Author: Ralph Woodrow
Shows that claims about Babylonian origins often lack connection - takes a closer look at the oft-quoted The Two Babylons by Alexander Hislop providing some much needed clarification on the subject.
EXCERPT: Suppose we could go back in time--back to the days of ancient Babylon. What kind of religion would we find being practiced there?
According to Alexander Hislop we would find people attending a mass partaking of a little round wafer worshiping a cross going to confession being baptized with water for the remission of sins burning wax candles and bowing before a divine Mother and Child. We would notice that places of worship featured a tower. Priests wearing a circular tonsure dressed in black garments would give those who died the last rites. With monks and nuns in abundance the Babylonians would be practicing essentially all the rites known today in the Roman catholic Church!
According to Alexander Hislop it all started with Nimrod and his wife Semiramis thus the subtitle of The Two Babylons: "the Papal Worship Proved to Be the Worship of Nimrod and His Wife." But any information about Nimrod and Semiramis in history books is at best sketchy. In the Bible Nimrod "the mighty hunter" is only mentioned four times--and his wife is never mentioned! Nevertheless Hislop claims to know all kinds of detailed information about Nimrod and his wife....By now the reader may be asking the obvious question: Where does Hislop get all this information? The answer is clear. Based on mere similarities he merges a variety of mythological stories together so that the hero in each becomes Nimrod.
The Bible says Nimrod was a "mighty one"; in mythology Hercules was a mighty one or giant--so Hercules must have been Nimrod! Nimrod was known as "a mighty hunter"; in mythology Orion is called the Hunter--so Orion must have been Nimrod! The building of the Tower of Babylon is commonly linked with Nimrod; in mythology Kronos was the king of the Cyclops who invented tower-building--so Kronos must have been Nimrod!....
And so by citing similarities and ignoring differences Hislop supposes that all kinds of goddesses were but variations of one goddess--a deified Semiramis of Babylon! But by this method one could conclude that Mary Baker Eddy, Ellen G. White and Aimee Semple Mcpherson were the same woman!....
Bearing in mind that Hislop's subtitle is "The papal worship proved to be the worship of Nimrod and his wife" I have carefully checked the articles on "Nimrod" and "Semiramis" in many recognized reference works....NOT ONE SAYS ANYTHING ABOUT NIMROD AND SEMIRAMIS BEING HUSBAND AND WIFE! Not only is there no mention of Nimrod being married to Semiramis the information given tends to rule this out entirely. The Encyclopedia Britannica and The Encyclopedia Americana say Semiramis or Summu-ramat as she was called by the Assyrians was the wife of Shamshi-Adad V who reigned 823-811 B.C. Nimrod by all accounts would have lived much earlier than this! Instead of Nimrod and Semiramis being husband and wife they did not even live in the same century!
TABLE OF CONTENTS: 1. Babylonian Religion? 2. Babylonian Beginnings? 3. The Mother and Child. 4. "Mystery Babylon" 5. Babylonian Symbolism? 6. Pagan Conspiracy? 7. Fact or Fable? 8. Pagan Connection? 9. Excess Baggage.
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