Canaan, the grandson of Noah, settled in the area that would later become Israel, the territory God promised to the Jews. When God rescued the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, he ordered Joshua to wipe out the idolatrous Canaanites and take the land.
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Shem means "fame" or "name. Scholars call the language they developed shemitic or semitic. Shem lived years. Japheth means "may he have space" or "may God enlarge. Their descendants spread to the coastlands around the Mediterranean and lived in harmony with Shem's people.
Generations of Noah
This was a first hint that the Gentiles also would be blessed by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Ham means "hot" or "sunburnt. One of Ham's grandsons was Nimrod, a mighty hunter, king over Babel. Nimrod also built the ancient city of Nineveh, which later played a part in the story of Jonah. An unusual genealogy occurs in Genesis chapter Rather than just a family tree listing who fathered whom, it details descendants "by their clans and languages, in their territories and nations.
Moses , the author of the book of Genesis, was making a point that explained later conflicts in the Bible. Descendants of Shem and Japheth might be allies, but Ham's people became enemies of the Shemites, such as the Egyptians and Philistines. Eber, meaning "the other side," is mentioned in the Table as a great-grandson of Shem. The term "Hebrew," which originates from Eber, describes a people who came from the other side of the Euphrates River, from Haran.
And so in Chapter 11 of Genesis we are introduced to Abram, who left Haran to become Abraham , father of the Jewish nation, which produced the promised Savior, Jesus Christ. Share Flipboard Email. Everything changed after the Flood, as recorded in Genesis Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded to plant a vineyard. When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent.
Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father naked and told his two brothers outside. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked. The lowest of slaves will he be to his brothers. May Canaan be the slave of Shem. The date of composition of Genesis 1—11 cannot be fixed with any precision, although it seems likely that an early brief nucleus was later expanded with extra data.
I Chronicles 1 includes a version of the Table of Nations from Genesis, but edited to make clearer that the intention is to establish the background for Israel. This is done by condensing various branches to focus on the story of Abraham and his offspring. Most notably, it omits Genesis —14, in which Nimrod, a son of Cush, is linked to various cities in Mesopotamia, thus removing from Cush any Mesopotamian connection. In addition, Nimrod does not appear in any of the numerous Mesopotamian King Lists. The Table of Nations is expanded upon in detail in chapters 8—9 of the Book of Jubilees , sometimes known as the "Lesser Genesis," a work from the early Second Temple period.
In the First Epistle of Peter , , the author says that eight righteous persons were saved from the Great Flood, referring to the four named males, and their wives aboard Noah's Ark not enumerated elsewhere in the Bible. The Genesis flood narrative tells how Noah and his three sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth, together with their wives, were saved from the Deluge to repopulate the Earth. The 1st-century Jewish-Roman historian Josephus , in Antiquities of the Jews Book 1, chapter 6, was among the first of many who attempted to assign known ethnicities to some of the names listed in Genesis chapter His assignments became the basis for most later authors, and were as follows: .
Hippolytus of Rome , in his Diamerismos c. It is thought to have been based on the Book of Jubilees. The Chronography of , the Panarion by Epiphanius of Salamis c.
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Jerome , writing c. His list is substantially identical to that of Josephus in almost all respects, but with the following notable differences:. The scholar Isidore of Seville , in his Etymologiae c. Isidore's identifications for Japheth's sons were repeated in the Historia Brittonum attributed to Nennius.
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Isidore's identifications also became the basis for numerous later mediaeval scholars, remaining so until the Age of Discovery prompted newer theories, such as that of Benito Arias Montano , who proposed connecting Meshech with Moscow , and Ophir with Peru. While Genesis 10 was covered extensively by numerous Christian, Jewish and Muslim scholars over many centuries, the phrase "Table" of nations only appeared and became popular in English from the s.
In the early 6th century CE, perhaps in Byzantine Constantinople or elsewhere in the Eastern Roman Empire , the commonly-termed "Frankish Table of Nations" was created, likely under the influence of Gothic sources. It drew heavily from Tacitus's Germania and is notable for its focus on linking the various Germanic peoples and their neighbors of the 6th century to Trojan and Biblical ancestors. The text was eventually transmitted to Frankish Gaul by the 6th to 7th centuries and in the early 9th century CE, likely due to its reference to the ancestry of the Britons, was used as a primary source by an anonymous Welsh scribe for the Historia Brittonum.
The Greek Septuagint LXX text of Genesis includes an additional son of Japheth, "Elisa", between Javan and Tubal; however, as this name is found in no other ancient source, nor in I Chronicles, he is almost universally agreed to be a duplicate of Elisha, son of Javan. The presence of Elisa and of Cainan son of Arpachshad below in the Greek Bible accounts for the traditional enumeration among early Christian sources of 72 names, as opposed to the 70 names found in Jewish sources and Western Christian sources. Beginning in the 9th century with the Jewish grammarian Judah ibn Quraysh, a relationship between the Semitic and Cushitic languages was seen; modern linguists group these two families, along with the Egyptian , Berber , Chadic , and Omotic language groups into the larger Afro-Asiatic language family.
In addition, languages in the southern half of Africa are now seen as belonging to several distinct families independent of the Afro-Asiatic group.
Timeline of Genesis patriarchs
Some now discarded Hamitic theories have become viewed as racist; in particular a theory proposed in the 19th century by Speke, that the Tutsi were supposedly of some Hamitic ancestry and thus inherently superior. There exist various traditions in post-biblical and talmudic sources claiming that Noah had children other than Shem, Ham, and Japheth who were born before the Deluge.
According to the Quran Hud 42—43 , Noah had another unnamed son who refused to come aboard the Ark, instead preferring to climb a mountain, where he drowned. Some later Islamic commentators give his name as either Yam or Kan'an. According to Irish mythology , as found in the Annals of the Four Masters and elsewhere, Noah had another son named Bith who was not allowed aboard the Ark, and who attempted to colonise Ireland with 54 persons, only to be wiped out in the Deluge.
Some 9th-century manuscripts of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle assert that Sceafa was the fourth son of Noah, born aboard the Ark, from whom the House of Wessex traced their ancestry; in William of Malmesbury 's version of this genealogy c. An early Arabic work known as Kitab al-Magall "Book of Rolls" part of Clementine literature mentions Bouniter , the fourth son of Noah, born after the flood, who allegedly invented astronomy and instructed Nimrod.
Martin of Opava c. However, Annio's manuscript is widely regarded today as having been a forgery. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Genesis And Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
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