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.
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
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.