Abraham's Journey to
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Abraham's Journey to the Land of Canaan Large Map

The red line on the above map represents Abram's journey from Ur to Haran. The red dashed line is Abram's journey from an area between Bethel and Ai to Egypt. The yellow line represents the route Jacob took to Haran in order to avoid being killed by brother Esau (Genesis 27). The green line in the above map is the route Eliezer, Abraham's most trusted servant, took to Haran in order to find a wife for Isaac.

After the flood, Noah's son Shem and his descendants populated the area that would give birth to Abram. Shem, in the physical lineage of Jesus Christ, was a man who obeyed God. The Bible says of him, "Give praise to the Lord, the God of Shem! Canaan will be the slave of Shem. May God cause Japheth to increase! May his descendants live with the people of Shem!" (Genesis 9:26 - 27).

Abram (later renamed by God to Abraham) was born in Ur of Mesopotamia. The city was known for its Great Ziggurat, a pyramid shaped building several stories high that was tiered. The structure was completed by King Shulgi of Ur less than 50 years before the birth of Abram.

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The Life of Abraham

Abram lived in Ur until the age of seventy when his entire family decided to move to Haran (Genesis 11:31). In spite of its settlement by a righteous man of God, by the time Abram left the city it had given itself over to idolatry (the worship of gods other than the True God). According to the Jewish Encyclopedia, the city of Ur was an ancient seat of lunar (moon) worship.

Interestingly, the word translated as 'Ur' in our Bibles comes from a Hebrew word which means a flame, fire or light (Strong's Concordance #H217). God's calling of Abram saved him and his wife Sarai from the lies or 'Fire of the Chaldees' and took them to a place they will ultimately inherit where righteousness will reside. Their faith in God made possible a group of people who, to this day, still bless the entire world.

The Lord is recorded stating to Abraham, "'I am the Lord, who led you out of Ur (fire) in Babylonia (Chaldeans), to give you this land as your own'" (Genesis 15:7). His obedience to the Eternal is noted in the New Testament, which writes, "It was faith that made Abraham (who as considered the father of the faithful - see Galatians 3) obey when God called him to go out to a country which God had promised to give him" (Hebrews 11:8).

Additional Study Materials
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1906 Jewish Encyclopedia
Holy Bible, a Faithful Version
Strong's Exhaustive Concordance

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