from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • An ancient city of Assyria on the Tigris River south of present-day Mosul, Iraq. It was probably built in the 13th century B.C.


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  • The next city of this aggregation is "Calah," identified in cuneiform writing as Kalchu, which lay near the confluence of the Tigris and the upper Zab.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • From that land he went into Assyria, and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-ir, Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.

    The Great Experiment

  • And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah

    Probably Just One Of Those Funny Coincidences

  • In745—precisely after two kings were assassinated in Samaria— the ambitious governor of the great Assyrian city of Calah in the Tigris valley revolted against his own overlords and began the process of transforming Assyria into a brutal and predatory state.

    The Bible Unearthed

  • Assyria is specifically mentioned in relation to the Tigris River in Genesis2:14, and two of the royal capitals of the Assyrian empire—Nineveh (recognized as the capital of the empire in the seventh centuryBCE) and Calah (its predecessor)—are mentioned in Genesis10:11(both are J documents).

    The Bible Unearthed

  • She had ridden with him the whole distance from Govinna, her eyes wide with wonder at the sight of the lowlands, the aqueducts towering over the rolling fields, the towns with their whitewashed villas and domed cathedrals, the sapphire waters of Lake Istar, where the floating boat-city of Calah stood, all towering masts and gliding outriggers.

    Chosen Of The Gods

  • Higher still, he floated over the other cities of the heartland: island-bound Calah, crowded Odacera across the water, Kautilya™s glowing bronze foundries.

    Chosen Of The Gods

  • Nevorian of Calah, one of the empire™s greatest sculptors, had already begun work on the cherubic face that would grace the gray-stone door, but for now, there was only a bronze plaque, bearing the name of Symeon IV.

    Chosen Of The Gods

  • The sculptor Nevorian of Calah had chiseled the first names into its smooth surface over the past few days.

    Chosen Of The Gods


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