Haran is an ancient city in northwestern Mesopotamia, just east of the Euphrates River. Abraham's father, Terah, left Ur to go to Canaan (Genesis 11:26-32), but he settled in Haran where he died. After Terah's death, God called Abraham to go to Canaan (Genesis 12:1-9). Abraham, Sarah, and Lot went south to Canaan, while Abraham's brother Nahor stayed in Haran. When Isaac, Abraham's son, was at the age to marry, Abraham sent his servant to Haran where he arranged for Nahor's granddaughter, Rebekah, to be Isaac's wife (Genesis 24). During the next generation, it was Jacob, Isaac's son, who fled to Haran from his brother, Esau, after stealing the birthright; he worked for Laban (son of Nahor, Abraham's brother) so as to marry Rachel and Leah (Genesis 27-29).
AUTHOR: Robert Brusic, Seminary Pastor Emeritus