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Hi Pete,

Interesting take. The "Sumerians" have always seemed a bit of a mystery to me (as if anything has not).

Not much is known, I guess, about the Sumerians. Who they were, who they were related to, and so forth, it all seems open to guesswork.

In a sense maybe the origin of any nation is "invented" in retrospect. And so not the least the origins of "Judah" and "Israel". In this sense it seems quite probable that Abra(ha)m, "exalted father" and "father of many" is a sheer mythological figure, the great "father of faith".

At least, thats the way I feel about it.

Helge

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