Left turn at Albuquerque

Researching the Amorite period of ancient Near Eastern history for the forthcoming book, and I am more convinced now than ever that Abraham did not come from Ur in Sumer.

Among other clues, just look at the map below, and bear in mind that there was a caravan route between Mari and Damascus, by way of Tadmor (Palmyra).

If Terah’s destination was Canaan, there is no way they’d wind up in Haran.  Unless, of course, the Ur of Abraham was located in what is today southern Turkey, as Dr. Cyrus H. Gordon argued more than 50 years ago.

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