Chaldeans were, at times, rulers in Babylon—Ukinzer, Merodach-Baladan, and Nabopolassar were all Chaldean kings of Babylon, and the two cultures were sometimes referred to interchangeably.
In the Bible, there are many instances where the word Chaldean is used to refer to Babylonians (Isaiah ; 47:1, 5; , 20).
The Apostle Thomas is said to have been among the first to evangelize there.
The Church was in territory that fell outside the physical boundaries of the Roman Empire, and under the rule of the Persian Empire, the Church of the East developed many of its own theological and liturgical traditions.
I also learned that they are Catholics, even possessing a rite in the Catholic Church. The fact that they were smart, successful, and good-looking was of no surprise to me. And they laugh, because their moms save bags too, and their dads can’t pronounce "P" too, and they’ve been discriminated against too. But remember, we’re not Arabs." For those who have proclaimed that they are not Arabs, the platform has always been the same.
I actually remember feeling invigorated by these new discoveries. But, although they always enjoy my shows, I have gotten many lectures from Chaldeans after my performances for them. "Yes, we come from Iraq, an Arab country, but we are not Arabs, because we are Christians and we speak our own language." The "we are Christians" argument can be discarded pretty readily, as Christianity was born in a place that is today inhabited by Arabs.
Mesopotamian religion refers to the religious beliefs and practices of the civilizations of ancient Mesopotamia, particularly Sumer, Akkad, Assyria and Babylonia between circa 3500 BC and 400 AD, after which they largely gave way to Syriac Christianity.
A few traces remained among Assyrian communities in isolated pockets of what had been Assyria until the 10th century AD, with the very latest attestation being found in this region in the 16th century AD.
Rather, Mesopotamian religion was a consistent and coherent tradition which adapted to the internal needs of its adherents over millennia of development.
The earliest undercurrents of Mesopotamian religious thought date to the mid 4th millennium BCE, and involved the worship of forces of nature as providers of sustenance.
In the 3rd millennium BCE objects of worship were personified and became an expansive cast of divinities with particular functions.
As I was having lunch with one of my Chaldean friends in our dorm cafeteria, one of her cousins, whom I had never met, came by to join us. Here was someone whom I thought was just like me, and she was telling me, quite loudly, that she wanted nothing to do with being "Arab." As I have remained in Michigan over the last 19 years, I have, through my work and activism, come into contact with all the communities here in the Detroit area, including the Chaldean community, which is most likely the largest anywhere outside of Iraq.
My hometown of Nazareth, Jesus’ hometown as well, is currently packed with Christian Arabs. Some of the leading figures of Arab nationalism over the past century have been Christians. However, they also speak Arabic, especially if they grew up in Iraq, an Arabic-speaking country.
Ur of the Chaldeans was a city-state in the land of the Chaldeans, and it was the home of Abram, who later became Abraham, the father of the nation of Israel.