We have established that Nimrod was the founder and first king of Babylon and that his deeds were attributed to Ninus his son. We also know that Cush, the son of Ham, was the father of Nimrod.
The German orientalist and Biblical critic Gesenius identifies Cush with Nebo, the prophetic god, one who was ringleader in bringing about the division of tongues.
Hyginus wrote: “For many ages men lived under the government of Jove, without cities and without laws, and all speaking one language. But after that Mercury interpreted the speeches of men (whence an interpreter is called Hermeneutes), the same individual distributed the nations. Then discord began.” (The Jove spoken of by Hyginus was not the Roman god, but rather Jehovah, God of the Hebrews.)
If Mercury, or Hermes, was the interpreter of the languages of mankind, this infers that the unity under which they once lived had shattered. How had this come about?
Peresh in the Chaldee language meant “to interpret” but in the language of the Greeks and Egyptians is was Peres, “to divide”. This would imply that Hermes or Cush was in fact behind the division of tongues. We have said in a previous post that the name Cush could also be translated, Chaos, god of Confusion. In the Roman persona of Janus, Cush carries a club. In the Chaldee the word for club comes from the word meaning “to scatter abroad, to break in pieces”. The confuser of tongues was the same man who caused the scattering abroad of the nations that once lived in peace, “without cities and without laws, all speaking one language.”
The Biblical account throws further light onto the subject. Genesis 11:1 agrees that at the time of Nimrod and his father, Cush, the whole earth was of one language, but an event took place that threw everything into confusion.
On a plain in the land of Shinar, a tower was built. This would have been a ziggurat, a step pyramid, erected for purposes of idolatrous worship.
Genesis 11:6 says that God looked at the tower and realised that, with their unity of speech and purpose, nothing mankind conceived in his imagination was beyond his ability to do. It had therefore become necessary to confound his language and scatter the peoples. The tower built in the land of Shinar became known as the Tower of Babel because of the babbling of men and women in the confusion of their tongues.
As we look back on these events, they may seem to have little bearing on the world today. In my next blog, I will show their absolute relevance. What was scattered through man’s rebellion is now being reversed, and the events taking place now are of vital importance to our future.
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