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Discovery Magazine 9/1/2009

Ham in Turkey

If you look in the back of your Bible, you may see a map that shows where some of the people and nations mentioned in the Old Testament were located. This map also shows from which one of Noah’s sons many different people descended. We read in Genesis 11 where, after the Flood and the confusion caused at the Tower of Babel, God scattered the descendants of Noah and his three sons all over the Earth (Genesis 11:9). In Genesis 10, we can read where all these people went, and what nations they became.

The descendants of Japheth lived in what is modern-day Turkey, Iran, and many of the islands in the Mediterranean Sea. They became the nations of the Medes, Scythians, Greeks, and other various peoples of the Mediterranean Sea.

Ham’s descendants moved to modern-day Turkey, Egypt, and to the land where the Israelites eventually settled. They eventually became the Hittites, Egyptians, Babylonians, Philistines, Amorites, Canaanites, and most of the other “ites” in the Old Testament.

The descendants of Shem moved to what is now modern-day Iraq, Iran, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia, becoming the nations of Arabia, Syria, Persia, Lydia, Israel, and Assyria.

Eventually, all these people spread out to fill the Earth as God had commanded them in Genesis 1:28, but it took God’s hand at the Tower of Babel to cause them to do it (Genesis 11:5-9).



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