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Is Assyria and Syria in the Bible the same?

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Speaker 1

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Speaker 2

So Edwin is asking, is a Assyria and Syria in the Bible usage interchangeable? If not, what’s the difference?

Speaker 1

I always say it’s a good question, but there are always good questions. And this is actually one I had to do research on. And it’s pretty interesting for me because I have a little bit of a Syrian background myself. So it’s good to understand the differences. It’s good to start with Genesis ten, verse six. This is going to the genealogy right after the flood telling us about who the different groups came from. And in that verse, Genesis six, it talks about the descendants of Ham, including Kush and Kush begat Nimrod in verse eight. And Nimrod went and started various cities. And it says that Nimrod went to verse eleven. It says he went to Assyria and built Nineveh, which is really interesting. It’s not clear if he himself built Assyria, but at least there was a town called Assyria. And the word there actually Ashur based on a grassher. And it is actually really close to Nineveh, the Nineveh that Jonah probably went to a preacher. And these are out in the Mesopotamian Valley along the Euphrates River in Northern Iraq. Azure, the city becomes Syria in the center of the Syrian Empire, which descended from Ham was actually then I forgot where I was going with that.

Speaker 1

From Ham. Oh, yeah. Then that’s what becomes the Great Assyrian Empire. That then grows and then collapses. Grows and collapses, gets conquered, then conquers throughout thousands of years of history. So who’s Assyria? In the Bible, we see a Syria mentioned. But if you look up the word, the word, there is a Rom. Now who’s a realm. Where did the people of Aram come from? In Genesis 1022, it talks about the sons of Shem, and they were Elam Asher. Our facts said Ludd and Iran. And if you want to see an example of Syria, modern day Syria being referred to as Ram, then you go to Second Samuel 86 and it says then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus. Damascus is still a city we have today. And Damascus is actually a major city that the early Christian Church had history of. Paul had his conversion on the road to Damascus. But this was originally called a Ram. And these people then were descendants of Shim. They were semantic because the other people were hematic, I guess you could say if that was a word. But why do we call Syria Syria today? Syria, the country as we know it did not exist until around World War One, world War II, over the course of those couple of those decades and different treaties or what we know in Syria today became the country.

Speaker 1

And people believe that the term Syria or the word given to Syria actually does derive from the Syrian Empire. But we’re dealing with completely perhaps different people or some of them may have been intermixed. For example, there’s a good example of this verse that we got from Tina. Actually she put me on to the second King 16 versus eight to ten. It talks about how King Ahaz went to Damascus and he met up with the King of Assyria there. So actually there we have biblical proof of the Assyrians being in what is today modern Syria. But back then that was a Rome.

Speaker 2

So give me the really succinct like 32nd version of this because that was a lot of different names, a lot of different locations and a lot of different time periods. So give me the cliff notes version of this.

Speaker 1

There’s probably a bit of a Syrian blood in the people in a Syria but today modern Syria is just a completely different country and a completely different place than where the headquarters of the Assyrian Empire actually was. Where the original city of Assyria was, which was actually Iraq.

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Speaker 3

And just to kind of summarize second King 16, when you look at the King a has he actually was, like trying to be in cahoots with Syria to attack Syria. So there are definitely two different entities in the Bible because the King of Israel was trying to pit them against each other but it ended up because he was trusting and man, it ended up backfiring on him. But you can read that in like I said.

Speaker 1

Second King and again, when you’re reading it today, we’re reading it in modern English and we’re converting Iran into Syria. So you know what it’s talking about.

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