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Nimrod Ruined

Putting recent Iraq events in perspective

Sadly, we saw this on the BBC news last night (March 5, 2015). The attachments show winged lions with human heads. Evelyn and I photographed these in 2002 at Calah (just south of Mosul, Iraq). They no longer exist.
Nimrod Ruined thanks to Roy Turkington

A few days ago, ISIS militants decided to bulldoze the site although the extent of the damage has not yet been verified. The news showed these lions being destroyed; they date back to approximately 850 B.C.

Nimrod Ruined thanks to Roy Turkington

Interestingly, Calah is also called Nimrud (or Nimrod) and according to Genesis 10 it was Nimrod who built this city. The King James calls him “a mighty warrior” which is a correct, but very misleading, interpretation of his name.

Nimrod Ruined thanks to Roy Turkington

The name Nimrod means “rebellious” or the wicked or evil one - not a mighty warrior in a good sense but rather an evil tyrant who led a rebellion against God. Nimrod is probably better known outside the Bible as Gilgamesh.

Nimrod Ruined thanks to Roy Turkington

I find it interesting that the city was built by an evil tyrant who led a rebellion against God, and now it has been destroyed by ISIS...

An evil tyrant who led a rebellion against God - by Roy Turkington, Professor of Plant Ecology, University of British Columbia

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