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ZIGGURAT OF UR RUINS IN IRAQ
http://www.greydragon.org/trips/Iraq/index7.html

Lego Ziggurat 
We are currently learning about the Sumerian people.  
They built the Ziggurat of Ur.  Sumerian ziggurats were temples to their gods.  
The Ziggurat of Ur was built to worship the moon god Nanna. 
They may look similar to Egyptian pyramids but those come later in history 
and were tombs for dead Pharaohs not temples like the ziggurats.


FERTILE CRESCENT AND THE BIBLE













The general consensus among most biblical creationists is that Mt. Ararat is the resting place for Noah’s Ark. However, certain factors weaken this claim. Consider the following points both for and against Mount Ararat as the final resting place of the Ark.

On Mt. Ararat On Another Mountain
  • The name “Ararat,” for the Turkish name “Agri Dagi,” is probably based on the Hebrew “rrt” in Genesis.
  • Its location is high, allowing the Ark to land before the “tops of the mountains were seen” (Genesis 8:5).
  • Based on eyewitness reports, few other places could hide the Ark in ice for 4,300 years—if such preservation were even possible.
  • Ararat is a volcanic cone with little evidence that it was ever under water during the Flood, indicating that it may have formed after the Flood.
  • As they left the Ark, the animals would have had to make their way down a 16,950 ft (5,165 m) volcano.
  • Noah reported distant ranges without mentioning the closer Lesser Ararat.
 

 


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You will need to fast forward through the "French" portion of this movie. Restart at 5:29.
The Garden of Eden and Mesopotamia
 
From Nomads to Farmers:  Mesopotamia

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The Development of Written Language (Includes Flood Story of Gilgamesh and Humbaba)
Note:  Sumerian Flood begins at 5:19

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INTERESTING WEBSITES

CUNEIFORM PROJECT

Babylonian Cuneiform Translator http://www.event12.com/babylonian/index.html
 
Cylinders http://oi.uchicago.edu/OI/MUS/ED/kidsmeso.html

BBC Mesopotamia  (Click on "Writing" to review the history of cuneiform.  http://www.mesopotamia.co.uk/menu.html

 


CUNEIFORM LEGAL TABLET WITH ENVELOPE






CUNEIFORM CLIFF LOCATED ON MOUNT BIHISTUN IN IRAN
AUTHORED BY DARIUS THE GREAT OF PERSIAN EMPIRE
WRITTEN IN 3 LANGUAGES
SIR HENRY RAWLINSON WAS ABLE TO UNLOCK THE KEY TO UNDERSTANDING CUNEIFORM

ROUTE TO BIHISTUN INSCRIPTION


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ARTIFACTS FROM MESOPOTAMIA

Sargon?


Hammurabi's Code  (Louvre in Paris, France)
 
Ishtar's Gate (Pergamon Museum, Berlin....Panels seen at MET in NYC)
Great Lyre from the Kings of Ur (University of Pennsylvania Museum)

What is lapis lazuli?



Neo-Assyrian Art:  Human Headed Winged Lion and Bull  (MET MUSEUM, NYC)

The Standard of Ur (British Museum)

Tablet of Shamash
Babylonian  (Compare with stele of Hammurabi's Code)

PURPLE DYE FROM THE PHONECIANS

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