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Haran

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

  1. Hebrew: haran; i.e., “mountaineer”

    Haran, the eldest son of Terah—Haran was a brother of Abraham and Nahor, and father of Lot, Milcah, and Iscah. He died before his father (Gen. 11:27), in Ur of the Chaldees.

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

    Haran, Harran or Charran—a celebrated city of Western Asia, now Harran, where Abram remained, after he left Ur of the Chaldees, till his father Terah died (Gen. 11:31-32), 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” (Gen. 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; Isa. 37:12). It was known to the Greeks and Romans under the name Carrhae.

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