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Sunday, May 18, 2014

The Hidden History Of Esau In The Apocrypha


Esau killed The Great Monolith Builder Nimrod When He Trespassed On His Hunting Grounds

I'd meant to mention this in my book when I get around to writing it but thought I'd post it here just for the interest.

This is from the Book of Jasher, apocrypha disowned by the Church at the First Council of Nicea in 325 A.D. despite it being mentioned in scripture in at least two places.


The Book of Jasher is full of non-canon details which seemed too mythological to include by the early founders of Christianity.

The official canon left this out but apparently this is some kind of oral record of a monolith builder (Tower of Babel) who went too far into Neanderthal territory and got himself killed despite bringing fifty some men with him, who (as usual) did not appear to be able to defend their boss from one lone Neanderthal in the woods. Since Nimrod is mentioned in many mythological records outside of the Bible he seems to be some sort of summary archetypal character intended to stand in for all the monolith builders and the ruling class, being recognized by freemasons themselves as the very first mason. In addition, he is said to have plied men with mushrooms and hallucinogens to convince them of his fantastic stories of wild boars lurking outside the city in order to gain their allegiance. He could be considered one of the first people to realize the power of suggestion to shape men's minds. If he was alive today he'd probably own a television network.

In several narratives he is depicted as tall in stature and having six fingers.

Even in the modern era, Nimrod is instinctively depicted as being a somewhat alien looking ruler with an exotic head. The falcon on his shoulder is associated with his uncanny ability to seemingly know everything that is going on through his familiar. Kind of a symbol for the NSA or similar apparatus in the modern world.

The implication even in this obscure oral record is that Neanderthals were such ultimate bad-asses that even the ruling class were not safe encroaching on their territory. Esau killed him singlehandedly despite the fact he was accompanied by a small heavily armored brigade.

Flavius Josephus has some interesting detail to add about Nimrod:
"Now it was Nimrod who excited them to such an affront and contempt of God. He was the grandson of Ham, the son of Noah, a bold man, and of great strength of hand. He persuaded them not to ascribe it to God, as if it were through his means they were happy, but to believe that it was their own courage which procured that happiness. He also gradually changed the government into tyranny, seeing no other way of turning men from the fear of God, but to bring them into a constant dependence on his power. He also said he would be revenged on God, if he should have a mind to drown the world again; for that he would build a tower too high for the waters to reach. And that he would avenge himself on God for destroying their forefathers.
Now the multitude were very ready to follow the determination of Nimrod, and to esteem it a piece of cowardice to submit to God; and they built a tower, neither sparing any pains, nor being in any degree negligent about the work: and, by reason of the multitude of hands employed in it, it grew very high, sooner than any one could expect; but the thickness of it was so great, and it was so strongly built, that thereby its great height seemed, upon the view, to be less than it really was. It was built of burnt brick, cemented together with mortar, made of bitumen, that it might not be liable to admit water. When God saw that they acted so madly, he did not resolve to destroy them utterly, since they were not grown wiser by the destruction of the former sinners; but he caused a tumult among them, by producing in them diverse languages, and causing that, through the multitude of those languages, they should not be able to understand one another. The place wherein they built the tower is now called Babylon, because of the confusion of that language which they readily understood before; for the Hebrews mean by the word Babel, confusion…"
 The death of Nimrod is described with clarity only in the Book of Jasher and it is attributed there to no less than the enigmatic Esau, who had a very rich narrative of his own in the Dead Sea Scrolls and other apocrypha. Is it intended to demonstrate Esau is fundamentally a superheroic sort of character since Nimrod is the emblematic symbol of super-villainy in dozens of mythological traditions?

14 comments:

njartist said...

Nimrod along with his wife Semiramis are the founders of the Babylonian Mystery religion; their "son" is Tammuz. Throughout pagan religions - the mystery religion under different aspects - these three are always prominent under different names: Osiris and Isis and Horus - who also had the owl as an emblem; so we are talking about the reincarnation of Nimrod - are the Egyptian versions; Semiramis is also know as the Queen of Heaven: in Roman Catholicism, she was given the name Mary in order to deceive the multitudes. Lent is the mourning of Tammuz. The virgin and child motif is Semiramis ans Tammuz and it is spread throughout paganism.

njartist said...

Other writings I've come across declare that Shem - Shem lived a long time, perhaps even into Jacob's generation - killed Nimrod as a judgement of his wickedness ans scattered his parts, The reconstruction of the body of Osiris by Isis is the pagan/Babylonian response to this occurrence.

Nimrod's kingdom is also known as Shinar. Here we have Abraham fighting the kings.

Luke said...

Verse 12, where Esau sells his birthright to Jacob, intersecting with Genesis, gave me chills.

Sitara said...

China is evacuating it's citizens from Vietnam as 3000 of them were butchered in the streets some hours ago. Chinese troops and battleships are moving into position as well as artillery units.

China carefully watched the Russia and Ukraine conflict and noticed NATO did not raise a finger. The same in 2008 against Georgia.

It appears that finally, the Dragon is awakening.

I think Vietnam will be a trial run for the PLA to try out it's new toys, tactics, strategy and world reaction. The main prize is ofcourse, Taiwan.

Sitara said...

China is evacuating it's citizens from Vietnam as 3000 of them were butchered in the streets some hours ago. Chinese troops and battleships are moving into position as well as artillery units.

China carefully watched the Russia and Ukraine conflict and noticed NATO did not raise a finger. The same in 2008 against Georgia.

It appears that finally, the Dragon is awakening.

I think Vietnam will be a trial run for the PLA to try out it's new toys, tactics, strategy and world reaction. The main prize is ofcourse, Taiwan.

samhuih said...

I read the link and it says Esau snuck up on Nimrod and cut his head off. I'm not a Nimrod apologist but I find this behavior unseemly.

njartist said...

Sitara, you have misread the news:
Sixteen critically injured Chinese citizens were flown out of Vietnam on Sunday morning on a chartered medical plane organized by Chinese authorities, Xinhua said.
Two Chinese citizens were killed and more than 100 others were injured in the violence that hit parts of Vietnam last week, according to the news agency.


theepilgrim said...

My brothers and I used to call each other "nimrod" when we were kids(synonymous with "dimwit"). I think we got it from Bugs Bunny cartoons where apparently Bugs would call Elmer Fudd "poor little nimrod" (an obscure reference for a kids' cartoon, don't you think?)

It's interesting how Bugs would always tunnel underground to escape from Fudd's relentless pursuit. Also, I just learned Elmer Fudd evolved from an earlier character called "Egghead" (melonhead?)

bicebicebice said...

http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the-collection-online?tabname=date-era

Sitara said...

@njarist

Whoops yes what I meant was 3000 were being evacuated because many have been injured and/or killed. Sorry :P

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/18/world/asia/vietnam-china-tensions/

It is going to be interesting to see what happens next. I think Japan and Vietnam might unite against China, goaded on by NATO

Sitara said...

@njarist

Whoops yes what I meant was 3000 were being evacuated because many have been injured and/or killed. Sorry :P

http://edition.cnn.com/2014/05/18/world/asia/vietnam-china-tensions/

It is going to be interesting to see what happens next. I think Japan and Vietnam might unite against China, goaded on by NATO

FrankNorman said...

@samhuih
The tactic used by Esau might seem dishonorable to you, but in its context it would make a valid point.
If old Nimmy and his pet bird were so all-knowing, how come they got caught by surprise like that?

styrac1 said...

Tex, I don't think that the rationale behind excluding from the cannon the Book of Jasher and other apocrypha was that they were
too mythological since the inclusion of the Old Testament by and large was meant to provide the new religion of Christianity
with the mythological framework necessary to win acceptance with the majority of the public at the time. Without the salting with myths,miracles and "ancient" sacred books it would be impossible for Christianity to gain a foothold and the Church Fathers were aware of this, being familiar with Plato with whom this view originated in the first place. So the more mythological the better for them, I think
the reasons they weren't included were different and not a matter for a debate here.

One of the sources outside the Bible mentioning Nimrod is in Homer's Odyssey where he is "Orion the mighty hunter" and
the description matches the one that you provide:

http://www.theoi.com/Text/DiodorusSiculus4D.html

"And after him I marked Orion huge, driving wild beasts together o’er the mead of asphodel, the beasts that he himself had slain on lonely hills; and in his hands he held a mace, ever unbroken, all of bronze."

"These were the tallest men that ever earth, giver of grain, did rear, and goodliest by far, save for Orion, famed abroad."

Orion was of course also associated with Osiris.

Grognard said...

I'd love to see a movie where Esau kills Nimrod with an old jaw bone.

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