Haran [N] [H] [S] Heb. haran; i.e., "mountaineer." The eldest son of Terah, 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.
Heb. haran, i.e., "parched;" or probably from the Accadian charana, meaning "a road." A celebrated city of Western Asia, now Harran, where Abram remained, after he left Ur of the Chaldees, till his father Terah died ( Genesis 11:31 Genesis 11:32 ), when he continued his journey into the land of Canaan. It is called "Charran" in the LXX. and in Acts 7:2 . It is called the "city of Nahor" ( Genesis 24:10 ), and Jacob resided here with Laban ( 30:43 ). 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 was on the caravan route between the east and west. It is afterwards mentioned among the towns taken by the king of Assyria ( 2 Kings 19:12 ; Isaiah 37:12 ). It was known to the Greeks and Romans under the name Carrhae.
The son of Caleb of Judah ( 1 Chronicles 2:46 ) by his concubine Ephah.
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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
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Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Haran". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .