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Generation No. 20

Terah

Born: 2023 BC in Ur of the Chaldees

Died: 1818 BC in Haran           (Age: 205)

Father: Nahor

Mother: Ijosek

 

Wife #1: Unnamed

 

Wife #2: Amthelo

 

Father: Cornebo

 

Wife #3: Pelilah

 

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Pelilah’s Children:

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Notes for Terah:

His name in Hebrew is: תרח Terach (the’-rakh) Strongs #8646.  In Greek: Θάρα Thara (thar’-ah) Strongs #2291.

Nahor, Terah's father was 29 when Terah was born, and Terah lived to the age of 38 when Haran and Nahor were born.  Thirty-two years later, Abram was born when Terah was 70.  Terah's son Abram was born after Terah married for the supposed second time to Amthelo.  After the birth of Abram, Terah lived to the age of 205.

The early life of Terah is not known, but his life after the birth of Abram plays a major role in the life of his youngest son, Abram.

Terah was a general (or prince) of Nimrod's armies, and Terah was subject to King Nimrod.  At the birth of Abram, all the wise men if Nimrod and conjurers came to eat and drink at Terah's house to rejoice with him over the birth of Abram.  That night, as the wise men left Terah's house, the wise men beheld a strange event in the night sky.  They told Nimrod what they saw, and they interpreted what they saw.  They said that Abram would grow up and multiply greatly and become powerful and kill all the kings of the earth.  Nimrod wanted to kill the child, so he called Terah and told him that he would purchase his newly born son for a price, so that Nimrod could slay him.  Terah told the king that he would wait for three days to talk with his family about it, in which Nimrod consented to.  After the three days, Terah brought a servant's child before the king telling him that it was Abram.  When Nimrod killed the child, Nimrod thought that he had killed Abram, and he gave Terah the money in which he said that he would purchase for Abram.

After this incident, Terah had Abram secretly hidden in a cave with his mother and a nurse, and Terah brought provisions to them every month for ten years.

When Abram was ten years old, he left the cave and dwelt with Noah and his son Shem for 39 years.      (41) Abram returned to Terah's house at the age of fifty, and Abram found that his father served twelve idols, one for each month in the year.  When Abram destroyed the gods of his father, Terah went to Nimrod admitting that he did not kill Abram, but Nimrod had killed a servant's child instead.  At this Nimrod was furious and demanded to know why.  Seeing the king's anger, Terah told the king that his older son Haran had advised him on keeping the child.  Nimrod commanded that Abram should be burned in the furnace along with his brother, Haran since he had advised Terah for keeping Abram alive.

After Abram survived the furnace, (and Haran died therein), Abram suggested, (through Yahvah) to leave Ur, so Terah went with him to Caanan.

Terah was 120 when he left Ur, and he dwelt in Haran until his death 85 years later. (42)

Terah also married a third time in his old age in Haran to Pelilah and had another son at the age of 170 and then lived another 25 years after the birth of his son Zobah. (43)

 

Notes for Amthelo:

She is only mentioned in Jasher 7:50 as the daughter of Cornebo.  After the birth of her son, Abram she had to dwell in a cave for ten years. (44)

Her name is only mentioned in Jasher once, but she was still living when Abram was fifty.  Abram asked her to fix some meat for his father's gods, (45) but it can be sure that she did not know what her son's intentions were on what he planned to do with the gods.

Amthelo is not mentioned in Genesis, but in Jubilees 11:13, she is known as Edna the daughter Abram.  The story line sounds a little different than what Jasher shows.

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