WHY CHALDEANS WENT TO ISRAEL 2,000 YEARS AGO

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    The land of Kaldu (Mat-Kaldi) historically known as Chaldea, and contemporaneously known as the southern region of Iraq, has, in fact, been a region commonly noted for its deep-rooted history in the sciences, mathematics, law, and philosophies.

     

    In addition to its intellectual practices, the Land of Kaldu has also been emphasized for its location, and also the prophets called out of it by the Almighty, and more importantly, its divine role in aiding to fulfill the scriptures unto the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.

     

    Wherefore, the igniting of the fire must ignite in a particular place, and hence when trampled, the traces of the fire may be spotted.

     

    Prior to the coming of the Messiah, Jesus Christ, history tells us that the Holy Land and the Land of Kaldu had on multiple occasions, made confrontation whether directly or indirectly.

     

    The direct confrontation may include the Babylonian Exile, in which, the Chaldean King of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar II, had besieged the Kingdom of Judah, and held captive the king, his aristocrats and over 10,000 citizens of Judah, and exiled them into the Land of Kaldu; hence, Babylon.

     

    The indirect confrontation may includes, the call of Abraham, the prophet out from the land of Kaldu, and more specifically from the city of Ur. Abraham, whom was called “the friend of God” and obeyed the Lord when attempting to sacrifice his son, Isaac, did so in Chaldea and eventually was called out “the land of his forefathers” and “was to set forth to the Promised Land.”

     

    Alongside with the numerous tombs of the prophets from Israel, engraved in the soil of Chaldea, including the father of Lot, named Huran, whom in fact, before passing requested to be buried in the “land of my forefathers” which was Ur. Not to mention, Nahum the Alkoshite whose tomb is north of Chaldea, in the modern Chaldean village of Alqosh, where the Chaldean peoples guard and protect his tomb, and their people, as they have for the past 2,500 years.

     

    Strangely, the Chaldean people and their land have been closely connected to their neighbors west – Israel. But the question remains, why did Chaldeans go to Israel 2,000 years ago?

     

    In the Holy Scriptures (New Testament) according to the Gospel of Matthew, the three magi (wise men) “from the east, came and delivered the new-born king gifts.” It also states that the wise men studied the stars and made trip to Israel, as it was a very rare occasion for the stars to be aligned it the nature of its shape.

     

    Moreover, before elaborating more on the birth narrative of the Son of David, Jesus Christ, it is worth mentioning some immediate facts about the Chaldean people and their connections to Astronomy.

     

    Astronomy as we know today, is the study of the sky and the stars, along with planets, meteors and such. As all studies have an origin and history, so does the field of Astronomy. Astronomy is directly linked to the Chaldean people, as they were the first to create it as a science.

     

    Additionally, ancient Chaldeans largely focused on numerical observations of the planet, and this was, in fact, a lifestyle for many Chaldean intellectuals. In fact, perhaps one of the most prestigious titles a Greek or Roman could give to an astronomer or of the same relevance to astronomy was to call it ‘Chaldean Astronomy’.

     

    Although ancient Persians and the Zoroastrian way of life are also worth mentioning, in the case of Astronomy and related matters, however, the Chaldeans essentially were among those most active and leading in the field.

     

    To tie back, the three magi described in the Holy Scriptures, clearly demonstrate and illustrate the three wise men as Chaldeans “from the east”, as they did follow the stars and were directed into the King of Jews, Jesus Christ the Messiah, on the night of their visit.

     

    Mason & Robinson in their “Early Christian Reader” highlight in their footnotes, when describing the Gospel of Matthew, chapter 2 verse 1, “the wisemen (magi) were most likely Chaldean or Persian astronomers.”

     

    Interestingly, the first man to be called, the “friend of God”, Abraham, (who in the Chaldean language is Abram) came from the Land of Kaldu, through the divine call of God, the Father, and likewise, did the wise men from Chaldea, whom also “set forth from Ur of the Chaldeans” or of that region to eventually satisfy the Will of God.

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