Most of what is told about Terah is recorded in Genesis 11:26-28. Terah's father was Nahor, son of Serug, descendants of Shem. They and many of their ancestors were polytheistic. Regarding his children, Terah had three sons: Abram, Haran, and Nahor II. He also had a daughter-in-law Sarai, wife of Abram. The entire family, including grandchildren, lived in Ur of the Chaldees. One of his grandchildren was Lot, whose father Haran, Terah's son, died while living in Ur.
Terah's son, Abram, had an encounter with God who directed him to take the entire family and leave Haran to the land of Canaan. Terah coordinated the journey intending to go to this new land, however, he ended up staying in Haran (biblical place), a city that was along the way. He died in Haran at 205 years of age.
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