The first detail Josephus brings out regarding Nimrod and the Tower of Babel, was that God commanded the people to send out colonies, to spread out and fill the earth, and that in response to this command, Noah divided the earth among his grandchildren. The Scriptures confirm this, for in Gen 9:1, God said to Noah and his sons after they left the ark, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth.”
Then in Gen 10:25, it says of Eber, a descendant of Shem: “To Eber were born two sons: the name of the one was Peleg, for in his days the earth was divided.” Peleg was among the fifth generation born after the Flood, and by doing some math, we can see that by the fifth generation, the eight persons which emerged from the ark would have by then become sufficient in number to send out colonies to fill the earth.
The second detail Josephus brings out is that the people refused to obey this command or go to their places which Noah had assigned to them, and that it was Nimrod who led them into this rebellion. The Scriptures confirm this detail, for it says in Gen 11:1-4, that the whole earth had one language, that the whole earth settled in Shinar, and that they began building a tower to prevent themselves from being dispersed over the earth.
That it was Nimrod who led in this rebellion, the Hebrew used in Genesis confirms, for Jones’ Dictionary of Old Testament Proper Names tells us that the name “Nimrod” means:
“Rebel,” “to be rebellious,” from the root maradh, to be rebellious, to be contumacious (Gen 14:4); to rebel against God, by worshiping idols (Josh 22:16); to oppose light (Job 24:13).
The Scriptures also confirm Nimrod’s leadership by making him the king of Babel in Gen 10:10.
Josephus further adds that the people thought that it was due to their own power and courage that they were prosperous. Power, courage, and strength or might, are the very characteristics which Scripture ascribes to Nimrod in Gen 10:8-11. It only makes sense that if Nimrod was the one to lead the people to rebel against God, it would be with reasoning that made the most sense to himself as an individual.
While the above might not be construed as “proof” in the classical sense, the fact that the evidence of Scripture is completely consistent with the details of Josephus examined thus far is an argument in favor of considering Josephus’ details examined thus far as historical.
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