Abram was called from Ur of the Chaldees in Mesopotamia. Hosea noted the Assyrian empire’s brutality, Isaiah called them the “rod of God’s anger,” and Jonah went to Nineveh to convict the Assyrians of their sin. The Babylonian empire grew upon the ruins of the Assyrian one. Jeremiah lameted its captivity of Israel and Daniel gained influence in its courts.
Today, upwards of 2 million Iraqis are Christians, most affiliated with the Catholic-aligned Chaldean church or the independent Assyrian church. It is a fascinating to read about Christian descendents of these civilizations.