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Icons of the Bible: Shem, Hem & Japeth - Sons of Noah

Updated: Aug 31, 2023

Icons of the Bible: Shem, Hem & Japeth - Sons of Noah
Icons of the Bible: Shem, Hem & Japeth - Sons of Noah

The Icons of The Bible Series will go through all the people of the Bible in chronological order. I will attempt to provide you focused article and videos that will help you become more familiar with those whom God chose to tell us about in His Holy Scripture. - Andy

Icons of the Bible: Shem, Hem & Japeth - Sons of Noah

Who Were the Sons of Noah, and What Happened to Them and their Descendants?

Noah had three sons born to him, Shem, Ham, and Japheth, before God sent a flood to destroy the world (Genesis 5:32). Whenever the names of Noah’s three sons are recorded, Shem is always mentioned first (e.g., Genesis 9:18; 10:2, 21), even though Shem was the second-born (the Bible often lists people according to prominence rather than age). Japheth was the oldest (Genesis 10:21), and Ham was the youngest (Genesis 9:24).

Japheth was born when Noah was 500 years old, and the flood came 100 years later (Genesis 7:6–7). Since Shem was 100 two years after the flood (Genesis 11:10), he must have been born when Noah was 502 years old. There is no record of when Ham was born other than the fact that he was born sometime after Shem (Genesis 9:24).

“Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber” (Genesis 10:21), and this is important because the word Eber is the origin of the Hebrew word for “Hebrew.” The word Shem means “name,” which implies that Noah expected this son’s name to become great. He was right—the modern words Semitic and Semite are derived from Shem’s name. The Bible records that Shem had five sons: Elam, Ashur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram (Genesis 10:22). Shem lived to be 600 years of age (Genesis 11:10–11) and became the ancestor of the Semitic peoples (Genesis 10:1, 21–31). Abraham, a descendant of Shem, is the first person in the Bible who is referred to as a “Hebrew” (Genesis 14:13).." from the article: Who were the sons of Noah, and what happened to them and their descendants?

The Origin of Humanity--Descendants of Noah Formed All The Ethnic Groups We See Today

Video from DTBM

"The key to the past history of planet Earth is the Bible. The key that unlocks all the mysterious past events in human history is God's Word. The key to opening the vistas of future history for the destiny planet Earth hurtles towards, is the Word of God. Across the face of our world seethes ethnic rivalry, genocide, ancient hatred, and religious and regional warfare. Where did the races and nations come from? Nationalism is rising from the Balkans to the Orient. Terrorists seek to cause concessions to gain independence in the Basque country, Northern Ireland, Palestinian areas and other places. How did all this start? Genesis 10 gives us the birth of the nations. So, the Bible is the key to the present, which is written in God's Word in the past! Open with me to perhaps the most fascinating chapter in the Bible, The Table of the Nations. God’s map of all the human families. The ultimate genealogy. All of our relatives are found in just one chapter of God's Word! As we look over these 32 verses tonight you will come to the same conclusion I have. Namely, the Biblical explanation of national and tribal origins is far superior to any evolutionary ideas, both morally and genetically. Note that the Bible does not mention the concept of “race” at all, only languages, peoples, tribes, and nations. The most important difference between groups of men, of course, is not skin color, but language. It is only the language barrier that could enforce isolation and inbreeding among men, and it is only such inbreeding that could have produced the many distinctive physical characteristics of the different groups." from video introduction.

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