by Wayne Blank
Haran, The Man
Haran was born, and died, in Ur of the Chaldees:
"When Terah had lived seventy years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Now these are the descendants of Terah. Terah was the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran was the father of Lot. Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his birth, in Ur of the Chaldeans." (Genesis 11:26-28 RSV)
Haran, The Place
The family group first traveled from Ur to Haran. Terah died there, while Abraham's family later continued, by God's command for them to do so, to what became the land of Israel:
"Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai [i.e. Sarah] his daughter-in-law, his son Abram's wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan; but when they came to Haran, they settled there. The days of Terah were two hundred and five years; and Terah died in Haran."
"Now Esau hated Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him, and Esau said to himself, "The days of mourning for my father are approaching; then I will kill my brother Jacob." But the words of Esau her older son were told to Rebekah; so she sent and called Jacob her younger son, and said to him, "Behold, your brother Esau comforts himself by planning to kill you. Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; arise, flee to Laban my brother in Haran" (Genesis 27:41-43 RSV)
Fact Finder: What happened during the years that Jacob/Israel spent in Haran with his uncle Laban?