TERAH (tē'ra, Heb. terah)
Son of Nahor and father of Abram (
TERAH tĭr’ ə (תֶּ֔רַח; LXX θάρρα). Terah was the father of Abraham (
Terah had three sons, which are identified in Genesis as Abram, Nahor, and Haran when he lived in Ur, identified by most scholars as Al-Muqayyar on the lower Euphrates near the Persian Gulf. From Ur he migrated northward some 500 m. along the Euphrates to the city of Haran, located about 275 m. NE of Damascus.
Although Abram is listed first, it does not necessarily follow that he was the oldest son. Haran, who died before the family moved northward, may have been the oldest son. It was Haran’s son Lot who eventually went with Abram to Pal.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)
A wilderness camp of the Israelites between Tahath and Mithkah (
See Wanderings of Israel.