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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Haran:

(1.) 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 (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 Act 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 (2Ki 19:12; Isa 37:12). It was known to the Greeks and Romans under the name Carrhae.

(3.) The son of Caleb of Judah (1Ch 2:46) by his concubine Ephah.

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

Haran:

mountainous country

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Haran:

(a mountaineer).

(1.) The third son of Terah, and therefore youngest brother of Abram (Genesis 11:26). (B.C. 1926) Three children are ascribed to him-Lot (Genesis 11:27; 11:31) and two daughters, viz., Milcah, who married her uncle Nahor (Genesis 11:29) and Iscah (Genesis 11:29). Haran was born in Ur of the Chaldees, and he died there while his father was still living (Genesis 11:28).

(2.) A Gershonite Levite in the time of David, one of the family of Shimei (1 Chronicles 23:9).

(3.) A son of the great Caleb by his concubine Ephah (1 Chronicles 2:46).

(4.) HARAN or CHARRAN (Acts 7:2; 7:4) name of the place whither Abraham migrated with his family from Ur of the Chaldees, and where the descendants of his brother Nahor established themselves (compare Genesis 24:10 with Genesis 27:43). It is said to be in Mesopotamia (Genesis 24:10) or more definitely in Padan‐aram (Genesis 25:20) the cultivated district at the foot of the hills, a name well applying to the beautiful stretch of country which lies below Mount Masius between the Khabour and the Euphrates. Here, about midway in this district, is a small village still called Harran. It was celebrated among the Romans, under the name of Charrae, as the scene of the defeat of Crassus.

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