By Isaac Asimov, Rafael Palacios
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Experienced a last period of power. After that, the remaining city mentioned in Genesis 10:10 comes in. The town of Babel was located on the ~ u ~ h r a t eRiver s about 9 miles downstream from Agade. It existed as a small and unremarkable place for over a thousand years while the Sumerian city-states still further downstream flourished and the Akkadian Empire rose and fell. , and made it the capital of an expanding empire. , Babel became a world metropolis and remained 7 , t.. Â " A a A t . .
They went forth . . from Ur of the Chaldees . . and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. , In doing this, the family was following the normal trade routes from Sumeria to the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean lies five hundred miles due west of Ur, but if one were to travel due west one would have to cross the northern reaches of the Arabian desert, and that would be impractical. Instead, one would follow the rivers to the northwest and then turn south, marking out a great crescent that would carry one over a distance of over a thousand miles.
Furthermore, the rising might of the Amorite rulers of Babylon was gradually bringing all the Sumerian city-states to a common end. It is not surprising, then, that Abram's family could see little future in remaining in Ur and left Sumeria altogether. Genesis i i : 3 i . . they went forth . . from Ur of the Chaldees . . and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there. , In doing this, the family was following the normal trade routes from Sumeria to the Mediterranean. The Mediterranean lies five hundred miles due west of Ur, but if one were to travel due west one would have to cross the northern reaches of the Arabian desert, and that would be impractical.