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More Assyrian studies from Alex :-)
Shlama Akhay,

There seems to be a strong disagreement concerning the popularly-held meaning of 'Nimrod' in The Two Babylons.

{Quoting Alexander Hislop}
This Negro-featured Osiris is clothed from head to foot in a spotted dress, the upper part being a leopard's skin, the under part also being spotted to correspond with it. Now the name Nimrod * signifies "the subduer of the leopard."

* "Nimr-rod"; from Nimr, a "leopard," and rada or rad "to subdue." According to invariable custom in Hebrew, when two consonants come together as the two rs in Nimr-rod, one of them is sunk. Thus Nin-neveh, "The habitation of Ninus," becomes Nineveh. The name Nimrod is commonly derived from Mered, "to rebel"; but a difficulty has always been found in regard to this derivation, as that would make the name Nimrod properly passive not "the rebel," but "he who was rebelled against." There is no doubt that Nimrod was a rebel, and that his rebellion was celebrated in ancient myths; but his name in that character was not Nimrod, but Merodach, or, as among the Romans, Mars, "the rebel"; or among the Oscans of Italy, Mamers (SMITH), "The causer of rebellion."
Etc., etc.
{End of quote from Alexander Hislop}

To go into more detail on this expression 'leopard-subduer,' The Two Babylons quotes ancient authorities to the effect that Nimrod was among the first (if not the first after the flood) to employ dogs AND leopards in hunting wild game.

Nimrod the 'leopard-subduer' !!!! <!-- s:rockedover: --><img src="{SMILIES_PATH}/rockdover.gif" alt=":rockedover:" title="Rocked Over" /><!-- s:rockedover: -->

Shlama w'Burkate, Larry Kelsey
The ancient Assyrians loved to hunt, especially lions...

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+Shamasha Paul bar-Shimun de'Beth-Younan
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