Abraham-Ezra: Israel’s Early Encounters w/ Ancient Iraq
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Biblical narratives locate Iraq as the origin of the first patriarch, Abraham. As history unfolds, Iraq (formerly, Assyria & Babylonia) plays a major role, sometimes friendly but mostly quite unfriendly. Yet following the return of exiles from Babylon under the leadership of Ezra, many Jews remained in Iraq & generations later some were the compilers of the Babylonian Talmud. This illustrated presentation will introduce the impact ancient Iraq had on the development of ancient Israel & Judaism.