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Terah lived seventy years and became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran. Bible

“and became the father of Abram, Nahor, and Haran.” This does not mean Terah had triplets or that all three children were born when Terah was 70. We have to work the chronology in the Bible to find out when the children were born. Genesis 11:26 is similar to Genesis 5:32, which says, “Noah was 500 years old, and Noah became the father of Shem, Ham, and Japheth” (see commentary on Gen. 5:32). Only the eldest son was born when Terah was 70 years old. We have to discover which son was the eldest and at what time the other sons were born by studying the related scriptures. The son born to Terah when he was 70 years old is not stated in the Bible. It could have been either Nahor or Haran. Terah was 130 years old when Abram was born, so there was 60 years between the birth of Terah’s oldest son and Abram. Abram’s birth year can be calculated from Scripture. When Terah died, Abram left Haran to go to the Promised Land (Genesis 11:31; Acts 7:1-4), so the year Terah died was the year Abram left Haran for the Promised Land. Genesis 11:32 says that Terah died at 205 years old, and Genesis 12:4 states Abram was 75 when he left Haran. Thus 205 (Terah’s age) minus 75 (Abram’s age) equals 130, the age of Terah at Abram’s birth.


Commentary for: Genesis 11:26