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Chaldeans / Chaldees
First Reference: Beginnings 27:6
“Fear not, Abraham, for I am come to call you forth from the land of Ur of the Chaldeans, that you may be separated from among all the people of the land.
Summary: The land of the Chaldeans, or Chaldees, refers to the southeastern part of ancient Mesopotamia, along the Tigris and Euphrates rivers. Today, it would be considered the southern part of Iraq. Abraham was a Chaldean, called by God to leave his homeland and go west to the land of Canaan, which encompassed the area located between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea (B:27:5-24; Y:20:20).
Thus spoke the Lord unto Abraham. And Abraham gathered even all his household and he journeyed with them from the land of the Chaldees.
Was not Abraham called of God to dwell in the midst of strangers when first he left the land of the Chaldeans to come unto Canaan? Was he first born a Jew like unto you, or a Gentile like unto these?