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Origins: The Family of Abraham: From Terah to Jacob

Shalom, everyone! The following is a diagram of the family of Abraham, from his father Terah to the latter’s great-grandson Jacob, based upon the accounts of the Book of Genesis (Bereshith) in the Tanakh, the Book of Jasher, and the Book of Jubilees. Please click twice on the diagram to expand to full size:



The Family of Abraham: From Terah to Abraham

Terah was the son of Nahor son of Serug, and Ijaska daughter of Nestag. He married:

  • Firstly Edna/Amthelo, daughter of Abram and Karnebo, and had issue:
    • Three sons Haran, Nahor II, and Abram (Abraham);
  • Secondly Pelilah, and had issue: One son, Zoba.

Terah and his family left the land of Ur Chasdim (Ur of the Chaldees) to travel to the Land of Canaan after the destruction of the Tower of Babel.

Son of Terah Descendants
 Haran Haran was the eldest of Terah‘s three sons. He was the twin brother of Nahor (Jasher 7:22), and had issue:

  • One son Lot (Jasher 9:2) and two daughters Milcah and Sarai/Iscah (Sarah) (Jasher 9:3).
    • Lot married Ado and had at least three daughters, the first of whom, Paltith, was unjustly executed in Sodom.
    • Lot fathered two sons Moab and Ben-Ammi with his two unnamed surviving daughters.

Haran was burnt to death in the fire set by Abram intended to burn down his father Terah‘s house of idols in Ur Chasdim (Jubilees 12:12-14).

 Nahor II Nahor was the second son of Terah, and named after his grandfather. He married firstly his niece Milcah, daughter of Haran, and had issue:

  • Eight sons Uz, Buz, Kemuel, Kesed, Chazo, Pildash, Tidlaf and Bethuel.
  • Bethuel had issue, two sons Sachar and Laban, and one daughter Rebecca.
  • Laban married Adinah and had issue, two daughters Leah and Rachel, and three sons Beor, Alib, and Chorash.
  • Leah and Rachel married Jacob son of their paternal aunt, Rebecca.

Please note that sexual relations between first- and second-degree relatives are now FORBIDDEN by the Torah.

Nahor married secondly Reumah and had issue:

  • Four sons Zebach, Gachash, Tachash and Maacha.
 Abram (Abraham) Abraham married firstly Sarah, his niece and had issue:

  • One son Isaac.
    • Isaac married Rebecca, daughter of Bethuel son of Nahor II, and had issue:
      • Two sons Esau and Jacob.
      • Esau married Mahalath daughter of his paternal uncle Ishmael.
      • Jacob married Leah and Rachel, daughters of his maternal uncle Laban.

Please note that sexual relations between first- and second-degree relatives are now FORBIDDEN by the Torah.

Abraham married secondly Hagar, an Egyptian woman, and had issue:

  • One son, Ishmael.
  • Ishmael married firstly Ribah/Meribah and had issue:
    • Four sons Nebayoth, Kedar, Adbeel, Mibsam and one daughter Mahalath
  • Ishmael married secondly Malchuth and had issue:
    • Eight sons Masa, Dumah, Nishma, Chadad, Tema, Yetur, Naphish, and Kedma

Abraham married thirdly Keturah, a Canaanite woman, and had issue:

  • Six sons, Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak and Shuach
    • Zimran had issue: Three sons Abihen, Molich and Narin
    • Jokshan had issue: Two sons Sheba and Dedan
    • Medan had issue: Five sons Amida, Joab, Gochi, Elishaa and Notcha
    • Midian had issue: Five sons: Ephah, Epher, Chanoch, Abida and Eldaah
    • Ishbak had issue: Makiro, Beyodua and Tator
    • Shuach had issue: Four sons Bildad, Mamdad, Muban and Meban
 Zoba Zoba had issue:

  • Three sons Aram, Achlis, and Merik:
    • Aram married three wives and begat twelve sons and three daughters (Jasher 22:36).
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