Historical Genesis

From Adam To Abraham

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Chapter 18 - The Post-Flood Period: Out and About

Upon the death of Noah, his sons and grandsons and their families expand into neighboring lands. Traditionalists have attributed the entire present-day inhabitants of the globe to the wanderlust of Shem, Ham, and Japheth and their descendants. The languages of the Noahic nations were scrambled at the Tower of Babel, according to tradition, and off they went to become Eskimos, Aztecs, Pygmies, Laplanders, Chinese, and so forth.

Simply a casual glance at the racial, linguistic and ethnic differences inherent in our present-day global population, and the time necessary for these differences to accrue, should have ended that line of reasoning centuries ago. The dispersion of the sons of Noah pertains to the covenant generations, those in the line of Adam, with minimal genetic impact on our global population with its diversity in coloration, morphology, ethnicity, customs, and language.

Ancient Hebrew chroniclers surmised Noah’s family remained concentrated near the mountainous region or hill country where the ark landed, and it was there Noah planted his vineyard. Not until Noah died did his sons venture forth with their families to live in the lands and territories allotted to them. Possibly, Noah could have seen the warlike tendencies of his people and putting some distance between them all seemed like a good thing to do for their own well being. Noah trusted Shem with his testament, and he was laid to rest in the same region where the ark had come to rest 350 years earlier.

Genesis 10:1: "Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood."

The verses following Genesis 10:1 list Noah's sons and grandsons. The pattern blurs a bit as some descendant lines are named to the third or fourth generation, and some are named beyond that. Tribal names are included; presumably they were derived from the founding patriarchs of those generations. Later, lands that were settled by these tribes bore the same names such that new immigrants and old residents would take on the name of the land, whether they were Noah’s descendants or not.

Through further biblical references, aided by historical inscriptions and archaeological discoveries, we have a decent picture of the migrations of Noah’s generations and their destined lands.