Mesopotamia

Greek: mesas, middle; potamos, river; country between rivers

The country between the two rivers (Hebrew: Aram-naharaim; i.e., “Syria of the two rivers”), the name given by the Greeks and Romans to the region between the Euphrates and the Tigris. In the Old Testament it is mentioned also under the name “Padan-aram;” i.e., the plain of Aram, or Syria. The northern portion of this fertile plateau was the original home of the ancestors of the Hebrews. From this region Isaac obtained his wife Rebecca, and here also Jacob sojourned and obtained his wives, and here most of his sons were born. The petty, independent tribes of this region, each under its own prince, were warlike, and used chariots in battle. They maintained their independence till after the time of David, when they fell under the dominion of Assyria, and were absorbed into the empire.