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Biblical and Historical Sites

S1-OT-215.tif Ur was a city in the region of Sumer, southern Mesopotamia, in what is modern-day Iraq. According to biblical tradition, the city is named after the man who founded the first settlement there, Ur, though this has been disputed. The city’s other biblical link is to the patriarch Abraham …

Seleucus I Nicator of Syria [who had been one of the generals of Alexander the Great] founded Seleucia Pieria in 301 B.C.E. as a port for his capital in Antioch.  The city became one of the “Syrian Tetrapolis,” designed to promote Hellenistic culture in Syria.  It was then an important political, military, …

Haran was a place where the Patriarch Abraham, who was known as Abram at that time, temporarily settled with his father Terah, his nephew Lot, and his wife Sarai, all of them descendants of Arpachshad, son of Shem, during their journey from Ur of the Chaldees to the Land of …