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terah in Easton's Bible Dictionary

the wanderer; loiterer, for some unknown reason emigrated with his family from his native mountains in the north to the plains of Mesopotamia. He had three sons, Haran, Nahor, and Abraham, and one daughter, Sarah. He settled in "Ur of the Chaldees," where his son Haran died, leaving behind him his son Lot. Nahor settled at Haran, a place on the way to Ur. Terah afterwards migrated with Abraham (probably his youngest son) and Lot (his grandson), together with their families, from Ur, intending to go with them to Canaan; but he tarried at Haran, where he spent the remainder of his days, and died at the age of two hundred and five years (Gen. 11:24-32; Josh. 24:2). What a wonderful part the descendants of this Chaldean shepherd have played in the history of the world!

terah in Smith's Bible Dictionary

(station), the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran, and through them the ancestor of the great families of the Israelites, Ishmaelites, Midianites, Moabites and Ammonites. #Ge 11:24-32| The account given of him in the Old Testament narrative is very brief. We learn from it simply that he was an idolater, #Jos 24:2| that he dwelt beyond the Euphrates in Ur of the Chaldees, #Ge 11:28| and that in the southwesterly migration, which from some unexplained cause he undertook in his old age, he went with his son Abram, his daughter-in-law Sarai, and his grandson Lot, "to go into the land of Canaan, and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there." #Ge 11:31| And finally, "the days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran." #Ge 11:32| (B.C. 1921.)

terah in Schaff's Bible Dictionary

TE'RAH (loiterer), the father of Abraham, who accompanied him to Haran, in Mesopotamia. where he died at the age of two hundred and five, Abraham being then seventy-five years of age. Gen 11:31-32.

terah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Tenth from Noah through Shem; father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran (Genesis 11:27). Accompanied Abram from Ur on the way to Canaan (an act of faith on the part of one so very old; persuaded by his godly son), but died at Haran when 205 years old. He was 70 when Haran his oldest son was born, 130 when ABRAM was born (Genesis 11:26; Genesis 11:32; Genesis 12:4; Acts 7:2-4). (See ABRAHAM.)