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Its strongly implied in Yehoshuah, in his final speech to the people (ch. 24): 'וַיֹּאמֶר יְהוֹשֻׁעַ אֶל-כָּל-הָעָם, כֹּה-אָמַר יְ'ה'וָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל, בְּעֵבֶר הַנָּהָר יָשְׁבוּ אֲבוֹתֵיכֶם מֵעוֹלָם, תֶּרַח אֲבִי אַבְרָהָם וַאֲבִי נָחוֹר; וַיַּעַבְדוּ, אֱלֹהִים אֲחֵרִים. וָאֶקַּח אֶת-אֲבִיכֶם אֶת-אַבְרָהָם, מֵעֵבֶר הַנָּהָר, וָאוֹלֵךְ ...
I remember reading (I think it was in Likkutei Sichos, will bring a source IY"H) that the Torah's focus on Avraham starts with Lech Lecha since that it the first place where he does something because Hashem said so. His discovery of Hashem, his being thrown into a fire, etc. were as a result of his own quest.
it does allude that he was thrown into a furnace at Ur Kasdim for his refusal to worship idols. as the midrash expounds the verse, "When Terah had lived seventy years, he begot Abraham, Nahor and Haran... Haran died in the presence of Terah his father, in his native land, in Ur Kasdim" (Genesis 11:26-29). Furthermore, that God chose to grant him prophecy ...
I think you are referring to the (re)discovery of the Torah scroll by Chilkiyahu the High Priest in the time of Yoshiyahu (Josiah?) (mentioned in Kings II chap. 22, and Chronicles II chap. 34), in the course of renovations to the Temple. (If I'm mistaken, please cite a source). You are quite correct that there were many copies of the Torah. This particular ...
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