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Haran

This is the name of two biblical men and one city.

  1. Haran, the eldest son of Terah

    He was a brother of Abraham and Nahor, and father of Lot, Milcah, and Iscah. He died before his father (Genesis 11:27), in Ur of the Chaldees.

  2. Haran, son of Caleb of Judah (1 Chronicles 2:46) by his concubine Ephah

  3. Haran the city, also known as Harran, Charran, Carrhae, and City of Nahor

    It is called “Charran” in the LXX and in Acts 7:2. It is called the “city of Nahor” in Genesis 24:10. It was known to the Greeks and Romans under the name Carrhae.

    Hebrew: haran חָרָן, i.e., “parched;” or probably from the Accadian charana, meaning “a road”

    This was a celebrated river city of Western Asia, now Harran. It was on the caravan route between the east and west. It is here that Abram remained, after he left Ur of the Chaldees, till his father Terah died (Genesis 11:31-32). Later, Abram left, continuing his journey into the land of Canaan, his promised land.

    Laban lived in Haran with his daughters Rachel and Leah. His relative Jacob fled there and stayed for years, before returning to face his twin brother Esau in Canaan.

    It stood on the river Belik, an affluent of the Euphrates, about 70 miles above where it joins that river in Upper Mesopotamia or Padan-aram, and about 600 miles northwest of Ur in a direct line.

    It is mentioned among the towns later taken by the king of Assyria (2 Kings 19:12; Isaiah 37:12).