Which Ur is the most probable?
- Wondering if anyone knows what the consensus is regarding the Ur which most
likely is the one mentioned in the Bible as Abraham's birthplace? Was it
most likely the Ur excavated by Sir Leonard Wooley in southern Mesopotamia,
Urfa between the upper reaches of the Tigris and the Euphrates, or Hurrian
Urkesh in Syria?
MBA, Bible Lands Museum Jerusalem
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- Listers may be interested in the folowing article from today's
Scholars Race to Recover a Lost Kingdom on the Nile
By JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Published: June 19, 2007
On the periphery of history in antiquity, there was a land known as
Kush. Overshadowed by Egypt, to the north, it was a place of
uncharted breadth and depth far up the Nile, a mystery verging on
myth. One thing the Egyptians did know and recorded Kush had gold.
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A Lost Kingdom on the Nile
Gist of the article is that scholars from U. Chicago are - and have
been all year - working frantically to recover evidence about the
lost kingdom of Kush (2000-1500 BC) that - despite having neither a
writing system nor bureaucracy - flourished as a gold-producing
megalith between the first and fourth catartacts and farther south.
A new dam around the fourth cataract threatens to turn the area into