»TURKEY AND THE OLD TESTAMENT
Few people know that about 60% of the places mentioned in the Bible are located in Turkey. According to the Old Testament, Noah, his children and the animals he saved in the ark started the repopulation of the Earth from Mt. Ararat in eastern Turkey. Abraham’s call to greatness came in Harran, in southeast Turkey. This city was called Ur of the Chaldeans.
Archaeologists discovered that the Hittites, Urartians, Assyrians, Phrygians, Cimmerians, Lydians and many other nations who were important to the Old Testament once lived here. The people of the Bible have left records of their activities in Anatolia from Noah to St. Paul’s time.
Here in Anatolia there are 2 rivers rising that bounded Eden. Almost all of the Old Testament Sites mentioned in the Bible are located in the Eastern or South Eastern Turkey which may also be called Northern Mesopotamia.
Each of the members of Noahs family is represented in Anatolia: Shems sons Asshur (the Assyrians), Arphaxad (Nahors and Abrahams family in Harran), Lud (the Lydians), Aram (the Arameans); Hams sons Mizraim (the Lydians and the Caphtorites) and Canaan (Heth and the Hittites); and Japeths sons Gomer (the Cimmerians), Magog (the Scythians), Madai (the Medes), Javan (the Ionians), Tubal (in Cappadocia), Meshech (the Mushki), and Tiras (Thracians or Etruscians). They have left aqueducts, fortresses, burial mounds, commercial records, bas-reliefs and even household furnishings. Some of these are still ion spot, others can be seen in the museums, particularly the Museum of Anatolian Civilizations.