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Terah is found in the Old Testament

Terah, son of Nahor, was the father of Haran, Nahor, Abram and Sarai,[1][2] and grandfather of Milcah, Iscah, and Lot,[3] Ishmael[4] and Isaac.[5]

Terah, though a Semite, had come to worship the gods of Ur.[6] Terah married late, fathering children at twice the age of his predecessors after the age of 70.[7] He named one of his sons Nahor, in honor of his own father. It is possible that he named his son Abram after the recently deceased Noah, in honor of the "exalted father" of all mankind. Some ten years after the birth of Abram, Terah took another wife, the mother of his daughter, who he named Sarai, whose name meant "princess", who he gave in marriage to Abram. After the death of his son Haran, he left with Abram in a pilgrimage a land his son had said Yahweh had called him.[8] However, they stopped in Haran, a city named like his son, where he died at the age of 205 years.[9]


  1. Gen 11:29 (Link)
  2. Gen 20:12 (Link)
  3. Gen 11:27-29 (Link)
  4. Gen 16:15-16 (Link)
  5. Gen 21:1-3 (Link)
  6. Joshua 24:2 (Link)
  7. Gen 11:24 (Link)
  8. Gen 12:1-3 (Link)
  9. Gen 11:32 (Link)
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