ChronologyConcerning the sons of Terah, the Bible says:
After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran. Genesis 11:26
Many commentators take this to mean that Abraham was born when Terah was 70 years old, because the Bible named Abraham first. But in fact the first-named son is the son who receives the birthright (the double inheritance awarded to favorite sons in ancient Middle Eastern culture) and not necessarily the eldest. Nor is this naming order without precedent; Shem is similarly named ahead of Japheth, though Japheth was Noah's eldest son.
Ussher suggested that Haran was the eldest son of Terah probably because Haran was the father of two daughters, each of whom married one of Haran's two brothers. Milcah married Nahor, and Iscah, a.k.a. Sarah or Sarai, married Abraham.
The Bible does not give an exact date of Haran's death. But it does say that Haran died in his home city of Ur of the Chaldees before his father Terah brought the family out of Ur to the country of Haran. The summer of 2082 AM is the latest that Haran could have died. If this is true, then he was 134 years old when he died.
- Ussher, James. The Annals of the World, Larry Pierce, ed. Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2003, pgh. 59
- Ussher, op. cit., pgh. 65
- Jones, Floyd N. The Chronology of the Old Testament, Green Forest, AR: Master Books, 2004 (ISBN 9780890514160), pp. 25, 259 and Charts 1 and 6