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Bible Meaning: Mountaineer, parched
Strong's Concordance #H2771

There are three people named Haran in the Bible. The first is the firstborn son of Terah and brother to both Abram (Abraham) and Nahor. This Haran was also the father of Lot (Genesis 11:26 - 27).

Location of Haran where Abraham lived Map

The second Haran found in Scripture is one of Caleb's sons through a concubine named Ephah (1Chronicles 2:46). The third person with this name is a member of the tribe of Levi (1Chronicles 23:9).

Terah and his family lived in Ur of the Chaldees for many years. Terah, however, leads his household to migrate northwest after Haran dies when Abram (Abraham) is seventy years old. They settle in a city also named Haran. Terah lives only another five years before dying at the ripe old age of 205 (Genesis 11:32).

Abram, after the death of his father, takes his wife Sarah, along with Lot and his family, to the land of Canaan per God's command. Those of the family who stay in Haran include Abram's brother Nahor and his family.

It is unclear whether the city of Haran was also called Nahor or whether Nahor was a separate village very close to it (Genesis 24:10, 27:43, 28:10, 29:4).

In the KJV translation of Acts 7:2, 4, the word Charran (Strong's #G5488), which means "a mountaineer," is used to refer to where Abraham lived after leaving Ur. Charran is the Greek form of the Hebrew word for Haran.

Important verses


Genesis 11:26 - 27
And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram (Abraham), Nahor, and Haran. Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran: and Haran begat Lot.

1Chronicles 2:46
And Ephah, Caleb's concubine, bare Haran, and Moza, and Gazez: and Haran begat Gazez.

1Chronicles 23:9
The sons of Shimei: Shelomith, and Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the chief of the fathers of Laadan.


Genesis 11:31 - 32
And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife: and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan: and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.

And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.

Genesis 12:4 - 5
So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him: and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

And Abram took Sarai his wife, and Lot his brother's son, and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran: and they went forth to go into the land of Canaan: and into the land of Canaan they came.

Genesis 27:43
Now therefore, my son, obey my voice: and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran . . .

Genesis 28:10
And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran.

Genesis 29:4
And Jacob said unto them, My brethren, whence be ye? And they said, Of Haran are we.

2Kings 19:12
Have the gods of the nations delivered them which my fathers have destroyed: as Gozan, and Haran, and Rezeph, and the children of Eden which were in Thelasar?

Ezekiel 27:23
Haran, and Canneh, and Eden, the merchants of Sheba, Asshur, and Chilmad, were thy merchants.

Further Bible study:

Meaning of Biblical Names
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