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ARAM-NAHARAIM ( Aramaic
Aramaic
: ארם נהריים) is a region that is mentioned five times in the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament
Old Testament
. It is commonly identified with Nahrima mentioned in three tablets of the Amarna correspondence as a geographical description of the kingdom of Mitanni
Mitanni
. In Genesis, it is used somewhat interchangeably with the names Paddan Aram and Haran to denote the place where Abraham
Abraham
stayed briefly with his father Terah 's family after leaving Ur of the Chaldees , while en route to Canaan
Canaan
(Gen. 11:31), and the place to which later patriarchs obtained wives, rather than marry daughters of Canaan. Paddan Aram refers to the part of Aram-Naharaim along the upper Euphrates, while Haran is mainly identified with the ancient Assyrian city of Harran
Harran
on the Balikh River . According to one rabbinical Jewish tradition, the birthplace of Abraham
Abraham
(Ur) was also situated in Aram-Naharaim.

CONTENTS

* 1 Location and etymology * 2 See also * 3 External links * 4 References

LOCATION AND ETYMOLOGY

Both Josephus
Josephus
and the Septuagint translate the name as Mesopotamia. Ancient writers later used the name "Mesopotamia" for all of the land between the Tigris
Tigris
and Euphrates. However the usage of the Hebrew name "Aram-Naharaim" does not match this later usage of "Mesopotamia", the Hebrew term referring to a northern region within Mesopotamia. The Book of Jubilees 9:5 places Aram 's portion between the Tigris
Tigris
and Euphrates, and lying north of the Chaldeans, who are south of the Euph