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It is the parenthesis that fills verses It comes in the middle of the table of nations and, in a sense, interrupts it. These verses deal, not with the general movements of peoples and nations, but with one particular descendant of Cush, Nimrod, who is said to have been the founder of the first world empire.
Here is the first place in the Bible where the word "kingdom" occurs. Significantly, it is used, not of God's kingdom as it is laterbut of this first rival kingdom of Nimrod.
This matter was obviously of great importance to Moses, for a related parenthesis occurs in the first nine verses of chapter 11, in the story of the tower of Babel. What is so significant about Nimrod?
The fact that he established cities and built a kingdom is important, of course. But there is much more that can be said.
Nimrod was the first person to become a "mighty" man. Our text calls attention to this by using the adjective "mighty" three times in describing him: The adjective also occurs in a similar way in 1 Chronicles 1: Why is this emphasized?
Is it good or bad? A little thought will show that it is bad.
The empire of Babylon under Nimrod was an affront both to God and man, an affront to God in that it sought to do without God Gen. Martin Luther was on the right track when he suggested that this is the way the word "hunter" should be interpreted.
This is not talking about Nimrod's ability to hunt wild game. He was not a hunter of animals. He was a hunter of men--a warrior.
It was through his ability to fight and kill and rule ruthlessly that his kingdom of Euphrates valley city states was consolidated. One commentator renders this paragraph:- Animal Farm as a Fable Traditional fables are moral stories that usually feature animals. Aesop's Fables, which are probably the most well known, tell tales about animals that have clearly human characteristics, like the sly fox, the patient crow and the selfish dog.
Scientists have observed that virgin conceptions (parthenogenesis) occurr in nature, but only in much smaller animals that humans; it has never been observed as ocurring in humans, except in unique births as mentioned in religions myths and documents.
Fables and trickster tales are short narratives that use animal characters with human features to convey folk wisdom and to help us understand human nature and human behavior. These stories were originally passed down through oral tradition and were eventually written down.
Before starting this essay I would like to give a short definition about what is a fable. "A fable is a short, pithy animal tale, most often told or written with a moral tagged on in the form of a proverb.
Thus to convey a moral is the aim of most fables, and the tale is the vehicle by which this. Essay Writing; Poems and Poets; What are Literary Devices; Citation. Fables often use animals as the main characters. They are presented with anthropomorphic characteristics, such as the ability to speak and to reason.
Fables personify the animal characters. Examples of Fable in Literature. Thus, a fable allows him to appeal more intensely to emotion than a political essay might enable him to do. Additionally, in the case of Animal Farm, the lighthearted, pastoral, innocent atmosphere of the story stands in stark contrast to the dark, corrupt, malignant tendencies that it attempts to expose.