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Friday, April 21 2017
The Way Of The Great Rivers
"So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him"
The "fertile crescent" is an ancient term used for the region that extends between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers of Assyria and Babylon (known today as Iraq), through Syria, along the land of Israel and into the Nile delta and valley of Egypt. It was a natural civilization, agricultural and travel way ("way" means road i.e. highway, freeway) that circumvented the hostile desert areas of Arabia (see also Paul's Geography Lesson). It became the way of Israel's origin (see A Biography Of Jacob: The Jacobites Of Syria), as well as the back and forth routes of the subsequent history of Israel and Judah.
Abraham's journey along the way of the great rivers was in two stages. The first was from Babylon to Syria.
"11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot. 11:28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his Nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees. 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah. 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child. 11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there." (Genesis 11:27-31 KJV)
Then, from Syria to the land of Canaan.
"12:1 Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee:
Fact Finder: How is it that the people at the ends of the Fertile Crescent had the same family origin?
This Day In History
This Day In History, April 21
753 BC: According to the historian Varro, Romulus and Remus founded the city of Rome on this date. While the legend says that they were raised by a "female wolf," the term at the time was also used for a harlot.
1509: King Henry VII of England died. His accession to the throne in 1485 ended the Wars of the Roses between the houses of Lancaster and York.
1526: Mongol Emperor Babur annihilated the Indian army of Ibrahim Lodi.
1782: The city of Rattanakosin, now known as Bangkok, was founded on the east bank of the Chao Phraya River by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke.
1809: Napoleon's army fought the Austrians at the Battle of Landshut in Germany.
1828: Noah Webster published the first U.S. dictionary. Popular myth and propaganda notwithstanding, the actual first English-language dictionary was published in England around 1600, over 200 years before Webster.
1836: Rebel forces under Sam Houston defeated the Mexican army under Santa Anna at the Battle of San Jacinto, which led to the Texas secession from Mexico. A vast amount of territory was seized by the U.S. from Mexico during the wars of the 1800s (see the map).
1914: The Ypiranga incident. A German arms shipment to Mexico was intercepted by the U.S. Navy near Veracruz.
1918: Manfred von Richthofen, Germany's top fighter ace in the First World War, was killed in action at age 26. Known as the "Red Baron," he shot down 80 (79 British, 1 Belgian) enemy aircraft. The Red Baron was shot down by a Canadian fighter pilot, Captain Roy Brown, over northern France.
1934: The so-called "Surgeon's Photograph," one of the most famous supposed photographs of the Loch Ness Monster, was published in the Daily Mail. In 1999, the picture was revealed to be a hoax - a toy submarine outfitted with a sea-serpent head.
1965: Sir Edward Appleton died at age 73. The British physicist was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1947 for his discovery of the Appleton Layer (which the scientific community named after him) of the ionosphere, which is a dependable reflector of radio waves.
1989: Tens of thousands of students and workers poured into Peking's Tiananmen Square in defiance of official warnings against anti-government protests.
1992: The first discoveries of extrasolar planets were announced by astronomers Alexander Wolszczan and Dale Frail.
1997: The cremated ashes of LSD user-loser Timothy Leary (who, hypocritically, was a psychologist who witnessed the horrendous damage that LSD did to people's minds; see also Seed-Bearing Plants: For Food Or For Folly?) and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry were launched into space in the world's first "space funeral."