Terah

Terah or Térach, a Hebrew term meaning “Ibex, wild goat”, or “Wanderer; loiterer”, refers to the father of the Patriarch Abraham, offspring of Shem. He is mentioned in the Hebrew (Old Testament) Bible and the New Testament.   According to the Bible, Timeline Terah was born in 2126 BC.

[This article continues after a message from the authors]
These Articles are Written by the Publishers of The Amazing Bible Timeline
Quickly See 6000 Years of Bible and World History Togetherbible timeline

Unique Circular Format – see more in less space.
Learn facts that you can’t learn just from reading the Bible
Attractive design ideal for your home, office, church …

Limited Time Offer! Find out more now! >

Genealogy and Highlights:

The majority of information regarding Terah is recorded in the book of Genesis. Terah’s father was Nahor, son of Serug, offspring of Shem. The family and several of their antecedents were polytheistic and believed in multiple gods. Terah had three sons: Abram, Haran, and Nahor. The entire family, including grandchildren, resided in Ur of the Chaldees. One of his grandchildren was Lot, whose father Haran, Terah’s son, passed away while residing in Ur.

Terah’s son, Abram, had an encounter with God who told him to take the whole family and leave Ur to go the land of Canaan. Terah coordinated the trip and planned to accompany Abram to his destination .  However, he ended up living in Haran a city that was en route to Canaan. Terah passed away in Haran at the age of 205 years.

Points of View

Terah
Terah

Christian. The time of Terah is established from a Bible verse in the New Testament in the book of Acts. God appeared to Abraham in Mesopotamia and commanded him to leave the Chaldeans.

Rabbinical critics. Terah is the one who told the people to leave Ur Kasdim in the book of Genesis, not Abram.

Life Span. In the year 1921 B.C. Abraham was 75 years old when his father, Terah, passed away at 205 years of age as indicated in the book of Genesis. Consequently, Terah was 130 years old when Abraham was born (205 -75 =130). The detail in Genesis 11:26 that says, “Terah lived seventy years and begot Abram, Nahor, and Haran” (NKJV), cannot signify that Abraham (Abram) was born when Terah was just 70 years old. Rather, Abraham is listed first since it was through his seed that God would create a promised land a people and that the Messiah would arrive. Accordingly, Genesis 11:26 is highlighting his significance rather than his chronology.

Biblical references to Terah:

Genesis 11:24-32. An account of Terah’s family line.

Joshua 24:2. Terah as dweller beyond the Euphrates River and an idolater.

Genesis 11:28. For some unknown reason, Terah undertook a Southwesterly migration to go to the land of Canaan. They came unto Haran, and dwelt there in his old age. He went with his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai, and his grandson Lot.

Genesis 11:31-32. Terah’s death.

Related Articles

Are There Triplets In The Bible?

These Articles are Written by the Publishers of The Amazing Bible Timeline with World History. Quickly See Over 6000 Years of Bible and World History Togetherbible timeline
  • Unique circular format - over 1,000 references at your finger tips on this wonderful study companion
  • Discover interesting facts - Biblical events with scripture references plotted alongside world history showcase fun chronological relationships
  • Attractive, easy to use design - People will stop to look at and talk about this beautifully laid out poster ideal for your home, office, church ...
  • Click here to find out more about this unique and fun Bible study tool!

Gift yourself, your family and Bible study friends this amazing study companion for an exciting journey of discovery.

2 thoughts on “Terah

  1. Good information and satisfied

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *