History and Genesis


Terah, Abraham's father, was grieving for his son Haran. Terah, it seems, decided to stay in the northern Mesopotamian "city of Haran," (no connection with his son Haran) rather than carry on the journey to Canaan. The family were in the city of Haran for five years. The people of Haran served the same moon god as the people in Terah's former location, the southern

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“Doesn't Genesis 11:26 say that Terah was 70 years old when he had Abram?” In the Patriarch's Timeline Terah was 130 when Abram is born.

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At some point Abram met Yahweh in Ur. When God speaks of Abraham later, in Isaiah 41:8, he mentions Abraham, adding the words “my friend.” Just like we might say to someone, “Hey do you know my friend Karl?” Abraham was Yahweh’s friend, and the friendship was struck up somewhere. As Yahweh made his way around the streets of Ur he would have seen many of its inhabitants going about their business and Abram was one of them.

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The Sumerian King List has longer lives for the kings before the deluge than the kings who lived after the Flood, which certainly ties in with Genesis. However, when I took a look at the Sumerian King List the kings before the Flood lived to be something like 28,000 years or 8 Sars as the Sumerians used to measure their time. Adam and his children lived long lives, 900 years or so, but none of his family made it to 1,000 years old, let alone 28,000 years. Do you know why the Sumerians had such long time spans for their early kings?

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Where does the seven day week come from? “Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years” (Gen 1:14). I understand that we have the moon to mark months, the sun to count off days and the stars for an accurate year, but nothing for the week?

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Are there any corroborating writings that the garden of Eden ever existed? Sumerian literature and Genesis speak of the same location for the garden of Eden. We know roughly where the garden of Eden was because the Mesopotamians were prolific writers

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I heard that King Amraphel, king of Shinar was probably identified as Hammurabi the Babylonian ruler. if they are the same person your chronology of Abraham's timeline doesn't agree. For instance, Abraham was born in 1906 BC. He was 86 years old when Ishmael was born, making the year 1820 BC but Hammurabi's reign started in 1792 BC? A good 32 years out. Any thoughts?

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Homo sapiens are related by a genetic history that reaches back 200,000 years. If Genesis chapter 2 is correct Adam's place in history is around 5000 BC in Southern Mesopotamia. So how did he make his appearance?

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Where is Lilith mentioned in the Bible?

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Ann said “People used to live for a long time all those years ago didn’t they?”

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Is it really true that the “five cities of the plain” are mentioned on archaeologically excavated tablets from Ebla? Alan Millard Professor Emeritus of Hebrew and Ancient Semitic languages at the University of Liverpool says not?

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