Abram In The Ancient City Of Ur
By James Donahue
Was there really a man
named Abraham that emerged from the ancient land of the Chaldees to become the progenitor of the Hebrew and Palestinian
There is some evidence
beyond the Old Testament that such a man did exist, but he wasn’t exactly the person identified in the Book of Genesis.
From Genesis we are told
that Abram, who later changed his name to Abraham, was the fifth generation direct descendant of Peleg. Some scholars place
his existence at about 2,000 BC. He was born in the ancient City of Ur.
This territory was once part of the mighty Mesopotamian Empire.
The ruins of Ur are known to archaeologists. Unfortunately, they are located in the
heart of war-torn Iraq, not far from Baghdad.
From the pages of Genesis,
we learn that Abram had at least two brothers. They were Nahor and Haran, who also lived in
Ur. Haran bore three recorded
children, two sons, Lot and Iscah, and a daughter, Milcah before he died a premature death.
Haran’a mate is not recorded, nor is the cause of his death. Both Abram and his brother Nahor, married their nieces,
Sarai and Milcah, respectively, both daughters of their third brother, Haran.
That the Jewish race
emerged from an incest relationship would appear to be blight on the Hebrew record. Yet Bible historians are not visibly shaken
by this information, other than the fact that Abram’s relationship to Sarai was somehow erased from the contemporary
Genesis record. It can still be found in the historical record of the Jewish people drafted by the Greek historian
The argument that a lack
of enough people after the flood forced humans to mate with other family members fails to justify the inbreeding that went
on. Data gained by psychic viewer Aaron C. Donahue indicates that an estimated 200,000 humans were moved with Noah from the
past up to a point immediately following the flood and that there was adequate genetic diversity available that inbreeding
was not necessary.
Abram and his brothers
were sons of Terah, recorded in Hebrew records as “a maker of idols.” The Hebrew text sets Abram’s birth
at about 2000 BC, but other estimates, based upon corresponding Egyptian historical data, set his existence back as far as
4000 years BC. Since there has never been any archaeological evidence found in the ruins of Ur to prove that Abram or his family ever existed there, the only evidence comes from the
ancient written text.
Also there is an esoteric
“memory” of the decision by Abram to leave Ur,
although the “seers” who look back on this event do not see the move as a response to a commandment by a godly
voice from above. Abram and his family left Ur because the
area was stripped of its trees and natural resources, the once fertile land was no longer productive, and the people were
starving. Abram was looking for greener pastures.
He could afford to do
this. The family of Terah was a notable one. They were prominent people of their day. That Terah was a maker of idols, or
images of worship, suggests that they supported the religious belief system that existed in their day.
Historian Jim Cornwell,
in his book The Alpha and the Omega, notes that the divinity behind the construction
of the Tower of Babel
appears to have been Nannar, a moon god. He wrote: “a whole quarter of the city of Ur
was set apart for him, and he was called the Exalted Lord, the Crown of Heaven and Earth, and the Beautiful Lord who shines
in Heaven. On the terrace was the ziggurat, with twin temples, the day houses of the moon god and his consort, the goddess
Nin-Gal. Another temple was called The House of Great Plenty. This was the secret ritual of a harem, of the moon god. It was
evident that Ur was a city with an inseparable cult in Abram’s
As a notable, Abram enjoyed
wealth and probably visited the city of Babylon where stood the great Temple of Marduk, yet another god of the Chaldeans.
Of course, Marduk is thought to have been another name for the former ruler of the known world, a man we remember best as
Thus it is difficult
to believe that Abram would have been separated from this family and this environment to accept and worship a single deity.
According to Genesis, that deity was the angelic Jehovah, later worshipped by the Hebrews, the alleged descendants of Abram.
Abram was a businessman
who promoted trade between the Babylonians and the Hittites. He was wealthy enough in his day to purchase land in Canaan, command his own private army, and even defeat a coalition of kings. According to Josephus,
after his arrival in Egypt, Abram and
his wife were honored by the Pharaoh.
Thus we have evidence
that Abram did not spring from a backward and simplistic society. A flourishing civilization existed in this place, the heart
of the Golden Crescent, for up to 4000 years. The
Sumerians are believed to have invented the cuneiform system of writing. It is from the ancient clay tablets found in this
area that we acquired one of the oldest books in the world, The Epic of Gilgamesh.