his father was dead
7:4 his father was dead. Apparently Abram’s father Terah had also been called to go to Canaan, but instead he only went as far as Haran (Genesis 11:32). Abram could not continue to Canaan until his father died. Terah had, at least to some degree, served other gods (Joshua 24:2), along with his belief in the true God. See notes on Genesis 11:26–12:4.