Finally, it also implies that the relationship between the weak and the strong would be formed in human society. People need some tools when they hunt animals. They might have begun to devise better tools to catch animals. Moreover, those who use better tools or who can catch larger beasts would have been perceived as strong men. From time to time, the tool for hunting an animal would have been the threat to people, and the people with good tools might have dominated others.

Indeed, it had become a reality. Genesis 10:8–9 introduces Nimrod, the grandson of Noah, as the first mighty warrior in the world and calls him a mighty hunter. Also, there is the expression “his country” in verse 10. It means a mighty hunter became the king of a nation.

This phenomenon had further developed. Genesis 12 introduced the Egyptian pharaoh and his officials. Abraham met them in Egypt while he was leaving Canaan for a while due to famine. Egypt was the most developed country at that time. Another historical book recorded that Abraham’s previous hometown was the place where Mesopotamian civilization occurred, and Egypt had also had its civilization at that time. In Abraham’s days, therefore, an empire and social strata among the people had already been formed, and the dynasty era had begun. Various tools, including weapons, had been developed. From those points of view, it is significant that people began to eat animals in social and economic aspects.

Namely, it was the sign of the era of the jungle law, the logic that the strong dominate the weak.


From “The Wise Investment of the Bible”