Ur

Ur (Oor)

One of the oldest cities of southern Mesopotamia. Ur, modern Tell el-Muqayyar, lies ten miles west of the Euphrates, on whose bank it stood in antiquity, before the river changed course. In the OT, Ur is mentioned four times (Gen 11:28; Gen 11:31; Gen 15:7; Neh 9:7), in each instance as the home of the patriarch Abraham before his migration to Haran and Canaan.

Gen 11:28

28Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans.

Gen 11:31

31Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Cha ... View more

Gen 15:7

7Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.”

Neh 9:7

7You are the Lord, the God who chose Abram and brought him out of Ur of the Chaldeans and gave him the name Abraham;

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