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This land is noteworthy in the Bible because it was here that the exiles were taken captive after the destruction of Jerusalem. The civilization of Babylonia and Assyria: Its remains, language, history, religion, commerce, law, art, and literature.

It was also here that Abraham had lived before he set out to the Promised Land. (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.

Before this topic is examined let us briefly look at the chronological history of Mesopotamia as it is understood today by scholars.

However, the result of recent research is that the chronology of the ancient world is being redated.

Hammurabi now appears to be a near contemporary of Moses instead of Abraham.

Although not nearly as popular in the account of the patriarchs as Egypt, Mesopotamia is an important topic for any who undertake research into the historical background of the book of Genesis.

This paper will examine the chronological data known from early Mesopotamia and will attempt to find the historical background of Abraham and the events during his life.

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