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Iraq is a fascinating and beautiful country with a rich heritage. It's often been called the 'cradle of civilization' and was the home of the magnificent hanging gardens of Babylon, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world.
The gardens were built by King Nebuchnezzar - the great warrior king of Babylon for his wife, Amytis. Now King Nebuchnezzar's fame goes further than the building of the hanging gardens. He is legendary for conquering the lands from Babylon to the Mediterranean Sea, sacking Jerusalem and capturing its people.
What is surprising is that all of these conquests are recorded in the Bible. During Bible times, this great ancient city of Babylon, mentioned 280 times in the Bible, was the capital of the area called Mesopotamia, also known as the Land of Shinar, the fertile land between the two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates. Some of the people in the Bible lived in this area and there are many references in the Bible about the events that happened in ancient Iraq.
Let's look at some of them.
The Garden of Eden was in Mesopotamia, between the two rivers, the Tigris and the Euphrates, and is considered the cradle of civilization. Genesis 1
Noah built the ark in Iraq. Genesis 5 & 6
The Tower of Babel was built in Iraq. Genesis 11
Abraham, the father of the three monotheist world religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, was from Ur, and today called Nasiriya is in southern Iraq. Genesis 11
Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Nahor, in Iraq. Genesis 24
Jacob met Rachel in Haran, which was in Mesopotamia, Iraq. Genesis 29
Jonah, a prophet, warned the people of impending disaster in Ninevah in Iraq. Jonah 1
Amos, the prophet, foretold that Assyria in Iraq would conquer the ten northern tribes of Israel. Amos 1
The Assyrians, from northern Iraq, conquered the ten northern tribes of Israel. 2 Kings 17
Nebuchadnezzar, the great king of Babylon, came from Iraq.
Nebuchadnezzar and his army attacked Jerusalem three times.
Nebuchadnezzar destroyed Solomon's Temple.
Nebuchadnezzar's army took Daniel, his three friends and many other Jewish people captive and marched them back to Babylon. Daniel 1
Daniel faced the lion's den in Iraq. Daniel 6
The three Hebrews, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, were in the fiery furnace in Iraq. Daniel 3
King of Babylon, Belshazzar, saw the 'writing on the wall'. Daniel 5
The Medes and Persians overthrew the Babylonian kingdom. Daniel 5
Ezekiel, the prophet, the book's protagonist in the Bible called Ezekiel, lived and was buried in Al Kifl in southern Iraq. Ezekiel
Peter, the apostle, travelled to Iraq. I Peter 5:13
Many believe that the wise men who visited baby Jesus came from Iraq. Matthew 2:1,2.
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Gary Kent is the speaker for The Incredible Journey media ministry. He holds a B.A. in Theology, M.A. in Ancient History & Archaeology, and M. in Divinity. He is an archaeologist who has excavated numerous sites throughout Israel and Jordan. As an internationally-acclaimed speaker and TV presenter, he has spoken and produced numerous documentaries on subjects including the Bible, Bible prophecy, world events and natural health. His passion is to share the good news of Jesus’ imminent return.