Biblical facts on Iraq
Here are some facts from the Bible concerning Iraq:
1. The Garden of Eden was in Iraq.
2. Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization.
3. Noah built the ark in Iraq.
4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq.
5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq.
6. Isaac’s wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq.
7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq.
8. Jonah preached in Nineveh – which is in Iraq
9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel
10. Amos cried out in Iraq
11. Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem.
12. Daniel was in the lion’s den in Iraq.
13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the fiery furnace!)
14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the ‘writing on the wall’ in Iraq.
15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq.
16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq.
17. The wise men were from Iraq.
18. Peter preached in Iraq.
19. The ‘Empire of Man’ described in Revelation is called Babylon – which was a city in Iraq.
Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. Iraq is second.
However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia. The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris And Euphrates Rivers.
Biblical names for the southern part of ancient Mesopotamia (Iraq) include Shinar (ancient Sumer), Chaldea, and Babylon, and for the northern area, Assyria.
The name Iraq means country with deep roots. Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.
Iraq is called the “Cradle of Civilization,” as evidence has been found there for the earliest writing system, urban centers, literature, metallurgy, science, medicine and business, as reflected in the Bible (Genesis 2:14; 4:21–22; 10:10–11; 11:1–5). Our modern culture has its roots in ancient Iraq.
No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated with it than Iraq.
The ancient language of the region is called Akkadian, named after the city of Akkad, one of the cities founded by Nimrod in Shinar (Genesis 10:10). The language was written in cuneiform, or “wedge-shaped,” characters impressed into clay tablets with a wedge-shaped stylus.
There are tens of thousands of archaeological sites in this celebrated land. Starting in the south, Biblical connections point to some of the many discoveries that have been made in this country, so rich with ancient history and archaeological remains. These connections cluster around two time periods: the time of the Patriarchs, i.e., the Early Bronze and the first part of the Middle Bronze Ages, and the time of the Divided Monarchy, the Iron Age.