Genesis 10: Nations after the Flood

In the first hundred years after the flood, how many people do you think might have populated the earth?

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Genesis 10:1 Here is the lineage of Noah’s sons’ descendants—Shem, Ham, and Japheth—who were born after the flood.
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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.

Around what coast did the descendants of Japheth settle?

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Genesis 10:2–5 Japheth’s sons were Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshek, and Tiras. Gomer’s sons were Ashkenaz, Riphath and Togarmah. Javan’s sons were Elishah, Tarshish, Kittim, and Rodanim. Their descendants spread to various lands of different languages along the coast.
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Genesis 10:2–5 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.

Why didn’t Ham’s descendants make their homes among all the descendants of Japheth?

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Genesis 10:6 Ham’s sons were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan.
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Genesis 10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

What did Nimrod do that made him a celebrity?

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Genesis 10:9 Nimrod was a mighty hunter before the Lord, which led to the great compliment: “He is like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.”
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Genesis 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord.

What area did Ham’s descendants populate?

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Genesis 10:6–20 Ham’s sons were Cush, Mizraim, Put, and Canaan. Cush’s sons were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah, and Sabteca. Raamah’s sons were Sheba and Dedan. Cush was the ancestor of Nimrod, who became a mighty leader on the earth. Nimrod was a mighty hunter before the Lord, which led to the great compliment: “He is like Nimrod, a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The great regions of his kingdom included Babel, Erech, Akkad, and Calneh in the land of Babylonia. From there he went to Assyria and built Nineveh with its wide streets and Calah—and also Resen, a great city in between. Mizraim’s descendants were the Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, Caphtorim, and the Casluhim the became the Philistines. Canaan’s firstborn was Sidon, followed by Heth. Canaan was also the ancestor of the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Girgashites, the Hivites, the Arkites, the Sinites, the Arvadites, the Zemarites, and the Hamathites. The Canaanite families were scattered across the land.
The Canaanite territory extended from Sidon in the north to Gerar and Gaza in the south, across to Sodom, Gomorrah, Admah, Zeboim, and on to Lasha. 20 All of these people made up the families, languages, territories, and nations descended from Ham.
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Genesis 10:6–20 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan. And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city. And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim. And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad. And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha. These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations.

What area did Shem’s descendants populate?

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Genesis 10:21–31 Shem, whose younger brother was Japheth, was the ancestor of all the descendants of Eber. Shem’s sons were Elam, Asshur, Arphaxad, Lud, and Aram. Aram’s sons were Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash. Arphaxad’s son was Shelah, father of Eber. Eber had two sons, one named Peleg because the earth was divided in his days, and his brother, Joktan. Joktan’s sons were Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. These sons of Joktan occupied the area from Mesha to Sephar in the eastern hill country. All of these people made up the families, languages, territories, and nations descended from Shem.
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Genesis 10:21–31 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born. The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram. And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash. And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber. And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan. And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah, And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah, And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba, And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan. And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east. These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations.

How was law and order maintained in the communities that developed after the flood??

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In Peleg’s day, the earth was “divided.” What does that mean?

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Genesis 10:25 Eber had two sons, one named Peleg because the earth was divided in his days, and his brother, Joktan.
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Genesis 10:25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.

After three generations, how much of the earth was populated? What was the rest of the planet like?

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Genesis 10:32 This completes the list of Noah’s sons and their descendants who settled in different areas and populated the earth after the flood.
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Genesis 10:32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.