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Smith's Bible Dictionary


(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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