Abraham and his family travels from Ur to Canaan. By József Molnár (1850). See Genesis 11:27–32, Genesis 12, Genesis 13, Genesis 14, Genesis 15:1–21. Image

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The whole world spoke a common language. As the people moved eastwards, they found a plain in Shinar (present-day Iraq and Syria) where they decide to build a great brick and mortar tower. When God saw the tower they were building he said "now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do" (Gen 11:6). And so God made their languages different and caused them to scatter abroad. The place became known a Babel which hosted the infamous site of the Tower of Babel.The generations of Shem are recounted leading to his descendent Terah who begat Abram, better known today as Abraham. Abraham's wife was Sarai or Sarah. Sarah was childless because she was unable to conceive. Terah traveled from Ur with Abraham, Sarah and his grandson Lot whose father Haran has died toward Canaan to dwell in Haran (the city is spelled the same as Lot's deceased father). In Canaan, Terah dies at 205 years old.

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