Abraham Path

Urfa Harran Negev
Abraham Path
Route information
Length1,078 km (670 mi)
Major junctions

The Abraham Path is a cultural route believed to have been the path of Islamic, Christian, and Jewish patriarch Abraham’s ancient journey across the Ancient Near East.[1] The path was established in 2007 as a Pilgrims' Way to mimic the historical believed route of Abraham, between his birthplace of Ur of the Chaldees, believed by some to have been Urfa, Turkey, and his final destination of the desert of Negev.

Urfa pond


Abraham/Ibrahim is believed to have lived in the Bronze Age.[2] He traveled with family and flocks throughout the Fertile Crescent, the Arabian peninsula, and the Nile Valley. His story has inspired myriad communities including Kurds, Muslim, Jews, Christians, Alevi, Bedouin, Fellahin, Samaritans, and countless across the world. The Abraham Path Initiative aims to build on this narrative of shared connection with its rich tradition of walking and hospitality to strangers.

Modern Reconstruction

A reconstruction of the ancient path was created in 2007 by the Abraham Path Initiative, a registered 501c3 nonprofit organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, with a global network of partners. William Ury, negotiator and author of Getting to YES helped found the project at Harvard University's Program on Negotiation. Ury's TED Talk speaks about the beginnings of the path and the vision behind the Initiative. Ury says that every culture has an origin-story, and that the origin-story of the Middle East is about how a man and his family walked the Middle East about four thousand years ago.[3] The Abraham Path Initiative is endorsed by the United Nations World Tourism Organization, the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations [4] and other international partners [1]. The initiative is a non-profit, non-religious and non-political organization, whose mission is to support local partners in developing the Abraham Path as:

Mar Saba (Beduin youth)

Overview of the current path

The main historical Abrahamic sites on the current path are Urfa, the birthplace of Abraham according to some Muslim traditions; Harran, according to the Hebrew Bible, a town Abraham lived in, and from which he received the call to start the main part of his journey; Jerusalem, the scene for the binding of Isaac upon the Foundation Stone, according to the Hebrew Bible; and Hebron, the location of the tomb of Abraham and his wife Sarah, according to Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions.

Major junctions of the current path:[6]

See also


  1. ^ "Abraham Path | a cultural route connecting the storied places associated with Abraham's ancient journey". abrahampath.org. Retrieved 2017-05-16.
  2. ^ Bright, John (1972). History of Israel. p. 91.
  3. ^ William Ury. "William Ury: The walk from "no" to "yes" - TED Talk - TED.com".
  4. ^ "Education". United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC).
  5. ^ "Hiking in Abraham's Footsteps, From Turkey to the Holy Land". Haaretz.com.
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-10-17. Retrieved 2013-10-16.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)