Genesis 11:31, Did Haran build Haran?

Question: Verse 31 it says that Terah took his family and went into the land of Canaan and came to Haran and dwelt there.  Was this a city named or established by his  son Haran who died in Ur of the Chaldeans as mentioned in verse 29? Answer: It is unlikely that Haran built the city named Haran. However, it is possible that Terah and the family that moved there named the area Haran. The Bible often refers to places by the name that they were known by when the books were written, not necessarily the name that people called it in that day. Genesis 11:9 for example. -PJ

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