[b-hebrew] b-hebrew Digest, Nimrod?

pporta at oham.net pporta at oham.net
Mon Mar 24 13:35:25 EDT 2008

after viewing the link you gave, I must humbly accept my ignorance on 
history issues.
But as regards grammar and to give an answer to your question my 
contribution will may be helpful.

"Adding "n" before the "m" it becomes an infinitive construct"
That is not exact.
Adding "n" as a prefix before "m" (first root consonant) and keeping the 
pattern vowel of this name (i-o) gives two results.

1. Infinitive absolute
2. Qal Imperfect (or future), first person plural

Take a look at www.oham.net/out/PI-t2/PI-t2-066.html and, within this, click 
at the link to P-t397.A

Then, I think that from a grammar viewpoint Nimrod does not mean "The rebel" 

1. To rebel (in a general way)
2. We will rebel

Maybe this helps.

Pere Porta
(Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain)

> First, what does the name Nimrod mean? It comes from the Hebrew verb 
> marad, meaning "rebel." Adding an "n" before the "m" it becomes an 
> infinitive construct, "Nimrod." (see Kautzsch 1910: 137 2b, also BDB 1962: 
> 597). The meaning then is "The Rebel." Thus "Nimrod" may not be the 
> character's name at all. It is more likely a derisive term of a type, a 
> representative, of a system that is epitomized in rebellion against the 
> Creator, the one true God. Rebellion began soon after the Flood as 
> civilizations were restored. At that time this person became very 
> prominent.
> go to
> http://www.christiananswers.net/dictionary/nimrod.html
> My question is, is this true?
> Eva Ritsema
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