(1.) Heb. haran;
i.e., "mountaineer." The eldest son of Terah, brother
Milcah, and Iscah.
He died before his father (Gen. 11:27
), in Ur
of the Chaldees.
(2.) 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 (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
Belik, an affluent of the Euphrates,
about 70 miles above where it joins that river in Upper Mesopotamia
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
(2 Kings 19:12
; Isa. 37:12
). It was known to the Greeks and Romans under the name Carrhae.
(3.) The son of Caleb
(1 Chr. 2:46
) by his concubine Ephah.