Who Was Abraham’s Father In The Bible

Abraham was the founding father of three major religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam (if you include Abimilech and Ishmael). He is probably the most important historical figure in all of those religions. And yet, the Bible never once clearly states who Abraham’s father was. It seems like a simple question with a straight-forward answer: he was Terah, his biological father…or was he?

Although Abraham is known as father of three great religions, the story of his birth, life and death are shrouded in mystery. We know from many historical sources and genealogies preserved in ancient religious texts that he was a real person(s).

Abraham had an unusual family. After all, he was the son of a clansman and a concubine. While Abraham’s parents were alive, his family had no powerful influence. His father’s lands were very small and the family had frequent problems with their neighbors. However, Abraham’s life changed when God blessed his father’s household with many gifts. Abraham soon became the richest man in this part of the world. As you will see in this article, God eventually led him to build a territory so big that it later became three great kingdoms, each ruled by one of his sons.

Who was Abraham’s father in the Bible? This is a question that you usually ask when you see it or have already come across it. You should have in mind that this particular question can be asked to anyone that is close to you, anyone that has read the bible and perhaps anyone that knows something about Abraham and his life.

Who Was Abraham’s Father In The Bible

Terah is listed in the Bible (firstly in the  ‘Book of Genesis’) as the father of Abraham and son of Nahor. Terah is mentioned in the following parts of the Bible:

  • Genesis 11:26–27
  • Joshua 24:2
  • 1 Chronicles 1:17–27
  • Luke 3:34–36.

Terah, according to the Book of Genesis, was responsible for taking his family from the land of UR to Canaan land. He never reached Canaan as he stopped in a city named Haran where he met his demise.

Terah passed on after living for 205 years. Abraham at that time was 135 years old. Abram started the journey from Haran to Canaan before the death of Haran. Terah was known as an idolatrous priest.

Who Was Abraham’s Father In The Bible

Genesis 11:31 ESV / 9 helpful votes 

Terah took Abram his son and Lot the son of Haran, his grandson, and Sarai his daughter-in-law, his son Abram’s wife, and they went forth together from Ur of the Chaldeans to go into the land of Canaan, but when they came to Haran, they settled there.

Hebrews 11:17-19 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, “Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.” He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which, figuratively speaking, he did receive him back.

Genesis 11:29 ESV / 6 helpful votes 

And Abram and Nahor took wives. The name of Abram’s wife was Sarai, and the name of Nahor’s wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran the father of Milcah and Iscah.

Psalm 103:13 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

As a father shows compassion to his children, so the Lord shows compassion to those who fear him.

Joshua 24:15 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”

Genesis 22:1-24 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he said, “Here am I.” He said, “Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I shall tell you.” So Abraham rose early in the morning, saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him, and his son Isaac. And he cut the wood for the burnt offering and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. On the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes and saw the place from afar. Then Abraham said to his young men, “Stay here with the donkey; I and the boy will go over there and worship and come again to you.” …

Genesis 15:6 ESV / 5 helpful votes 

And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

Hebrews 11:17 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son,

Hebrews 11:8 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

Galatians 3:29 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

John 8:58 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I am.”

Isaiah 9:6 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Proverbs 3:11-12 ESV / 4 helpful votes 

My son, do not despise the Lord’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the Lord reproves him whom he loves, as a father the son in whom he delights.

Joshua 24:2-3 ESV / 4 helpful votes Helpful Not Helpful

And Joshua said to all the people, “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘Long ago, your fathers lived beyond the Euphrates, Terah, the father of Abraham and of Nahor; and they served other gods. Then I took your father Abraham from beyond the River and led him through all the land of Canaan, and made his offspring many. I gave him Isaac.

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