I was doing a study on Genesis 10 and 11 looking into the difference’s of the two different accounts of the dispersing of the nations and I came upon this verse and wonder what it means when it says,
Gen. 10:8-9. "Now Cush became the father of Nimrod; he became a mighty one of the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD; therefore it is said, “Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD.”
So my question is, what made Nimrod a “mighty hunter before the LORD”? According to Britannica it says this about Nimrod.
There is some consensus among biblical scholars that the mention of Nimrod in Genesis is a reference not to an individual but to an ancient people in Mesopotamia. The description of Nimrod as a “mighty hunter before the Lord” is an intrusion in this context, but probably, like the historical notices, derived from some old Babylonian saga. However, no equivalent of the name has yet been found in the Babylonian or other cuneiform records. In character there is a certain resemblance between Nimrod and the Mesopotamian epic hero Gilgamesh.
I can agree with this view of the quote being a Mesopotamian/Babylonian saga. I was about to rebuttal the who idea that Nimrod could represent a people but then I thought how the people of Israel are often called the people of Jacob. So, maybe this Nimrod is a people who were mighty hunter’s in the ancient world that got remembered and passed on in the story of Genesis?