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Haran (hâ'ran), a mountaineer. 1. The brother of Abraham, and the father of Lot. Genesis 11:26. 2. A Levite. 1 Chronicles 23:9.

Haran (hâ'ran), parched, dry; called Charran (kăr'ran). Acts 7:2. 4 A. V. The place to which Terah removed from Ur of the Chaldees. Terah died there, Genesis 11:31-32; Abram and Lot moved to Canaan, Genesis 12:4, while Nahor remained at Haran, which was called the city of Nahor. Genesis 24:10. It was the early home of Rebekah, and Jacob afterward resided there with Laban. Genesis 27:43. The city was in Mesopotamia, and more definitely in Padanaram, Genesis 24:10; Genesis 25:20, and also in western Assyria. It is generally identified with the modern Haran, the Roman Carræ, situated on the river Belik—the ancient Bilichus—about 60 miles above its entrance into the Euphrates.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Haran'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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