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Origins: The Generations of Noah: Noah and His Immediate Family

Shalom, everyone! The following is a diagram of the generations of Noah (Noach) and his immediate family based upon the accounts of the Book of Genesis (Bereshith) in the Tanakh, the Book of Jasher, and the Book of Jubilees. Noah and his family settled in the land of Mesopotamia (modern-day Iraq) after the Great Flood. From there each of Noah’s sons and their families migrated to other regions of the world as follows:

  • Japheth: Europe, West Asia (Turkey, the Caucasus, and northern Iran), Central Asia, and North Asia
  • Shem: The “Middle East” (Northeast Africa including the Levant, southern Iran, and the Arabian Peninsula), South AsiaEast Africa, West Africa and Southern Africa
  • Ham: The “Middle East” (Northeast Africa including the Levant, southern Iran, and the Arabian Peninsula), North AfricaSouth Asia, Southeast Asia, East Asia, and Oceania.

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The Generations of Noah: Noah and His Immediate Family

The name of Noah‘s wife is unclear. The Book of Jubilees states that Noah married Emzara, the daughter of his uncle Rake’el (Jubilees 4:33). However, the Book of Jasher mentions that Noah married Naamah, the daughter of Enoch, his great-grandfather. Noah had three sons, JaphethShem, and Ham. The Book of Jubilees lists Emzara as the mother of all three (Jubilees 4:33); the Book of Jasher lists Naamah as the mother of only two of Noah‘s sons, Japheth and Shem, with Ham‘s mother not mentioned.

Noah‘s three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth each married one of the daughters of Eliakim (Jasher 5:35, Jubilees 7:14-16) as follows:

 Son of Noah Descendants
Japheth Japheth married Adataneses (Jubilees 7:15) daughter of Eliakim (Jasher 5:35), and had issue:

  • Seven sons GomerMagogMadaiTubalMeshechTiras and Javan
 Shem Shem married Sedeqetelebab (Jubilees 7:16) daughter of Eliakim (Jasher 5:35), and had issue:

  • Five sons Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud and Aram (Genesis 10:22, Jasher 7:15);
  • At least one daughter, Name Unknown, who later became the wife of Madai, son of Japheth (Jubilees 10:50-51).
 Ham Ham married Ne’elatama’uk (Jubilees 7:14) daughter of Eliakim (Jasher 5:35), and had issue:

  • Four sons Cush, Put, Mirzraim and Canaan (Genesis 10:6-8, Jasher 7:10).

The texts do not name all of the children of JaphethShem, and Ham; these men had to have had additional daughters for their male offspring to marry in order to fulfill Elohim‘s command to reproduce and replenish the Earth after the Flood (Genesis 9:1).

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