UPDATE: After publishing this I learned that Nimrod was not a very aspirational character. 😬
“Cush was also the ancestor of Nimrod, who was the first heroic warrior on earth.” Genesis 10:8
At my church we’re doing a read-through of the Bible in the first 6 months of 2021. I’m always struck by how many things are made relevant at different readings. I’m sure I’ve read this passage many times but just skipped right over it but this time I was struck by how important it was for God to make mention of Nimrod being the first heroic warrior. Now, until this point, I was only aware of the negative use of “nimrod” – I mean, other than the Marvel character Nimrod (who has a prevalent role in the House of X storyline (one of the most beautifully illustrated comics ever BUT I DIGRESS! 😳))
I looked it up and apparently nimrod became a pejorative because that’s how Bugs Bunny would *ironically* address Elmer Fudd back in the day. These older references are always interesting to me because it makes me wonder if biblical literacy was so much better at the time that people would largely understand this reference? Or was it just an inside joke for just a few?
I’m interested to read where else he shows up in the Old Testament! 💪🗡