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I. JAPHETH, embodying the nations of the North and
I. GOMER—The Bactrians ; Mountain nations.
1. Ashkenaz--Rhagae, in Great Media.
3. Togarmah-Taurica (Crimea).
4. Dodanim-The Daunians, in Italy.
in Northern Armenia.
II. HAM, including the nations of the South.
I. CUSH_Tribes of Southern Africa and Arabia.
1. Seba—Veroe, in Ethiopia.
a) Sheba—Saba, in Arabia Felic.
Arabian Gulf, and near the Persian Gulf.
phon), on the Tigris.
11. Rehoboth Ir–Probably on the castern bank's of
the Euphrates. 12. Calah-Kalah Sherghat, fifty-fire miles south of
1. Ludim-Letus, or Letopolis, in Lower Egypt.
in Middle Egypt.
Buto, in the Delta.
1. Sidon—Sidon, in Phænicia.
western foot of the Lebanon. 8. The Sinnite-Sinnas, near Arca. 9. The Arvadite-The island Aradus at the northern
coast of Phænicia.
east of Antaradus.
III. SHEM, representing the Central parts of the ancient
III. ARPHAXAD—Arrhaphachitis, in North Assyria.
Salah-Along the eastern banks of the Tigris.
a) Peleg-In various parts of Arabia Deserta.
Arabia. 4. Jerah—The coast and mountain of the
Moon, near Hadramaut. 5. Hadoram-Likewise adjoining Hadramaut,
on the coast. 6. Uzal-Sanaa, the capital of Yemen. 7. Diklah 8. Obal Uncertain. 9. Abimael 10. Sheba-The Subaans, in the eastern parts
coast of Arabia.
IV. LĽD— The Lydians, originally living in the Highlands
V. ARAM - Aramad, including northern Mesopotamia,
Syria, and some districts of Arabia. 1. Uz-Ausitis, in the northern parts of Arabia
Deserta. 2. Hul-perhaps Golan, in the east of the Jordan. 3. Gether-perhaps Geshur, on the Orontes. 4. Mash— The Mysians."
See Kalisch, Commentary on Genesis, pp. 231-233.
6. THE TOWER OF BABEL.
From the highlands of Armenia, where the ark had rested after the Deluge, the earlier descendants of Noah migrated southward till they arrived in the beautiful and fertile plain of Shinar, situated between the two great rivers Euphrates and Tigris.
Foreseeing the vast increase of the human family, they determined to build a large city with a stupendous tower, to serve for all future time as a centre of unity to mankind. They not only desired to construct an imposing dwelling-place, but they intended to pile up a gigantic tower whose top might reach to heaven, and by which they might make themselves a name. Thus filled with pride and vanity, they actually began the ambitious task. With brick for stone and bitumen for mortar, they pursued their work with vigour, and the town rose rapidly. But the Lord was displeased at their arrogance and haughtiness. Therefore, He confounded their language suddenly, so that they could not understand one another. Annoyed and bewildered, the workmen renounced their labour; and the city, commenced with such proud hopes but never completed, was called Babel, meaning confusion. Thus the Bible accounts for the perplexing diversity of languages, which thoughtful men might well have deplored as a serious impediment to the brotherly intercourse between nations.
After this sad tale of man's vanity and God's speedy punishment, the Bible returns to the history of Shem. The generations followed each other in quiet succession ; they had to re-discover many of the arts lost by the Deluge; but their chief pursuits were probably those of agriculture and cattle-breeding. The representative of
the ninth generation after Noah was Terah, who became the father of three sons: Abram (later called Abraham), Nahor, and Haran. Haran had a son named Lot, and two daughters Milcah and Iscah. But Haran died before his father Terah. Nahor took Milcah for his wife; while Abram married his half-sister Sarai. Milcah bore many children to her husband, but Sarai was childless. This family journeyed together from Ur of the Chaldees, with the intention of emigrating into the land of Canaan, but they stopped on their way at Haran. Here Terah died in the course of time at the age of two hundred and five years.