What is the name of the place where Abraham is from?

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What is the name of the place where Abraham is from?


Gen 11:26-28 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.  (27)  Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.  (28)  And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.

Ur (Smith’s Bible Dictionary)
Ur. Ur was the land of Haran’s nativity, Gen_11:28, the place from which Terah and Abraham started “to go into the land of Canaan.” Gen_11:31. It is called, in Genesis, “Ur of the Chaldaeans,” while in the Acts, St. Stephen places it, by implication, in Mesopotamia. Act_7:2; Act_7:4. These are all the indications which Scripture furnishes as to its locality.

It has been identified by the most ancient traditions with the city of Orfah in the highlands of Mesopotamia, which unite the table-land of Armenia to the valley of the Euphrates. In later ages, it was called Edessa, and was celebrated as the capital of Abgarus or Acbarus who was said to have received the letter and portrait of our Saviour.

But in opposition to the most ancient traditions, many modern writers have fixed the site of Ur at a very different position, namely, in the extreme south of Chaldaea, at Mugheir, not very far above — and probably in the time of Abraham actually upon — the head of the Persian Gulf. Among the ruins which are now seen at the spot are the remains of one of the great temples, of a model similar to that of Babel, dedicated to the moon, to whom the city was sacred. (Porter and Rawlinson favor this last place).

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