Was Terah 70 or 130 when Abram was born?


Genesis 11:26

After Terah had lived 70 years, he became the father of Abram, Nahor and Haran.

Genesis 11:32

Terah lived 205 years, and he died in Haran.

Genesis 12:4

Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.

Acts 7:2-4

"The God of glory appeared to our father Abraham while he was still in Mesopotamia, before he lived in Haran. 'Leave your country and your people,' God said, 'and go to the land I will show you.'

"So he left the land of the Chaldeans and settled in Haran. After the death of his father, God sent him to this land where you are now living."


The general consensus among Bible scholars seems to be that Abram was born when Terah was 130. Though Abram is listed first of Terah's three sons, that does not necessarily mean he was the oldest, or that the three brothers were triplets; it is likely he is listed first because of his importance. A couple of chapters earlier in Genesis, there is an example of sons being listed out of chronological order: Noah's sons are always listed as "Shem, Ham and Japheth" (Gen 6:10, 7:13, 9:18, 10:1), yet Ham was the youngest (Gen 9:22-24).


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