Nimrod (Hebrew: נִמְרוֹד Nimrôwd, nim-rode'; or נִמְרֹד Nimrôd; meaning in Hebrew: "Rebel",[1] "Rebellion", "the valiant"[2]), is the name given in Hebrew to describe the first Babylonian king of the land of Shinar (Babylonia) in the Hebrew Bible. Nimrod is described as a mighty hunter who allegedly establishes an empire in the area of Babylon and Assyria[2] after the Great Flood, according to several Bible passages.

Hebrew BibleEdit

According to the books of Genesis and Chronicles, Nimrod was the son of Cush, grandson of Ham, and great grandson of Noah; He is described as a mighty hunter, who establishes an empire in the area of Babylon and Assyria, called Shinar (שִׁנְעָר) in Hebrew.[3] He is the founder of the Kingdom of Babylon[1] after the flood (Compare to Jushur).


Nimrod is a Hebrew name that has been misapplied to similar sounding names such as the Mesopotamian god Ninurta, and the Akkadian kings Naram-Sin (2254–2218 BCE), and Tukulti-Ninurta I (1243–1207 BCE). The Hebrew name Nimrod is expressed to mean "rebel",[1] "rebellion", and/or "the valiant"[2]. The description of Nimrod's rulership in the Hebrew Bible, may be compared to the rulership of Jushur (Ngushur) who is listed in the Sumerian King List.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Gesenius' Hebrew-Chaldee Lexicon, Nimrod (נִמְרוֹד)
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Strong's H5248 - Nimrowd
  3. Strong's H8152 - Shin`ar