Thus, from circa 2000 to 1750 (1650 at the extreme), we have the one and only period during which extensive power alliances were common in Mesopotamia and with its neighbors (Kitchen 2003, p. Kitchen explains it well why so many modern scholars date Abraham to the Isin-Larsa period.
However, the search for the Mesopotamian background for Abraham does not stop there.
This current study will not look at the pre-Abrahamic period as this would go beyond the scope of this article.
Instead, by placing Abraham into Mesopotamian history it will allow creationists to have an anchor point to study the rich pre-Abrahamic period and have a better understanding of the development of civilization after the Tower of Babel.
Although not nearly as popular in the account of the patriarchs as Egypt, Mesopotamia is an important topic for any who undertake research into the historical background of the book of Genesis.
This paper will examine the chronological data known from early Mesopotamia and will attempt to find the historical background of Abraham and the events during his life.
It is during this period that Gleason Archer has placed Abraham (Archer 2007, p. With 430 years between Abraham’s 75th year and the Exodus he would have arrived in Canaan in the year 1876 during the Isin-Larsa period like Kitchen dates him.
Before this topic is examined let us briefly look at the chronological history of Mesopotamia as it is understood today by scholars.
This land is noteworthy in the Bible because it was here that the exiles were taken captive after the destruction of Jerusalem. The civilization of Babylonia and Assyria: Its remains, language, history, religion, commerce, law, art, and literature.
It was also here that Abraham had lived before he set out to the Promised Land. (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press.
Mesopotamia was one of the earliest regions to be inhabited after the great Flood, and it was here that Abraham lived his early life.
In addition to this, it was from the region of Mesopotamia and other eastern nations that a coalition of kings fought against Sodom and Gomorrah and kidnapped Lot, Abraham’s nephew.