Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Genesis 10:6-20 The nations descended from Ham

Ham had several sons: Cush, Mizraim, Put and Canaan.

Cush's sons were: Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah and Sabteca. A son named Nimrod is also mentioned in verse 8. Some say Nimrod may be the Hebrew name for Sargon I, an early ruler of Akkad. In verses 8-12, Nimrod is said to be "a mighty warrior on the earth" (NIV), and "a mighty hunter before the LORD"(NIV). The centers of his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Akkad and Calneh in Shinar. Then he went on to build Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah and Resen.

Mizraim's sons are the following peoples: The Ludites, Anamites, Lehabites, Naphtuhites, Pathrusites, Casluhites (the Philistines came from these) and the Caphtorites.

Put's sons are not named here, if he had any.

Canaan's sons are Sidon (his firstborn),and the following peoples: the Hittites, Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, Arvadites, Zemarites, and Hamathites. Scripture says that "Later, the Canaanite clans scattered and the borders of Canaan reached from Sidon toward Gerar as far as Gaza, and then toward Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah and Zeboiim, as far as Lasha." (v.18-19 NIV)

I suppose a map of some sort would be helpful for identifying where these nations/peoples are thought to have been located. I will try to find one that will allow reproduction here.

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