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Abraham was Aramean from the land of Ur, an Ancient city of Sumeria

Monday, December 17, 2012 @ 07:12 PM
posted by Bayadwa

Abraham was Aramean from the land of Ur, an Ancient city of Sumeria

Abraham is mentioned several times in the bible to come from the land of Ur.

Genesis 1:26-28

And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran. 27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. 28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

Genesis15:7

And he said unto him, I am YHWH that brought thee out of Ur of the Chaldees, to give thee this land to inherit it.

 

The city of Ur was an Ancient Sumerian City

“Ur was an ancient Sumerian city that was settled in the late sixth millennium, during the Ubaid Period. By about 3000 B.C., the area of Ur was about 37 acres. During the Early Dynastic Period, Ur reached its maximum area of 124 acres and was one of the richest Sumerian cities because it was a harbor, and therefore trading, town on the Persian Gulf.” -Quote from http://ancienthistory.about.com/od/neareast/g/121007Ur.htm

 

Abraham was referred to as an Aramean in..

Deuteronomy 26:5
And thou shalt speak and say before YHWH thy Elohim, an Aramean* ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Mitsrayim (Egypt), and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:

The Greeks referred to the Arameans as Syrians

*The Syriacs were earlier called Aramean and their language Aramaic. The Greeks named them Syrian.

The Syriacs were earlier called Aramean and their language Aramaic. The oldest preserved documents where the name Aram is mentioned is dated to 2300 BC. The Greeks were probably the first ones who named the Arameans by the Syrian name in the 5th century BC. The famous Greek geographer and historian Strabo (dead 23 AD)says in his book “Geography”: “Those who call themselves Arameans, we call them Syrians”.Even in the “Septuagint”, the old translation of the Old Testament into Greek achieved in the 3rd century B.C., the name Aram was translated into Syria, Aramean into Syrian, and Aramaic into Syriac. The Arameans continued to call themselves Aramean. But gradually they started to use the Greek term Syriac/Syrian as a synonymous to the appellation Aramean, and Syriac as a synonymous to Aramaic. – Quote from http://www.aramaic-dem.org/English/History/1.htm

 

Yisraelites were Arameans, especially during the early history.  The great patriachs Abraham, Isaac & Yacob were Arameans.  After their exodus from Egypt, they were known as a separate nation called “the Yisraelites” because of the conflict with their Aramean ancestors.

 

Isaac’s wife Rekekah the Aramean

Genesis 24:1

And Abraham was old, and well stricken in age: and YHWH had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 And Abraham said unto his eldest servant of his house, that ruled over all that he had, Put, I pray thee, thy hand under my thigh: 3 And I will make thee swear by YHWH, the Elohim of heaven, and the Elohim of the earth, that thou shalt not take a wife unto my son of the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell: 4 But thou shalt go unto my country, and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.

10 And the servant took ten camels of the camels of his master, and departed; for all the goods of his master were in his hand: and he arose, and went to Mesopotamia, unto the city of Nahor.

Genesis 25:20
And Yitshaq (Isaac) was forty years old when he took Rigqah (Rebekah) to wife, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Padan-aram, the sister to Laban the Aramean.

 

Isaac follows his father’s steps & gets a wife for his son Yacob from among his own people

Genesis 28:1

And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not take a wife of the daughters of Canaan.

28:2 Arise, go to Padan-aram, to the house of Bethuel thy mother’s father; and take thee a wife from thence of the daughters of Laban thy mother’s brother.

 

Abraham’s Children were Destined to be a Separate Nation from his People the Aramean

Genesis 24:6

And Abraham said unto him, Beware thou that thou bring not my son thither again. 7 YHWH Elohim of heaven, which took me from my father’s house, and from the land of my kindred, and which spake unto me, and that sware unto me, saying, Unto thy seed will I give this land; he shall send his angel before thee, and thou shalt take a wife unto my son from thence.

 

“So, to identify Abraham as “a wandering Aramean” (Deut 26:5) was a recollection of these memories of the tribal ancestral home in Haran in Aram-Naharaim. To call Abraham an Aramean is simply a geographical reference to his homeland. In other words, Abraham can be an Aramean, because that is his origin. He can also be called a Hebrew as a social designation referring to his status without land or a settled home, on the fringes of established society. And he can anachronistically be called an Israelite because he is the ancestral father of the people who came to be called sons of Israel (Abraham’s grandson).” – http://www.crivoice.org/aramheb.html

 

 

REFERENCES:

http://www.aramaic-dem.org/English/History/1.htm (1200) page views (before accidental delete)

http://realhistoryww.com/world_history/ancient/Misc/Sumer_additional/Sumer_add2.htm

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