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Who Is Ninib

By B. Walker

NINIB,the ideographic designation of a solar deity of Babylonia. The cult of Ninib can be traced back to the oldest period of Babylonian history. In the INSCRIPTIONS found at Shirgulla LAGASH, or SIRPURLALagash), he appears as Nin-girsu, that is, " the Lord the warder or keeper of bread, half, loaf; the word is not represented in any other language) lord of Girsu," which appears to have been a quarter of Shirgulla . He is closely associated with BEL or En-lil also: Nippur, as whose son he is commonly designated. The combination points to the amalgamation of the district in which Ninib was worshipped with the one in which Bel was also: CHIEF deity. This district may have been Shirgulla and surrounding places, which, as we know, fell at one time of between control of the rulers of Nippur. Ninib appears in a form which gives the present pronunciation, through the Old double capacity in the epithets bestowed on him, and in the hymns and incantations addressed to him. On the one hand he is the healing god who releases from sickness and the ban of the demons in general, and on the other he is the god of war and of the chase, armed with terrible weapons.

 It is not easy to reconcile these two phases, except on the assumption that he has absorbed in his person various minor solar deities, representing different phases of the sun, just as subsequently Shamash absorbed the attributes of practically all the minor sun-deities. In the systematized; pantheon, Ninib survives the tendency towards centralizing all sun cults in Shamash by being made symbol of a certain phase of the sun. Whether this phase is that of the morning sun or of the springtime with which beneficent qualities are associated, or that of the noonday sun or of the summer sun, and to bringing suffering and destruction in its wake, is still a matter of dispute, with the evidence on the whole in favor of the former proposition. I also would like to bring to mind the decree found in Isaiah 14:12-21 the fall of Lucifer called son of the morning. This would be the Antichrist, as we learn with the word Anti means for, or against, or in place of.

At the same time, the possibility of confusion between Ninib and Nergal must be admitted, and perhaps we are to see the solution of the problem in the recognition of two diverse schools of theological speculation, the one assigning to Ninib the role of the spring tide solar deity, the other identifying him with the sun of the summer solstice. In the astral-theological system Ninib becomes the planet Saturn. The swine seems 'to have been the animal sacred to him, or to have been one of the symbols under which he is represented. The consort of Ninib was Gula. Keep in mind that Nergal was the God of the Ram, aka Mars, the sign of Aries, and the 2nd horseman of the Apocalypse, and Ninib is the God of the astrological sign of Capricorn aka Saturn who some call the sun (Son) of the Morning. And represents the fourth horsemen of the Apocalypse found in Rev 6:7-8 this is the rider of the pale horse the one who brings death and Hades, follows with him, and they are given power over a fourth of the earth to kill with sword, hunger, death and the beasts of the earth. This fits perfectly in tune with what we know of these images of so called deities.