I just finished a book called “DNA & Tradition”, by Rabbi Yaakov Kleiman. The book discusses evidence of Hebrew DNA, and talks about the science and religion of Judaism. As part of the discussion, I learned these interesting facts.
The oldest diaspora communities are in Assyria, later conquered by Babylonia (now modern-day Iraq) and Persia (now modern day Iran). They have been there for 2000-2500 years.
The story of Purim, described in the Book of Esther occurs in the 5th century BC in Persia. The burial sites of Esther and Mordechai are still venerated in Iran, as well as the prophet Ezekiel.
I also remember that Abraham wandered from Turkey, to Kuwait, to Egypt, to Israel, to Saudi Arabia. It seems the bible covers quite a geographic diversity. Nineveh, the city Jonah wanted to destroy, is across the river from Mosul, Iraq. Mt Ararat is thought to be in Turkey. It makes me want to go on an Arab/Persian Bible tour. Anyone want to come? Are there other biblical stories you can think of that aren’t located in Egypt or Israel?