In a message dated 11/28/00 9:06:52 PM Eastern Standard Time,
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> Probably the footnotes to Ginzberg's Legends of the Jews would be a good
> place to look. I think there is pre- (or at least non-) rabbinic evidence.
> Bob Kraft
This is a vefry popular legend. I first heard it in religious school at about
the age of six. Maybe it's based on the Biblical passage that says Abraham
came from the Sumerian city of Ur (where there were many "idols").