From The Alpha and the Omega - Volume I, Table of Nations - Noah's descendants
by Jim A. Cornwell, Copyright © 1995, all rights reserved
"Introduction to the Table of Nations - Noah's descendants"
    The Table of Nations - Noah's descendants, is from Volume I, page 206-274, encompassing Genesis 10-11:32 and a Hebrew Translation verses the KJV scriptures.
    From The Alpha and the Omega, Volume I -- by Jim A. Cornwell - Table of Nations - Noah’s descendants, page 206-209.

Begins page 207
Source --
Map of the Nations mentioned in Genesis 10

The Table of the Nations

The prophecy of the Moral and Spiritual History of the Nations.
    Noah’s son Ham whose fourth son, Canaan (Gen. 10:6) is the purpose of this prophecy is clearly to show the origin of the Canaanites and to set forth the source of their moral pollution, which after many centuries leads to their destruction by Joshua and their enslavement by Israel.
    Canaan’s curse was basically religious in contrast to Shem’s blessing was religious.   "Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Shem…." (Gen. 9:26) in whom all nations were to be blessed.   The Canaanite religion was full of bloodshed and debauchery and centered on sex.   This included two goddesses’ Astarte (Ashtaroth) and Anath, sacred courtesans and eunuch priests were common, as well as human sacrifice.   Japheth’s blessing was also religious, "God enlarge Japheth, and let him dwell in the tents of Shem …" (Gen. 9:27), as Gentiles they have been grafted on the good olive tree.
    Some believe that this is predictive of the Cross, when spiritual guidance of humanity passed from the Jews to the Gentiles, i.e. to the Japhetic family.   To Shem was given the primacy of religious teaching, but there comes a time when Japeth enters the picture, and philosophy (which is essentially Japhetic) was married to theology, and also has been enlarged as to growth of population around the world (the peoples of Indo-European stock, even the Americas).  This trend has continued since the dispersion of the Jews around the world in the first century A.D.
    The Hamitic people (Egyptians, Babylonians, Mayans, Aztecs) all were the innovators of mankind, in inventing and applying technology for humanity, as if the role of servants of mankind.
    Noah’s prophecy (Gen. 9:25, 26, 27) was expressly pronounced upon Canaan alone.

-- Genesis Ten: Table of Nations After the Flood --
-- Gen. 10:2-5 Sons of Japheth --
-- Gen. 10:6-20 Sons of Ham --
-- Gen. 10:21-31 Sons of Shem --
-- Gen. 10:32 End of the Table of Nations.

Begins page 208
    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."
    Gen. 10:1 {Now} these {are} [(He Lamed Aleph - Vau) A(ay)LL(eh)H, these - Heb. ‘el-leh, ale’-leh, from ‘el; these or those, other, one sort, so, some, such, them, they, this, thus, which, who, whom.]
the generations of [(Tau Daleth Lamed (Vau vowel) Tau) T(oh)L(uh)Dh(oh)Th, Heb. towledah or toledah, to-led-aw’, seen in Gen. 2:4 "the generations of" is Tau (Vau vowel) Daleth Lamed (Vau vowel) Tau, all are toledhoth, from a root yalad (Daleth Lamed Yod), to beget, used always in the plural, refers to lines of descent from ancestor and occurs in the phrase "these are the generations of," introducing each of the eleven sections of Genesis, from 2:4 to 37:2 (NIV "this is the account of").]
the sons of Noah ,
Shem, Ham ,
and Japheth :
(2) {and unto them} (to them)
(3) {were} sons
(1) (were) born
(4) after the flood [Genesis Ten does provide us with a comprehensive view of the origins of all the nations, as to a specific time period in history of mankind.   Even those who believe that this history is not intended to include the population of the Far East or the New World or even many of the present peoples of Africa, may be surprised at what is really found.   The Table of Nations is specifically only for that type of mankind that survived the Flood.   It is obvious that the Flood should have reduced the world’s population to only eight souls, close inbreeding naturally occurred, but this time the effect was in terms of life expectancy.
    In-breeding in modern terms means the heredity is breaking down, and defects and weaknesses begin to appear.   The average life span may decrease, and lethal traits may weather after the first few generations (five with plants, and ten with animals) before the effects begin leveling off, and uniformity becomes fixed in the species.   Therefore longevity may have been along this line of reasoning.
    There is no reason to suppose that Shem’s wife was closely related to him by blood, for the population before the Flood may have been quite extensive.   And therefore their son, Arphaxad, was not a child of inbreeding in any significant sense.   But from then on, inbreeding would become necessary, for Arphaxad must have married either a sister or a first cousin.   Plus there is the grand question of who is Cainan of Luke 3:36?   This inbreeding would possibly affect the next ten generations (around Jacob) till it began smoothing out.   As stated in Gen. 6:3 "And the LORD said, My spirit shall not always strive with man, for that he also is flesh: yet his days shall be an hundred and twenty years."  Some believe this means the LORD imposed a repentance period of only 120 years before the Flood occurred.   Others believe the shortening of life was God’s way of relieving mankind from experiencing a long life and the degrees of wickedness which would ensue.   This all depends upon which interpretation of this verse one uses.
    One should remember that Adam and Eve were perfect as created, without defective genes, but after the Fall, their offspring either engaged in inbreeding or found other species to breed with.   The only difference here is that the population was growing, making it less likely that close blood relations would breed.].

Begins page 209
    Biblical Archaeology Review – March/April 1997 Vol. 23 No. 2
5500 B.C.
    Page 10 "Evidence of the Great Flood? The Fountains of the Great Deep Burst Forth"
    "A research team headed by William B.F. Ryan and Walter C. Pittman, geologists with Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, reports that 7,500 years ago sea levels rose dramatically and salt water cascaded through the narrow Bosporos strait into the Black Sea, which was then a freshwater lake.   Using seismic evidence, sediment cores and fresh water fossils, the geologist have traced the shores of the old lake, according to a report in the New York Times.   The scientists determined that the Black Sea’s water levels rose about 500 feet, perhaps in only a matter of months.   The quickly rising waters then submerged over 60,000 square miles of land.   They also observed that the western and northern coasts of the Black Sea supported some of the West’s earliest agricultural communities.   Only around 7,500 years ago did settled agricultural communities begin to appear in central Europe, Anatolia and Mesopotamia."  These migrants brought with them vivid memories of what was perceived as a world-wide deluge.

    Biblical Archaeology Review – March/April 1997 Vol. 23 No. 2
6500 B.C.
    Page 20 "Ain Ghazal -- Do the Statues from Ain Ghazal, Represent a Married Couple,"
by Gary Rollefson - Co-Director, Ain Ghazal Project, Ober Ramstadt, Germany.
    "The ‘twins’ of Ain Ghazal ("The Spring of the Gazelles, in Jordan) appear at a tumultuous time in the (pre-)history of the southern Levant.   In the early seventh millennium B.C.E., farming settlements that had been inhabited for hundreds of years in Israel and the Jordan Valley were being abandoned rapidly, and by 6500 B.C.E. (uncalibrated), every known permanent village had been deserted.   Where did the populations go?   Some people probably established new, smaller hamlets that haven’t been discovered yet.   But the great majority pulled up stakes and ‘moved in’ with relatives in other settlements in the highlands of Jordan, including Ain Ghazal.   Thus, the two-headed statues might possibly represent a union of the mythical ancestors of both groups.
    For our statues, we also have one six-toed foot and a seven-fingered hand."
    Emphasis mine: These are among the oldest statues ever found (7th millennium B.C.) discovered between 1983 and 1985 on the outskirts of Amman, and the people who made the statues heated the rock to between 650 and 900 degrees centigrade, cooled, then mixed with water, resulting in a wet paste, workable, tough and water resistant when dry.   The technique is a precursor to ceramic technology, and the period is called - Pre-Pottery Neolithic B.   Some specialists believe that they burned so many trees in fires to heat the limestone that deforestation led to the civilizations downfall.   Mr. Rollefson never considered that maybe none of the population survived the Flood.
    Page 21 "They’re Twins of the Zodiac," by Harry Rand, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
    "The two-headed Ain Ghazal statues can be understood as part of proto-historic predictive astrology.  Its central feature was the apparent cyclical movement of a fixed number (usually 12) of constellations, the zodiac."   "Two thousand years before the age of Taurus, that is, c. 6000-6500 B.C.E., the age of Gemini was presided over by twins and twin gods.   The Ain Ghazal figures date to c. 6500 B.C.E., right in the middle of the age of Gemini, when nothing would have seemed so fitting for religious expression as twins."

    Biblical Archaeology Review – May/June 1997 Vol. 23 No. 3
    Page 49-50 "Desert Shrines Dedicated To Imageless Gods," by Uzi Avner.
    "For 25 years Archaeologist Uzi Avner has documented desert sites for the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) … 1500 archaeological sites he has surveyed in the Negev and Sinai deserts.   Avner actually discovered thousands of sites and ‘a full sequence of very rich human activity and creativity … over the last 10,000 years.’   In the Uvda Valley alone, Avner documented nearly 400 sites dating from the 6th to the 2nd millennium B.C.E., some containing remains of sophisticated agricultural communities.
    But the Negev’s ancient cult remains are probably the most unexpected of Avner’s discoveries, in particular the numerous masseboth, or standing stones, scattered through the area.   These stones range in date from the 11th millennium B.C.E. to the early 7th century C.E., though most are concentrated in the period running from the 6th to 3rd millennium B.C.E.   Masseboth were erected wherever people camped, settled or traveled, … near copper mines and graves."
    Masseboth was developed by desert populations, and can be found in Israelite, Nabatean and Arabic religions, all of which have desert roots.

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