The Sons of Noah
Adam is not the only ancestor all of us here on earth share in common; we share a common forefather in Noah too, and each of us is a descendent of one of his three sons Japheth, Shem and Ham.
The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the earth. (Genesis 9:18-19)
Shem was the oldest of the three sons (though the KJV, NKJV and NIV state that Japheth was the oldest). He was born 98 years before the flood (Genesis 11:10) and outlived his descendants for 9 generations - except for Eber (from whom we get the word Hebrew) and Abraham - dying at the age of 600. Shem was the progenitor of the Semitic peoples (Genesis 10:21-31).
Second born was Japheth. He was the progenitor of many tribes inhabiting the east of Europe and the north of Asia (Genesis 10:2-5).
The youngest son of Noah was Ham. Ham was the progenitor of the nations Cush, Mizraim, Phut, and Canaan. The "Land of Ham" is a designation for Egypt in the Psalms. One of the most important facts recorded is the foundation of the earliest monarchy in Babylonia by Nimrod the grandson of Ham. The early Babylonian empire was thus Hamitic, and a cognate race with the early inhabitants of Arabia and of Ethiopia.
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