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    In the Bible, Abraham (circa 2000 b.c.) traveled extensively, from Ur in Mesopotamia to Egypt, with Haran (upper Mesopotamia) and Canaan in-between, really a lifetime of moving and removing, having died in Canaan, after building the Fort of Abram, the site at current-day Beersheva, now in the Negev desert, but at that time, looking more like the green countryside of say eastern Oklahoma today, attested by the archaeology in the Negev showing rainfed fields with no irrigation for the hundreds of thousands who lived there during the bronze age, which also was the Ice Age.

    So imagine the lands of the Bible, by almost everybody portrayed and popularly imagined as essentially desert wasteland, looking more like Death Valley Days than what it was, really a perfect environment with rich green fields fed only by rainfall, stands of forests, particularly near the much-larger rivers, the since-then dried-up lakes, and what now are called wadis, and a vast array of syngameons of animals (which naturally selected as they spread into new territories adapting to those new post Flood habitats).

    Hollywood should get on the stick, portraying the Bible lands in such an accurate way that the stories would really come alive, after all, who ever really thought those bronze age egyptian and akkadian armies really were stomping around in sand and dust for days on end, and building cities in what now are deserts, but they weren’t back then, the archaeology confirms it, just ask Harvey Weiss at Yale, haven’t heard from him yet, but he would be a great movie consultant.

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