[b-hebrew] Was Abraham Born in Mesopotamia?
torythrp at yahoo.com
Mon Nov 5 12:18:03 EST 2007
On Nov 5, 2007, at 11:25 AM, jason silber wrote:
> Did anyone raise the issue that Ur Kasdim didnt exist during the
> time Avram
> was supposed to have lived?
> and that since Ur was a major sophisiticated city during Babylonian
> exile it
> is plausible that the editors of the tanakh in the 6 century BCE
> inserted an
> Ur background to abraham to lend an air of sophistcation to Avraham
> and his
The southern city of Ur did exist that far back. You mean "Chaldeans"
did not exist that far back. No documentation about them before the
first millennium BCE is known and they did not become a ruling caste
until the 7th and 6th centuries BCE. This may support Gen. 11:28 and
15:7 being glossed in the 6th century, but then why not Ur of the
Kassites (Kasdim)? Maybe a case can be argued that the Hebrew kasdim
is not a variant of kaldu (before the shift -sd to -ld in Akkadian)
but is derived from Kassu/Kassat/Kassitu.
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