and Abraham's call
the Genesis account.(Gen. 11:27 - 12:4) Abraham didn't leave until after
his father was dead. Terah was 70 when he began to beget
children. Abraham is named first and so was possibly the
first-born (???). Abraham was 75 when he left
live to 205. Therefore Terah was still alive when Abraham
Haran! However, Acts 7:4 seems that he moved on after his
Does this mean that actually Abraham wasn't the first-born and wasn't
in fact born until his father was 130+ ? Or is there any
possible reconciliation of these passages?
Rick & Shirley. ( Kent U.K)
order of Abraham, Nahor and Haran in Gen.
11:27 does not necessarily mean that Abraham was the
For example, the sons of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japheth (Gen.5:32) are given
in that order
yet in Gen. 10: 21 Japheth is called the elder! It appears
order is more to do with the part the people play in God's plan, than
strict chronological order. This may help us understand why
parts of the Bible, Jeremiah for example, are not in what we
would call order! |
Gen. 11:26 means that Terah did not
have any sons until he was at least 70 years. Which son was the elder
we are not told. So it is consistent that Terah was 130 yrs.
when Abraham was born. (The ages also fit in with the age groups of
those generations). Terah having his first son at
that Abraham could
not have been the eldest at all. Abraham appearing some 60 yrs. later.
We conclude that Terah was 130 when Abraham was born. Abraham
not the eldest son and he received the first command from God to remove
from Ur when he was mature, shall we say? and all the family went with
him, indeed it seems that Terah took the initiative ( Gen 11:31 ). Then when
(aged 205yrs). Abraham received a second command ( aged
and then left for Canaan. The question that naturally arises
how long was Abraham in Haran? That we are not told , and
speculation is useless.