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The First Mighty Man

After The Flood, the earth was re-populated through the families of The Sons Of Noah - Shem, Ham and Japheth. Among the descendants of Ham was Nimrod (Genesis 10:6-12), one of the greatest warriors and city-builders of the ancient world. The Bible refers to him as "the first mighty man."


Nimrod's ancestry:

"The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. The sons of Cush: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. The sons of Raamah: Sheba and Dedan. Cush became the father of Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. " (Genesis 10:6-8 RSV)

Nimrod's kingdom:

"He was a mighty hunter before The Lord; therefore it is said, "Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before The Lord." The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, and Accad, all of them in the land of Shinar. From that land he went into Assyria, and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city." (Genesis 10:9-12 RSV)

Nimrod is considered to be the founder of both of the cities that grew into the great empires that would later conquer the divided kingdom of Israel, Israel and Judah:

Fact Finder: Which of Nimrod's cities did the prophet Jonah (most famous for his adventure with a whale) warn to repent?
Jonah 1:2

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