(812-783 B.C.), the term mat Kaldu covered practically all Babylonia.
Later, during the period covering the fall of Assyria and the rise of the Neo-Babylonian empire, the term mat Kaldu was not only applied to all Babylonia, but also embraced the territory of certain foreign nations who were later included by Ezekiel (xxiii.
It is also possible that Kasdu-Kaldu is connected with the proper name Chesed, who is represented as having been the nephew of Abraham (Gen.
It is possible, though not certain, that the occurrence of the word kalu (priest) in Babylonian, which has no etymological connexion with Kaldu, may have contributed paronomastically towards the popular use of the term "Chaldaeans" for the Babylonian Magi.