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Icons of the Bible: The City of Haran

Updated: Sep 3

Icons of the Bible: The City of Haran
Icons of the Bible: The City of Haran

“God is in the midst of the city. It shall not be moved. God will help it when morning dawns.” Psalm 46:5

Icons of the Bible

God has always been at work in all things, all places and all people, from the very first cities and even in all the cities around the world right now. His purposes will not be thwarted. his grace is available to you in all circumstances to help you do and think things you could not do on your own.

You are part of the Body of Christ, you are the church, so be the church no matter where you are. Do good and let your thinking and doing be a witness to the world!! - Andy

map of Haran
Haran and Surrounding Area

'Harran, also spelled Haran, Roman Carrhae, ancient city of strategic importance, now a village, in southeastern Turkey. It lies along the Balīkh River, 24 miles (38 km) southeast of Urfa.

The town was located on the road that ran from Nineveh to Carchemish and was regarded as of considerable importance by the Assyrian kings. Its chief cult in Assyrian times was that of the moon god. It is frequently mentioned in the Bible; Abraham’s family settled there when they left Ur of the Chaldeans (Genesis 11:31–32)." from the article: Haran

Ancient Haran & Tomb of Terah

The city of Haran in what is now southern Turkey is one of the world’s oldest major international transit centers. Located near the headwaters of the Euphrates River, virtually all overland traffic between Mesopotamia and the western regions of Canaan, Egypt and the Hittite Empire had to pass through Haran in ancient times. In the Bible, Haran is best known as the city where Abraham and his family settled for a time on their way from Ur to Canaan, and where Abraham’s father Terah died. Though the city continues to exist in the form of modern Harran, little remains of the ancient settlement of Abraham’s day. Nevertheless, there are extensive pre-Roman ruins which give a glimpse of life here in Biblical times.


Many cities of the ancient world claim to be important centers of trade. In fact, most cities of the ancient world were centers of trade by definition, some more important than others. But few cities that were not sea ports rivaled Haran. Located on the banks of the Balith River, a tributary of the Euphrates near its northern end, Haran lay directly on the main road between Carchemish, the southeastern-most major city of the Hittites, and Nineveh, capital of the Assyrians. This stretch of highway later constituted the western end of the Silk Road to the Orient.." from the article: ANCIENT HARAN & TOMB OF TERAH

Who Was Terah?

Terah (also spelled Terach) was the father of Abraham, the first Patriarch of the Jewish nation. Although Terah worshipped idols and raised his family in the idolatrous city of Haran, his son Abraham independently recognized the existence of one true G‑d, and eventually left his father’s home for the Land of Israel.

Terah: Biography in Brief

Scripture provides few details of Terah’s life.1 He was born in the year 1878 from Creation (1883 BCE) to his father Nahor, who was eighth in line from Noah. Terah married a woman named Amathlai, daughter of Karnebo.2 When he was seventy, his wife bore him a son named Abraham (then called Abram). Abraham was followed by two more sons, Nahor3 and Haran.4

Initially Terah lived in the Chaldean city of Ur Kasdim, but at one point he decided to journey to the Land of Canaan (better known by its later name, the Land of Israel).5 Accompanying him were Abraham, Abraham’s wife Sarah (then called Sarai), and Haran’s son Lot. (Haran himself had died in Ur Kasdim, and Nahor apparently decided to remain behind.6) Along the way they stopped in the city of Haran,7 where they decided to stay.." from the article: Who Was Terah?


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