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C. For two centuries thereafter, the Assyrian Empire remained almost in a estern Asia was given a respite and state of suspended animation. W smaller states were allowed to establish themselves. , began expanding again, an independent Aramaean kingdom nevertheless maintained itself north of Canaan until 732 B,C. To the writers of Genesis, then, it deserved notice as an independent son of Shem. Lud is much more controversial. The similarity of sound gives rise to the thought that Lud is the eponym of Lydia, already mentioned in connection with Magog (see page 46).
It had ceased to exist, at a time when Assyria itself was also being destroyed. In the area in 'which it had existed, new tribesmen arrived and a new name (of Persian origin) was given to the land, which became Armenia. In those sections of the Bible which were reduced to writing after the end of Urartu,the term Armenia is used instead. , and of their rapid flight there after: 2 Kings 19:37. and they escaped into the land of Armenia ... What is really meant,of course, is ~6rtu, since Armenia did not yet exist, and in the Revised Standard Version, the phrase is indeed changed to "the land of Ararat?
Because crops were immobile and had to be cared for, fanners had . to remain in one place. For mutual protection, they gathered id villages which gradually became cities and thus arose "civilization" (from a Latin word for "city-dweller") Despite the material benefits brought to &an by agriculture, it is quite likely that those who were used to the free wandering irresponsibility of hunting and food gathering (a life' (hat probably seemed a great deal more fun in retrospect than in reality) could not help but view agriculture a land of detestable slavery.