I used to think that Esav killed Nimrod and took the special garment that was originally Adam Harishon's. (Is this a Midrash?) But now I'm wondering if Avraham Avinu and Eliezer killed Nimrod during the battle against the four kings? Thank you

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The Pirkei D'Rabbi Eliezer does indeed state that Esav killed Nimrod (ed. Higger ch. 31). This is also found in Yalkut Shimoni (Parashat Tol'dot 110) and Targum Pseudo-Jonathan (Parashat Tol'dot 25:27). It is further quoted by Rabbenu Hayyim Paltiel (Parashat Tol'dot 25:32) and Rabbenu Bahya (B'reshit 3:21)

You are also correct that there is a Midrash that Avraham killed Nimrod. This can be found in Tanhuma (ed. Buber) Parashat Vayera (2), which identifies Nimrod with Amrafel, and states that Avraham killed him. This is also found in Yalkut Shimoni Yeshaya (511).

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    That's an answer. (FTR, Eruv. 53a cites the two opinions re. Nimord/Amrafel.)
    – Oliver
    Oct 29, 2017 at 20:49
  • @Oliver That does not seem overly relevant. Avraham could've killed Nimrod without him being Amrafel, and he coulve been Amrafel without Avraham killing him.
    – mevaqesh
    Oct 29, 2017 at 20:56
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    and that's why it's only a comment, pertaining to the point re. Chazal in Tan. identifying them as the same person
    – Oliver
    Oct 29, 2017 at 21:08

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