By the time I was 8 or 10, I knew a lot about Ur of the Chaldees
and Babylon; I could identify most of the constellations in our night sky, and I knew all the different kinds of primates - apes, gorillas, chimpanzees, bonobos, etc.
Ur of the Chaldees
was one of the great urban centers of the Sumerian civilization of southern Iraq and remained an important city until its conquest by Alexander the Great a few centuries before Christ.
The site of the ancient city called Ur of the Chaldees
in the Bible is in which modern country?
His famous preface to his translation of Montaigne emphasizes that the Greeks are the source of knowledge for Europeans "and the Greekes drew their baptizing water from the conduitpipes of the Egiptians, and they from the well-springs of the Hebrews or Chaldees
The country is rich in biblical significance: scholars believe the Garden of Eden described in Genesis was in Iraq; Abraham came from Ur of the Chaldees
, thought by many to be in Iraq.
Among the earliest travellers was Abraham who, around 2000BC, emigrated with his family from Ur of the Chaldees
(in present-day Iraq) to Canaan, sojourning for a while in Harran.
Incidentally, of all library specializations, these two are probably the most ancient, dating back to Ur of the Chaldees
, if not beyond.
From that point, he mourns both his son and his rabbi, returning all the way to his origins and the beginnings of Judaism with Abraham in Ur of the Chaldees
A projected two-day trip to Iraq to see the city of Ur of the Chaldees
, the birthplace of Abraham, and to have a pastoral visit with Christians of the Chaldean Church (approximately 800,000 in number) has caused the greatest political concern.
Some biblical scholars have expressed a hope that the newly discovered tablets may turn up new details on Abraham's journey from Ur of the Chaldees
, the most famous of the southern Mesopotamian cities, to the Fertile Crecent of the Levant.