Abraham (2650-2825) was a Syrian and God called him into the promised land. He is famous world wide. The story of Abraham is found in the Bible (best selling book in world) in Genesis 11-25. He was first called Abram.
While the story of Abraham is in the Bible and widely available, I wanted to share with you some comments on the story and help piece things together from other parts of the Bible that could help you get more out of the story.
One of the most important reasons to read and understand the story of Abraham (and I encourage to read it in scripture first) is that the gospel is preached through the story of Abraham. And the apostles referred back to the story of Abraham to teach people about the gospel and the very nature of God and salvation. It is important to understand the story of Abraham to understand the book of Hebrews, and also letters to the churches.
Also, I want to inspire you to think more about the scripture and how it relates to our lives today. Everyone is influenced by this man Abraham and the LORD God who blessed him and made of him a great nation.
Another important thing to remember about Abraham is that he believed God and that God promised to bless him, make of him a great nation and that he would be a blessing and inherit a promised land (the land of Canaan). This promise is of great importance and referred to often in other scripture.
Historical perspective of Abraham
All these calculations are +- about 15 years due to year accuracy (not month and day) of the genealogies. Genesis 5 & 11 have most of this chronology.
Abraham was born about 2650 years from creation and died 175 years later at 2825.
Abraham was born 994 years after the flood (1656-1657) and is 632 years after Noah(1056-2018) died.
Abraham was born about 2 years after his grandpa Nahor died.
Genesis 11:25 tells us that Abraham's dad was Terah(2580-2785). We know Terah had two or more wives, because Sarai (Abraham's sister) was by a different mother than Abraham's mother.
Terah was about 70 years old when he had Abraham, Nahor and Haran. Terah had two or more wives, so it is possible that the sons were all born in the same year, but the Bible doesn't state this as fact.
Terah died in Haran at the age of 205. Haran is a geographical place, and also happens to be the name of his son.
Abraham's brothers were Nahor and Haran. Nahor married Milcah.
Haran had a son named Lot. Haran died in Ur of the Chaldees evidently because his name isn't listed on those who went on the trip towards the land of Canaan with the rest of them. And Abraham left Haran and entered the land of Canaan when he was 75 years old. So Haran must have died around the age of ~70 or before. It's possible that after Haran died that they all left Ur of the Chaldees. If you have info on this let me know in comment section below.
Abraham's sister was Sarai (later called Sarah).
Sarai had a different mother than Abraham. Abraham married Sarai.
Genesis 11:31 indicates that Abraham was born in Ur of the Chaldees. Because this is where they left to go to the land of Canaan.
Abraham was a Syrian
While Abraham was born in Ur of the Chaldees, we know Abraham was a Syrian. It tells us this in Deuteronomy. Also, Haran today is in the area of Southern Turkey and Northern Syria today. It's likely Haran was in Syria in Abraham's day.
Deuteronomy 26:5 And thou shalt speak and say before the LORD thy God, A Syrian ready to perish was my father, and he went down into Egypt, and sojourned there with a few, and became there a nation, great, mighty, and populous:
Ur of the Chaldees
Ur of the Chaldees is NW of the top of the Persian Gulf about 100 miles in SE Iraq.
Even today you can go see the Great Ziggurat of Ur in Iraq.
A A ziggurat is a type of massive structure built in ancient Mesopotamia. It has the form of a terraced compound of successively receding stories or levels. (From wikipedia)
Ur of the Chaldees is near Babylon and the land of Shinar. See Genesis 11 about the tower of Babel. Men had built a city and a tower there.
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