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(nay' hawr) Personal name meaning, “snore, snort.” 1. Son of Serug, father of Terah, and grandfather of Abraham (Genesis 11:22-26 ). 2 . Son of Terah and brother of Abraham (Genesis 11:26 ). He married Milcah, his niece, who bore eight sons for him (Genesis 11:29 ; Genesis 22:20-22 ). Nahor's genealogy shows the link between the Hebrews and other Semitic peoples of the ancient Near East. Of special interest is his relationship to the Aramaeans who dwelled in the region of modern Syria, probably descendants of his children born to Reumah (Genesis 22:24 ), his concubine.

3. City in Mesopotamia where Abraham's servant sought and found a wife for Isaac (Genesis 24:10 ); this in keeping with the ancient custom of marrying within one's family. The city probably was located southeast of Haran. It is mentioned in the Mari Texts.

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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Nahor'. Holman Bible Dictionary. 1991.

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