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    • Jake
    • 28.11.12 | 20:10 (IST)

    1. Abraham is never referred to as "an Arab". He is called Abraham the Hebrew. 2. The Bible names Abraham's former homeland as Aram Naharaim. That's not quite Iraq/Mesoptamia. It is more accurately described as Syro-Mesopotamia. All indications are that he was of northwest Semitic origin. (Proto-Aramaean or Amorite, not Sumerian, Babylonian, or Assyrian). At any rate, the Biblical Hebrew language is referred to in the Bible as the Language of Canaan. 3. Abraham did not move to Philistia. He moved to Canaan. The gift of Canaan was the opening act in Hebrew Monotheism. 4. The Philistines, originally an Aegean or Asia Minor people, did not establish a country called Philistia. They had independent city states. They were long extinct by the time that the Romans renamed Judaea as Syria-Palaestina in 135 CE. 5. The Romans got the name Syria-Palaestina from Herodotus, who named Syria-Palaestina as a district in which the inhabitants were distinguished by the practice of circumcision. The Biblical Philistines were distinguised by NOT being circumcised.

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