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Author  Israel Smith Clare
Publisher  Forgotten Books
Publication Date   June 15, 2012
Pages  420

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While the great mass of the population of ancient Chaldaea about A bram. two thousand years before Christ were polytheists, worshiping the multitudinous deities of the Chaldaean pantheon, there was a smallS emitic band of nomads who were pure monotheists, recognizing Jehovah (or Elohim) as the only God. At this time the leader of this small band was the famous patriarch A bram, the son ofT erah, and a native of Ur of the Chaldees. This patriarch has become celebrated as the founder of severalS emitic nations, among them the Hebrews, or I sraelites, and the A rabs. During the general migration of Semitic and Hamitic tribes from Chaldsea after the death of Nimrod, A bram with his father, Terah, and his flocks and herds, removed from Ur to Haran up theE uphrates. Says theB ook of Grenesis: And Terah took A bram his son, and His Call. Lot the son of Haran his sons son, andS arai his daughter-in-law, his son A brams wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. After alluding toT erah sdeath inH aran, theM osaic narrative further says: Now theL ord had said unto A bram, Gret thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy fathers house, unto a land that I will show thee. And I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing. And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curse thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. A brams brother, Nahor, delighted with the beauty and fertility of His theM esopotamian plain, remained at Haran; while A bram, after the Jburial of his father, migrated with his flocks and herds, and with his Promised wife, Sarai, and his brothers
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