Genesis 11:26

26 After Terah was 70 years old, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.

Genesis 11:26 Meaning and Commentary

Genesis 11:26

And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and
Haran.
] Abram, though named first, does not appear to be the eldest, but rather Haran; nay, it seems pretty plain that Abram was not born until the one hundred and thirtieth year of his father's life, for Terah was two hundred and five years old when he died, ( Genesis 11:32 ) and Abram was but seventy five years of age when he went out of Haran to Canaan, ( Genesis 12:4 ) and that was as soon as his father died there; and so that if seventy five are taken out two hundred and five, there will remain one hundred and thirty, in which year and not before Abram must be born: the wife of Terah, of whom Abram was born, according to the Jewish writers F24, her name was Chamtelaah, the daughter of Carnebo, or as others F25 call her, Amthalai; but by the Arabic writers


FOOTNOTES:

F26 she is called Juna: the Jews say F1 Terah was the first that found out the way of coining money, and that in his days men began to worship images, and that he was the chief of their priests, but afterwards repented; and that he was an idolater appears from ( Joshua 24:2 ) .


F24 Shalshalet Hakabala, fol. 2. 1. & Bathra in ib.
F25 Pirke Eliezer, c. 26.
F26 Elmacinus, p. 31. Patricides, p. 17. apud Hottinger. p. 281.
F1 Shalshalet, fol. 76. 1.

Genesis 11:26 In-Context

24 When Nahor was 29 years old, he became the father of Terah.
25 After the birth of Terah, Nahor lived another 119 years and had other sons and daughters.
26 After Terah was 70 years old, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
27 This is the account of Terah’s family. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot.
28 But Haran died in Ur of the Chaldeans, the land of his birth, while his father, Terah, was still living.