The massacre of Syrians, Jacobites and Chaldees at Urfa and elsewhere formed no part of the original plan.
As early as 1685 Jean le Clerc observed that Ur of the Chaldees (Chasdim) in xi.
It is likely that they first came from Arabia, the supposed original home of the Semitic races, at a very early date along the coast of the Persian Gulf and settled in the neighbourhood of Ur ("Ur of the Chaldees," Gen.
Under the title Ur of the Chaldees, it is mentioned in the Bible as the original home of Abraham.
Terah is said to have come from Ur of the Chaldees, usually identified with Mukayyar in south Babylonia.