17), was making this connection as he placed Hammurabi around 2100 BC. This gives a date for the period between Abraham and Joseph from around 1900–1600 (Kitchen 2003, pp.
Henry Sayce, around the turn of the century, was dating Hammurabi to 2356–2301 (Sayce 1894, p. 2250–2100 was the standard in the early twentieth century and even later (Jastrow 1915, pp. 358–359).4 This would place Abraham during the Isin-Larsa period.
Table 1 presents the traditional chronology of early Mesopotamia from the Hassunah period to the end of the First Dynasty of Babylon when Hammurabi lived.
In addition to this, it was from the region of Mesopotamia and other eastern nations that a coalition of kings fought against Sodom and Gomorrah and kidnapped Lot, Abraham’s nephew.
This current study will not look at the pre-Abrahamic period as this would go beyond the scope of this article.
Instead, by placing Abraham into Mesopotamian history it will allow creationists to have an anchor point to study the rich pre-Abrahamic period and have a better understanding of the development of civilization after the Tower of Babel.
From circa 1600/1500 onward, Assyria and Babylon (now under Kassite rule) dominated Mesopotamia, sharing with none except briefly Mitanni (ca.
1500 to mid-thirteenth century) within the Euphrates’ west bend, and the marginal Khana and Sea-land princedoms were eliminated in due course.