Reu (or Ragau) (Hebrew: רְעוּ, Re'u ISO 259-3 Rˁu) in Genesis was the son of Peleg and the father of Serug, thus being Abraham's great-great-grandfather.

He was 32 when Serug was born and lived to the age of 239 (Genesis 11:20), according to the Masoretic text. The Septuagint and Samaritan Pentateuch state that his age on fathering Serug was 132, and the Septuagint thus gives age at death as 339.

Book of Jubilees Narrative

The Book of Jubilees names his mother as Lomna of Shinar (10:28), and his wife as Ora, daughter of Ur Kesed (11:1). He is said to have been born at the time when the Tower of Babel was begun.

Genesis 11 Narrative

18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:
19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:
21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
Genesis 11:18-21

Marriage and Family


Offspring of Reu and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Serug ben Reu 9999 Mesopotamia 9999 Mesopotamia Milcah, daughter of Haran
other sons and daughters


Offspring of Peleg ben Eber and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Reu ben Peleg 9999 Mesopotamia 9999 Mesopotamia
other sons and daughters


Footnotes (including sources)

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