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Have they found Abraham's lost city?

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British archaeologists have unearthed a giant complex near the ancient city of Ur in southern Iraq.

The area is believed to have been home to Abraham, father of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

As the find is 4,000 years old, roughly the same age as Abraham himself, it raises the tantalising possibility of a direct link with one of history's most significant religious figures.

http://www.dailymail...isation-Ur.html

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Harran seems to have been the home of Abram (Gen 12:1,4), not Ur, though Ur, according to Cyrus Gordon, was the nearby town later called Edessa (Urfa) but which was called Urfu, at that time, not the Ur near the junction of the two rivers much further south. Apollonius Molo, even in the first century BC, tells a different story about the origin of Abraham from Genesis. The Patriarch was born in the mountainous edges of Syria, fringing on the northern steppes, after his ancestors had fled from Armenia. This description fits the same place—it is the neighbourhood of Urfa and Harran, a place known as Beth Eden (Bit Adini)! Biblicists have always know where Eden was, but they did not care to say.

http://www.askwhy.co...Patriarchs1.php

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The location of Ur has been known to the modern world since the 17th century.

In fact, Pietro Della Valle, an italian explorer had visited the site, not knowing it as Ur, but had noted the ruins in Ur.

Ur is located in the area known as Tell el-Muqayyar, in Dhi Qar province in Iraq.

It has been excavated by the John George Taylor, the british consul from basra in 1853 and later in 1918 by British archaeologists Reginald C. Thompson and H. R. H. Hall, funded by the British Museum.

Abraham was indeed from Ur. and Abraham didnt have his own city near Ur, but he was from the city of Ur.

The Daily Mail is simply a tabloid, sensationalising an exacavation in the area by the University of Manchester.

Just some irritating sensational journalism only!

Bah Humbug!!

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And a nit: "80 metres on a side" would be all of one acre - about the size of our house lot. Not a very big city if that's all there was of it. The Mail's peer reviewers need a good talking-to. :P

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Is there any compelling reason to assume Abraham was even a real person? And by compelling, I mean "not directly rooted in tedious Bibilical/Talmudic/Koranic literalism".

--Jaylemurph

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I believe that the more archeologists excavate and explore these mythological and legendary places, the more evidence they will find for their actual existences. It would be more convincing though, if there were other artifacts that linked this city with Abraham directly. Whether it be scrolls indicating this or tablets or whatever. There has to be direct proof that not only was this the city of Abraham, but historical evidence and proof that this individual lived there. Until then, this will remain under the myth and legend umbrella.

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