Summary: Terah was the father of Abram (later deemed Abraham), and served in the
city of Babel as the captain of King Nimrod’s armed guard. Terah was an ardent follower
of the state sponsored idol worship enforced throughout the land by Nimrod (B:25:1-9).
When Abram called into question the ten gods of the land, as represented by idols
of wood and stone, Nimrod was greatly offended and had his son arrested and brought
before the king, in accordance with the law (B:25:10-51). After being interrogated
and found guilty by the king, Abram was sentenced to imprisonment and death (B:25:52-67).
In a miraculous turn of events, Abraham was eventually set free as a result of healing
Nimrod’s wife, Veshanu. However, fearing the God of Abraham would shame him before
the people, Nimrod banished Abraham from the land and commanded Terah to follow his
son and kill him. Yet, when Terah caught up to Abraham and Sarah, he did not kill
his son, but dwelt with him peacefully in the land of Haran, learning from Abraham
regarding the true nature of God (B:26:1-74). Terah died when he was 205 years old