Bible Names A-G : Asshur


Asshur in Wikipedia (Hebrew: אַשּׁוּר‎; often also transliterated as Asshur to reflect the pointing of Hebrew letter 'ש' (Shin) in the Masoretic text, which doubles the 'ש'), was the second son of Shem, the son of Noah. Ashur's brothers were Elam, Aram, Arpachshad and Lud. The Hebrew text of Genesis 10:11 is somewhat ambiguous as to whether it was Ashur himself (e.g. as reads the KJV), or Nimrod (as in some other English translations) who built the cities of Nineveh, Resen, Rehoboth-Ir and Calah in Assyria, since the name Ashur can refer to either the person or the country.(Genesis 10:810)[1] The 1st century Judaeo-Roman historian Flavius Josephus further gives the following statement: "Ashur lived at the city of Nineve; and named his subjects Assyrians, who became the most fortunate nation, beyond others" (Antiquities, i, vi, 4).