Defending God's Word_02 (4)

At Genesis 11:28, we are told that “Haran died in the presence of his father Terah in the land of his kindred, in Ur of the Chaldeans.” However, Genesis 29:4 says of Jacob, who is enquiring about his relatives, “My brothers [polite address to shepherds], where do you come from?” They said, “We are from Haran.”

There is no conflict here, as Abraham’s descendants originated from Ur, but later migrated up to Haran, when Abram was called by God. (Gen. 11:31-12:1) There is nothing strange about referencing Ur, one’s birthplace as their homeland, nor doing the same with the place one lived up until they were 75-years-old. Moreover, he refers to his brother’s children as being part of his family.