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Nimrod: The Founder Of This World's Civilization
Nimrod, the founder of this world's civilization, was a black man. He was the son of Cush, and the prophet Jeremiah asked the question: "Can a Cushite [Ethiopian] change his skin?" (Jer. 13:23)
The biblical narrative concerning Nimrod can be found in Genesis 10:8-12. "Cush became the father of Nimrod, who was the first potentate on earth" (Gen. 10:8, New American Bible). He was also "a mighty hunter before the LORD" (Gen. 10:9).
With the reign of Nimrod, about 2192 B.C., the history of civilization begins. He is credited with being founder of both Babylon and Nineveh, two of the ancient world's greatest cities (Gen. 10:10, 11). His invasion of Assyria was actually a violent intrusion of Hamitic power into a Shemitic territory. "He extended his reign to Assyria" (Gen. 10:11).
There is even some evidence that Nimrod may have been one of the earliest Pharaoh's of Egypt. For example, the constellation of Orion depicts a legendary hunter of antiquity (Nimrod?); and there is speculation that the builders of the Giza Pyramids deliberately arranged them to represent Orion's belt. Likewise, because of the prognathous jaw and fleshly lips of the Sphinx some have referred to it as " the Black African Sphinx." Thus the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx may have been built to commemorate Nimrod's reign.
On to Egypt
A Doctor of Theology, who shall remain anonymous, wrote the following concerning Nimrod and early Egypt:
"The tombs of all the famous heroes who founded Babel are located in Egypt. Egypt early became the second center of civilization. One can now easily understand why both Babylonians and Egyptians claimed to be the first people in the world -- claimed their civilization and their religious customs were the earliest. In Egypt we now trace the history of what occurred immediately after Babel.
"Egyptian history opens with Dynasty I. Its capital was Thinis in Upper Egypt. The names of the first four rulers of Dynasty I are Menes, Athothis, Kenkenes and Uenephes. The spelling of the names is from the Greek of Manetho. The early Egyptian forms vary slightly. Who were these famous individuals?
"Let the Egyptians themselves provide the answer. Athothis, Egypt's second king, was Osiris. The tomb of Athothis at Abydos was 'the sepulcher of the god Osiris, and, as such, became the shrine to which millions of pilgrims made their way,' declared Arthur Weigall in 'A History of the Pharaohs,' vol. I, page 111. The Egyptian god Osiris was the Baal of the Phoenicians, the Marduk of the Babylonians, the Tammuz of the Semites, the Nimrod of the Bible."
This source maintains that Nimrod was Egypt's second king. Apparently, Nimrod left Assyria and migrated to Egypt, becoming its second and possibly its greatest Pharaoh.