Haran

Haran (Hair´uhn)

A city located in northern Mesopotamia about sixty miles above the confluence of the Balikh and Euphrates Rivers. Haran figures prominently in the patriarchal narratives and in the attempts at historical reconstruction of the patriarchal period. In addition to Haran, the father of Lot and brother of Abram (Gen 11:31), the names of several of Abram’s relatives are the names of cities or towns in the region of Haran: Peleg, a distant ancestor (Gen 11:18); Serug, Abram’s great-grandfather; Nahor, his grandfather and his brother; and Terah, his father (Gen 11:22-29). Terah took his household to Haran after leaving Ur of the Chaldees (Gen 11:31-32) and died in Haran. Abram left Haran for Canaan at God’s instruction (Gen 12:1), gathering with him his sizable household and considerable wealth, amassed while in Haran (Gen 12:4-5). Abraham sent his servant back to the region of Haran to procure a wife for his son Isaac (Gen 24:10). Jacob is instructed by Rebekah to return to Haran as a place of refuge following his appropriation of Esau’s birthright (Gen 27:43; Gen 28:10). In Haran, he took his wives and fathered the sons who would become the fathers of Israel’s tribes. Haran became an important center for the worship of the moon god, Sin. Activity there is mentioned in (Ezek 27:23). Following the fall of Nineveh in 612 BCE, the remaining Assyrians fled to Haran for refuge. (2Kgs 19:12) mentions the destruction of Haran by a coalition of Medes, Scyths, and Babylonians.

Gen 11:31

31Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Cha ... View more

Gen 11:18

18When Peleg had lived thirty years, he became the father of Reu;

Gen 11:22-29

22When Serug had lived thirty years, he became the father of Nahor;23and Serug lived after the birth of Nahor two hundred years, and had other sons and daughter ... View more

Gen 11:31-32

31Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram's wife, and they went out together from Ur of the Cha ... View more

Gen 12:1

The Call of Abram
1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father's house to the land that I will show you.

Gen 12:4-5

4So Abram went, as the Lord had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran.5Abram took his wife Sarai and his ... View more

Gen 24:10

10Then the servant took ten of his master's camels and departed, taking all kinds of choice gifts from his master; and he set out and went to Aram-naharaim, to ... View more

Gen 27:43

43Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; flee at once to my brother Laban in Haran,

Gen 28:10

Jacob's Dream at Bethel
10Jacob left Beer-sheba and went toward Haran.

Ezek 27:23

23Haran, Canneh, Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Asshur, and Chilmad traded with you.

2Kgs 19:12

12Have the gods of the nations delivered them, the nations that my predecessors destroyed, Gozan, Haran, Rezeph, and the people of Eden who were in Telassar?

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