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Haran


Ha’ran (a mountaineer).

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

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

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

4. Haran or Charran, Acts 7:2, 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. Comp. Gen. 24:10 with 27:43. It is said to be in Mesopotamia, Gen. 24:10, or more definitely in Padan-aram, ch. 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 Harrán. It was celebrated among the Romans, under the name of Charræ, as the scene of the defeat of Crassus.