Nahor, son of Terah
Nahor, son of Terah
Ur of Chaldees (Ur Kaśdim), Sumer, Mesopotamia, present-day Iraq
|Spouse(s)||Milcah, Reumah (concubine)|
|Children||Uz, Buz, Kemuel, Kesed, Hazo, Pildash, Jidlaph, Bethuel, Tebah, Gaham, Tahash, Maacah|
|Relatives||Abraham (brother), Haran (brother), Lot (nephew), Milcah (niece), Iscah (niece)|
In the account of Terah's family mentioned in Genesis 11:26-32, Nahor II (Heb. נָחֹור Nāḥōr) is listed as the son of Terah, amongst two other brothers, Abram and Haran (v.26,27). His grandfather was Nahor I, son of Serug. Nahor married the daughter of his brother Haran, Milcah, his niece (v.29). They may all have been born and raised in the city of Ur: the biblical account states that "Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans" (Genesis 11:28).
When Abram had an encounter with God, this brother directed his family to leave their native land and go to the land of Canaan. Terah, their father, coordinated the gathering of his family to journey west to their destination (Genesis 11:31). They followed the Euphrates River, with their herds, to the Paddan Aram region. This was about halfway along the Fertile Crescent between Mesopotamia and the Mediterranean, in what is now southeastern Turkey. In this region, Nahor and his family settled except for his brother Haran, who had died sometime ago back in Ur (v.28). The city where they settled, Harran, is the place where Nahor's father would die (v.32).
- Uz, the firstborn
- Bethuel, father of Rebekah, the wife of Isaac
|Ishmaelites||7 sons||Bethuel||1st daughter||2nd daughter|
Nahor in the Book of Joshua
In his final speech to the Israelite leaders assembled at Shechem, Joshua recounts the history of God's formation of the Israelite nation, beginning with "Terah the father of Abraham and Nachor, [who] lived beyond the Euphrates River and worshiped other gods" (Joshua 24:2).
- Harran, the city where the family first settled (spelled differently in Hebrew from the family name of Haran).