Born: 1883 BC
Born In: Ur of the Chaldees
Terah or Térach is an Abrahamic religious figure who prominently features in the Bible’s Book of Genesis. His father was Nahor, whose own father was Serug. Terah is distinguished in the scriptures as the father of the Patriarch Abraham. Their family had descended from Shem's son Arpachshad. Terah appears in both the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. Terah, like many of his ancestors, was an adherent of polytheism and idol worshipper. He sired two other sons besides Abraham: Haran, and Nahor II. The family resided in Ur of the Chaldees. Terah, along with his family, set out for the land of Canaan. However, during their stay in the city of Haran, Terah passed away, and his family was forced to continue towards Canaan without him. The scriptures offer contradictory information on certain aspects of his life and death. The Jewish tradition states that when he died, he was 205 years old, while the Samaritan tradition maintains that his death occurred at the age of 145.