stronger than the average man. According to fossil records, dinosaurs and men lived in very different areas; while man lived in dry and upland habitats, dinosaurs lived in wetlands. But, when looking at the typography of ancient Mesopotamia (aka the Fertile Crescent) it may have possibly been home to dinosaurs due to its location. “Extra-Biblical sources affirm that Nimrod hunted fearsome animals in his younger years. These animals threatened people living in the wilderness. Nimrod probably developed an early reputation by eliminating some of these animals from the Mesopotamian valley.”[2] Imagine the respect you would give a man who hunted and killed terrifying and monstrous dinosaurs like velociraptors and tyrannosaurus rexes!

Early Sumerian religion/mythology

 “Altogether the total number of deities whose names have been found in the Sumerian/Akkadian texts is more than three thousand. The oldest such list presently known was found at Tell Fara (city in modern day Iraq) and dates from about 2600 B.C. It begins with six chief deities of the Sumerian pantheon – An, Enlil, Inanna, Enki, Nanna, and Utu – and also includes the deified rulers Lugalbanda and Gilgamesh, both of whom appear in the Sumerian King List as kings of Uruk.[3]

In the Bible, in Ezekiel 8; the prophet describes a vision from the Lord on idolatry in the temple: (see vs. 1-9)

10 So I went in and saw; and behold every form of creeping things, and abominable beasts, and all the idols of the house of Israel, pourtrayed upon the wall round about. 11 And there stood before them seventy men of the ancients of the house of Israel, and in the midst of them stood Jaazaniah the son of Shaphan, with every man his censer in his hand; and a thick cloud of incense went up. 12 Then said he unto me, Son of man, hast thou seen what the ancients of the house of Israel do in the dark, every man in the chambers of his imagery? for they say, the Lord seeth us not; the Lord hath forsaken the earth. 13 He said also unto me, Turn thee yet again, and thou shalt see greater abominations that they do. 14 Then he brought me to the door of the gate of the Lord’s house which was toward the north; and, behold, there sat women weeping for Tammuz.”

Nimrod Connection:

“Tammuz and Nimrod are names for the SAME person.[4] Myths from civilizations of antiquity describe the sun god (deified Nimrod) fathered Tammuz using a sunbeam to impregnate the maiden Semiramis. (see the connection with the trinity?) The result was a re-incarnate Nimrod. Mythology portrays Semiramis as married to god and mother of that same god.”[5]

“Historical records of those ruling after Nimrod are somewhat confusing, but there is general agreement between them. Confusion arises because different names were attributed to the same kings by different civilizations. This confusion is easily understood in light of the various languages and civilizations that arose following the human dispersion from Babel. Gilgamesh of Mesopotamia was likely the real son of Semiramis. His Egyptian name was Horus. Gilgamesh and thus Horus are both described similarly in legends of antiquity. Each claimed legitimate inheritance to the emperor’s throne, and legends describe the Queen of heaven birthing both of them – Isis in Egypt and Ishtar in Babylon. Mythology describes a spirit god fathered both of them.”[6]

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Nimrod is the father of mythology.

(see next post for Babylonian and Egyptian connections!)

 

[1]Combee, Jerry, and George Thompson. History of Civilization. Pensacola: Beka Book, 2013. Print.

[2] Alexander Hislop; “The Two Babylons;” pg. 44-46, et al Quoted in Merrill, Steven C. Nimrod: Darkness in the Cradle of Civilization. United States of America: Xulon, 2004. Print.

[3] Finegan, Jack. Myth and Mystery: An Introduction to the Pagan Religions of the Biblical World. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1989. Print.

 

[4] Alexander Hislop; “The Two Babylons;” pg. 56, 62, 68-70, et al Quoted in Merrill, Steven C. Nimrod: Darkness in the Cradle of Civilization. United States of America: Xulon, 2004. Print.

[5] Alexander Hislop; “The Two Babylons;” pg. 22, 43, 86-88, 162, et al Quoted in Merrill, Steven C. Nimrod: Darkness in the Cradle of Civilization. United States of America: Xulon, 2004. Print.

[6] Merrill, Steven C. Nimrod: Darkness in the Cradle of Civilization. United States of America: Xulon, 2004. Print.