Genealogy of Terah (Father of Abraham)

Gen. 11:26-32:
26 "Terah lived seventy years, and became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.
27 Now these are the records of the generations of Terah. Terah became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran; and Haran became the father of Lot.
28 Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans.
29 Abram and Nahor took wives for themselves. The name of Abramís wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahorís wife was Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah and Iscah.
30 Sarai was barren; she had no child.
31 Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abramís wife; and they went out together from Ur of the Chaldeans in order to enter the land of Canaan; and they went as far as Haran, and settled there.
32 The days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran.

The rest of this chapter completes the basic study of Genesis, Chapters 1-11. The scripture says that Terah lived 70 years before he had the sons Haran, Abram, and Nahor. Haran fathered Lot; then, Haran died. As was the tradition, when a brother or son dies, the family members take care of the widow and children. Abram and Nahor married; Abram married Sarai; Nahor married Milcah. Milcah was the daughter of the brother that died, Haran. Haran also had another daughter, Iscah. As described in future scripture, Abram soon becomes Abraham and Sarai becomes Sarah. The next course will most likely be a follow-on to these chapters of Genesis. The course will be the detailed study of Abraham.

There is a short start to Abraham in this chapter 11. Sarai was barren. That means she apparently could not have a baby. It appears from inferring from scripture, Terah may have in some way gotten part of the "message" that is normally attributed to Abraham. That is, God was going to tell Abraham where to go to settle. He left Ur, as Abraham was apparently told to do from God, and went to Haran, northeast of the land of Canaan. This trip and the character and behavior of Abraham will be studied later.



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