Chaldea (Kal-dee´uh)

A region at the head of the Persian Gulf, home to a loose confederation of Semitic- (possibly Aramaic-) speaking peoples, organized along tribal lines. It includes the birthplace and ancestral home of Abraham (Gen 11:28; Gen 11:31; Gen 15:7). The Aramaic sections of the book of Daniel (Dan 2:5, Dan 2:10, Dan 4:4, Dan 5:7, Dan 5:11) include Chaldeans among the learned magicians and conjurers. Merodach-baladan and Nebuchadnezzar, prominent Chaldean kings, figure in biblical accounts (esp. in 2 Kings and Jeremia).

Gen 11:28

28Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans.

Gen 11:31

31Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Cha ... View more

Gen 15:7

7Then he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you from Ur of the Chaldeans, to give you this land to possess.”

Dan 2:5

5The king answered the Chaldeans, “This is a public decree: if you do not tell me both the dream and its interpretation, you shall be torn limb from limb, and y ... View more

Dan 2:10

10The Chaldeans answered the king, “There is no one on earth who can reveal what the king demands! In fact no king, however great and powerful, has ever asked s ... View more

Dan 4:4

4 I, Nebuchadnezzar, was living at ease in my home and prospering in my palace.

Dan 5:7

7The king cried aloud to bring in the enchanters, the Chaldeans, and the diviners; and the king said to the wise men of Babylon, “Whoever can read this writing ... View more

Dan 5:11

11There is a man in your kingdom who is endowed with a spirit of the holy gods. In the days of your father he was found to have enlightenment, understanding, an ... View more

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