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Haran, Son of Terah and brother of Abraham. The father of Lot and also the father of Abraham’s wife Sarah (Abr. 2:2), he died as the result of a severe famine in Ur of the Chaldees (Gen. 11:26–31; Abr. 2:1).

Through his son Lot, Haran was the ancestor of the Moabites and Ammonites, and through his daughter Milcah he was ancestral to the Aramaeans.


Genesis 11 Narrative


26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram (Abraham), Nahor, and Haran.
27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram’s wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son’s son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram’s wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
Genesis 11:24-32

Marriage and Family

  1. Lot ben Haran
  2. Milcah
  3. Iscah



Children


Offspring of Haran and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Lot ben Haran 9999 City of Ur, Mesopotamia 9999 City of Ur, Mesopotamia
Milcah, daughter of Haran 9999 City of Ur, Mesopotamia 9999 City of Ur, Mesopotamia Nahor ben Terah

Iscah ben Haran

Siblings


Offspring of Terah and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Abraham ben Terah 9999 City of Ur, Mesopotamia 9999 Kirjath-arba, Hebron, Land of Canaan Sarai, daughter of Terah
Hagar, handmaid of Sarah
Keturah

Nahor ben Terah 9999 City of Ur, Mesopotamia 9999 City of Ur, Mesopotamia Milcah, daughter of Haran
Reumah (?-?)

Haran ben Terah 9999 City of Ur, Mesopotamia 9999 City of Ur, Mesopotamia

Offspring of Terah and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarai, daughter of Terah 9999 City of Ur, Mesopotamia 9999 Kirjath-arba, Hebron, Land of Canaan Abraham ben Terah

Notable Descendants

  • Jesus Christ - According to Christianity, as a descendant of David, Jesus is a descendant of Haran through David's great-grandmother Ruth, a Moabitess[5] and hence a descendant of Lot. Solomon's wife Naamah, mother of Rehoboam and ancestress to all of Judah's subsequent kings, was an Ammonitess and thus also descended from Haran.[6]

Disambiguation

Haran is the name of two other people mentioned in the Bible.

  • Haran, son of Caleb (1Chronicles 2:46). His name's Hebrew spelling, however, is like that of Haran the place.
  • Haran, son of Shimei (1Chronicles 23:1-9). He was a Levite who lived in the time of David and Solomon.

Haran is also the name of the place in Chaldea that Terah's family settled after Haran's death. (Gen 11:23

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