(1.) Heb. haran; i.e., "mountaineer." The eldest son of Terah, brother of Abraham and Nahor, and father of Lot, Milcah, and Iscah. He died before his father (Gen. 11:27), in Ur of the Chaldees. (2.) Heb. haran, i.e., "parched;" or probably from the Accadian charana, meaning "a road." A celebrated city of Western Asia, now Harran, where Abram remained, after he left Ur of the Chaldees, till his father Terah died (Gen. 11:31, 32), when he continued his journey into the land of Canaan. It is called "Charran" in the LXX. and in Acts 7:2. It is called the "city of Nahor" (Gen. 24:10), and Jacob resided here with Laban (30:43). It stood on the river Belik, an affluent of the Euphrates, about 70 miles above where it joins that river in Upper Mesopotamia or Padan-aram, and about 600 miles northwest of Ur in a direct line. It was on the caravan route between the east and west. It is afterwards mentioned among the towns taken by the king of Assyria (2 Kings 19:12; Isa. 37:12). It was known to the Greeks and Romans under the name Carrhae. (3.) The son of Caleb of Judah (1 Chr. 2:46) by his concubine Ephah.
A certain writer, however, narrates a different version of haran's death.
"Thou shouldst have been placed with an astrologer," said haran to him one day.
Off in haran where he dwelt for twenty years he was among heathen people.
Lot's father was haran, a son of Terah, and brother to Abraham.
Their elder son, haran, was a maker of idols and Abraham became his helper without haran being told it was his brother.
On the way to haran, where Laban dwell, Jacob rested and slept.
So also Abraham, the exalted, was not the first-born, but haran.
How can this be true if he departed from haran after his father's death?
Terah heard this and was angry with haran, for he feared that the secret of the child's birth might be betrayed.
(Genesis 12:1-3) Abraham with his wife and others left haran for the land of Canaan.