Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz (quick version)
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Many people claim that Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz are the pagan trinity. Nimrod is the sun god, his wife was Semiramis and their son was Tammuz. There are many websites and youtube videos dedicated to proving their story. However the fact is this story is simply made up. The whole thing comes from the fictional work The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop. Whenever you see a claim regarding these 3 people you can guarantee that the source is either The Two Babylons or a work that used it as a source.
The story of Nimrod, Semiramis and Tammuz is not in the slightest bit biblical. The Bible never refers to the 3 together. Nimrod is mentioned just 4 times, Tammuz once and Semiramis not even once. Nimrod is never referenced as having a wife or a child.
Further to that there is not one single historical writing, including the talmud and the writings of Josephus, that places these 3 together before Alexander Hislop’s book, which was written in the 1850’s…..AD.
Hislop’s claims are fanciful and catch the attention of those with itchy ears. However his claims are historically and factually incorrect.
So the question must be asked, a question that is vitally important to the understanding of this theory. If nobody before Alexander Hislop had ever written about Nimrod , Semiramis and Tammuz together how did he come up with the theory in the first place?
The answer to this question is indeed much simpler than the way in which Alexander Hislop went about drawing his conclusion. Through assumption, comparative theology, the use of incorrect and inaccurate historical information, association, misrepresentation and a whole heap of amalgamating together numerous and unrelated ancient myths and stories based on similarities ,cherry picking pieces of information while simply ignoring others or imposing any one or any combination of the aforementioned. Alexander Hislop “creates” this story himself a story that is never told or known by anyone before him.
Hislop used historically incorrect information of Eusabius, Diodorus Siculus and Ctesias of Cnidus in particular, in his work and so came to conclusions that were simply shown incorrect when new historical data was found.
He links people together through nothing more than association in order to make one person seem like they are another, Nimrod and Ninus are just one example where he asserts that Ninus was simply another name for Nimrod.
It must be stated that there is no historical evidence that Semiramis lived at all, let alone at the time of Nimrod. She is almost certainly the amalgamation of a historical figure and Greek Goddesses created by classical Greek writers.
Hislop even dismissed parts of the Bible and changed their meanings in order to force his understanding into it.
There are many other myths from Greek to Egyption to Babylonian and Assyrian that Hislop simply glues together to form his story.
The simple fact is the story has no historical basis and when studied is shown completely fictional.
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