Origin of Nations
Origin of Races and Nations - The Bible is clear in teaching that all present races and nations, tribes and languages, have been derived from Noah’s three sons and three daughters-in-law in the few thousand years since the great Flood. It was shown in the previous chapter that the development of the present world population from this beginning is quite reasonable and conservative. However, it might be questioned whether such extreme variations in physical and linguistic characteristics among different groups of men could develop so rapidly. Presumably before the Flood, all men spoke the same language and were of the same race. At any rate, this was true of Noah’s family at least.
Several major European royal genealogies can be traced all the way back to Noah's sons, and the Table of Nations listed in: Genesis, chapters 10-11. This is another important evidence points us directly back to our true ancient history; one which is on the order of thousands of years and in concurrence with the Bible's true record of our ancient history. Bill Cooper, of
Listen to Dr. Cooper, “When applied to the Table of Nations, this healthy historical research yields some surprising facts, surprising that is, in the light of what most commentaries go to such great lengths to assure us of, namely that Genesis is not to be trusted as accurate history. The Table of Nations is a simple genealogy, I wanted to see how many of its names were attested in the records of other nations in the Middle East, which included for my purposes all the nations of Mesopotamia,
The Japhetic Races (10:1-5)
In His governmental dealings with mankind, God saw to it that the races were dispersed over the globe. The confounding of human speech at
A summary of the nations of the
Very briefly then, as we consider just a few of the names in the Japhetic list, we find that in the mythology of the old world, Japheth was regarded as the father of many peoples, particularly the Indo-European nations. The pagan Greeks perpetuated his name as Iapetos, the son of heaven and earth and again the father of many nations. We find his name in the vedas of India where it appears in Sanskrit as Pra-Japati, Father Japheth, who was deemed to be the sun and lord of creation, the source of life in other words for those descended from him. Later, the Romans were to perpetuate his name as that of Ju-Pater, Father Jove, later standardised to Jupiter. We shall see also that the early Irish Celts, the early Britons and other pagan European races traced the descent of their royal houses from Japheth, including the Saxons who knew him as Sceaf (pr. sheaf or shaif). And all these peoples, we must remember, were pagans whose knowledge or even awareness of the book of Genesis was non-existent.
Thus it comes about that, throughout the entire Table of Nations, whether we talk about the descendants of Shem, Ham or Japheth, every one of their names is found in the records of the early surrounding nations of the Middle East, even the many obscure names of certain remote Arab tribes that are otherwise not evident in any modern history book of the times, and enough is available for a detailed history to be written about them. It is a phenomenon of immense implications.
Seven Founders of the Japhetic Nations
First the founders of the Japhetic nations are listed, beginning with Gomer.
· In Genesis 10:2 Gomer's descendants are often identified with the Cimmerians who first settled on the shores of the Caspian and
· Magog comes next. His were a fierce and warlike people ruled over by princes who bore the royal appellation "Gog" (comparable to "Pharoah" or "Caesar"). Their descendants are thought to be the Scythians and their territory to be in the
· Madai is the third founding father listed. His descendants are thought to be the Medes, and their territory is linked with the southwest shore of the
· Javan became the father of the Greek peoples.
· Tubal found their home in northern
· Meschech found their home in northern
· Tiras is thought to have been the ancestor of the Thracians or of certain tribes who found their home around the Taurus.
Seven Founding Families of the Japhetic Nations
Having listed seven founding fathers, the narrative goes on to describe seven founding families beginning with the sons of Gomer in 10:3-4.
· In Genesis 10:3 the first named is Ashkenaz. Jewish commentators believe that his descendants founded
· In v. 4 the sons of Javan come next into prominence beginning with Elishah, thought by some to be Elis in the Peloponnesus, but in any case a maritime people of Grecian stock. Tarshish is frequently identified with southwest coast of
· The statement concerning the Japhetic nations closes with a summary (10:5) of the geographical, philological, tribal, and national divisions of the "Gentiles" (goyim). Those are the nations that came to power after the fall of
The Hamitic Races (10: 6-20)
The table next turns to the Hamitic races. In the early dawn of human history they were the vigorous, aggressive peoples, the early empire builders, the controllers of human destiny. It must have seemed to the old world skeptics that God's prophetic word through Noah regarding the enlargement of Japheth was singularly at fault. Not so. God's prophecies are frequently long-range and take time to mature. With those ancient skeptics it was their perspective that was at fault, not prophecy.
The Hamitic list begins with notable names (10:6-7), the first of which is
1. In Genesis 10:6 the original settlements of
2. Mizraim founded
3. Phut founded the nation of
4. In genesis 10:7 a number of the sons of
5. The sons of Havilah are identified with what was essentially Semitic territory between the Arabian Sea and
In Genesis 10:8-12 Nimrod whom we covered in our RCC and Revelation study became a kingdom builder and the founder perhaps of idolatry, astrology, and all the black arts.
Next Moses begins to point toward the origins of God’s Nation of Israel. First Mizraim's descendants are listed. They are all peoples associated with
The descendants of
1. In Genesis 10:15 the first and foremost of those was
2. In Genesis 10:16-20 Heth founded the Hittite nation. The Jebusites held
The Semetic Races  (10:21-32)
Having dealt with the other peoples, Moses concentrates on the Semitic races. Very little is known about Shem, where he lived, what he did, the size of his family, the convictions that he had. Abraham was a distant descendant of Shem 7 GREATS! (his great-great-great-great-great-great-great-grandson if the chronologies are complete), and Abraham lived an utter pagan in thriving
One supposition is that Shem and Melchizadek were one and the same persons, though there is little proof to substantiate that. But, if it were so, if the famous Melchizadek of Salem were indeed the long-lived Shem, then Abraham must have doubly felt his loss. The list is carried down to Peleg and Joktan, in whose day the great sundering of mankind took place, doubtless a reference to the confusion of tongues at
In Genesis 10:22 the first of Shem's sons was
In v. 23 we see four of
In v. 24 Shem's third son, Arphaxad, is the most important in the entire list of nations because it was through him the royal line led to Abram and thence to Christ. Nothing is known of Salah, Shem's grandson, except that his name means "extension," implying, perhaps, that he was an early colonist. His importance lies in the fact that his son was Eber, the father of the Hebrew people. The name "Eber" means "emigrants." His descendants came from "the other side of the flood" (that is, the Euphrates) to
In v. 25 Eber's two sons both rank high in the list. Peleg's name means "division," appropriately enough. The division of mankind into nations and the curse of tongues at
In v. 26-31 Joktan is thought to be the father of the Arabians. His thirteen sons are listed. Almodad is thought to have founded
In v. 32 while concluding the table of nations, Moses gives a brief summary. “These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided (the word means 'disrupted,' emphasizing man's disruption in judgment) in the earth after the flood: (10:32). The whole chapter emphasizes the completeness of man's dispersal and the picture it gives, although some of its details may be uncertain today, is certainly one of worldwide dispersal.
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