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There's too much information on him....
He was a popular figure and copyists throughout history have "borrowed" his name for various fanciful insertions into their own stories.
His actual name, used in scripture, appears to be a distortion for polemical/mockery reasons. He is considered quite evil in the scriptural context.
Nimrod, scriptural-ly, would be son of Ham (cham); and the appellation "hunter in the face of the Lord", indicates that he used his talent(s) in opposition to God.
Considering his ties to Ham (the son who attempted to use Noah's nakeness...) traditional founder of Egypt, and also to Babel (loosely linked to much later Babylon), the negative meaning of his name isn't surprising.
In the wikipedia article, is beging to tie his name to that of deities in the meopotamian area; and that makes sense -- because kings and rulers were called "gods" even in Hebrew usage ( Moses was also called that.... ) to refer to their position as executors of God's governing power through history;
Of course, Nimrod's character would be opposed to the usage of "gods" in any diminished sense.... :)
Thanks for the info. I found it quite interesting.
I did some more research. With my Haydock commentary on e-sword, Nimrod is not characterized as a "hunter of beasts" but of man instead. Nimrod appears to be a corrupt, tyrannical, and violent man. Even Josephus talks about Nimrod as being a violent man and one who caused men to rebel against God, suggesting that all happiness must come from man, not from God. He is described as an idolater and early heretic.
Again, quite interesting. I actually picked up "The Works of Josephus" yesterday so perhaps there is more information about Nimrod that Josephus talks about in his works. I suppose this is more of a motivation to actually read Josephus' literature.:)