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On Sunday, March 28, 2004, at 10:22  PM, Danny Wier wrote:
>> Unfortunately i don't have any of my books of traditional commentaries
>> with me, but i'm pretty sure it's because Nimrod is seen as an evil
>> dictator who rebelled against God.
>
> Is there any relation between Nimrod and the Marids (_ma:rid_ is
> Arabic for
> "rebellious" and "giant"), the most powerful and wicked of the Jinn?
> And
> between the Marids and the Nephilim?

Possibly, but you'd probably need to find someone who knows about
Arabo-Islamic lore to ask.  I can't remember hearing about Jinn in
Jewish lore.  There are Sheidim, though, which may be similar, I just
don't know enough about them or Jinn to make a good comparison.  But I
can't remember ever hearing anything about Nimrod being connected to
them.  Nephilim are generally explained in many (most?) traditional
Jewish commentaries as not actually being angels or other 'divine
beings' - the phrases |sons of God| and |daughters of Humanity| get
explained as kinds of dichotomies other than human/divine - things like
rulers/ruled, good/evil, Sethite/Cainite, but all completely human.


-Stephen (Steg)
  "Let them come.
   There is one dwarf yet in Moria who still draws breath."
      ~ gimli son of gloin, LotR:FotR (movie version, at least)