Genesis 11:28 tells us that Abraham was born in Ur of the Chaldees
Ur of the Chaldees
was one of the great urban centers of the Sumerian civilization of ancient southern Iraq and remained an important city until its conquest by Alexander the Great a few centuries before Christ.
One of the greatest discoveries by the archaeologist, Leonard Woolley working almost a century ago at Ur of the Chaldees
when the lands of Mesopotamia were being revealed for the miraculous sites they were, were the gold objects that had once been the glory of its fabulous rulers.
John Paul had hoped to begin this pilgrimage to the biblical sites in Ur of the Chaldees
-- modern day Tell el-Muqayyar in southern Iraq -- to commemorate the life of Abraham, "our father in faith.
The Mesopotamian family of Terah is introduced at the end of this universal history in chapter 11, and then when God calls Abraham out of Ur of the Chaldees
at the beginning of chapter 12 we move on to the story of the beginnings of the Israelite nation, though the national focus of the narrative is given moral depth because the universal perspective of the first part of Genesis is never really forgotten.
The Bible tells us that Abraham was born in Ur of the Chaldees
The Garden of Eden, the Tower of Babel, and Ur of the Chaldees
where Abraham was born - all these Biblical places were in the territory we know today as Iraq, whose news fills our papers and broadcasts.
As a young man, and military secretary to Sir William Willcocks, the engineer who dammed the Tigris and the Euphrates and was later to build the first Aswan dam, he `siphoned off' some money to help his archaeologist friend Leonard Woolley excavate Ur of the Chaldees