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Genesis 10 Summary - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Ch. 10

1 (P). The Generations of the Sons of Noah.

2 5 (P). The Sons of Japheth.

6, 7, and 20 (P). The Sons of Ham.

8 19, and 21 (J). Nimrod, Babylon, and Assyria: Egypt and Canaan.

22 31 (P). The Sons of Shem.

The names of Noah’s sons only occur in Genesis and in the parallel genealogical list in 1 Chronicles 1. The distribution of the races of the earth between their descendants necessarily results from the record, in Gen 7:21, of the destruction of all flesh in the Flood.

As will be seen from the names contained in this list, they represent not a formal genealogy, but a table of the principal races and peoples known to the Israelites. They are arranged, as if they were members of families intimately related to one another. This, however, represents the common attitude of the ancient world in explaining the complexity of tribes and peoples, out of which nations had arisen. We may compare early Greek and Roman accounts of the origin of the inhabitants of Greece and Italy in prehistoric times. The names are some of them racial, and some of them geographical. The attempts at identification are precarious, and cannot often be relied upon.

Observe that the order of the sons of Noah is here reversed. Thus the family of Shem is the last to be enumerated, leading up to the Narratives of the Patriarchs (chaps. 12 50).

Consult other comments:

Genesis 10:0 - The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges

Genesis 10:0 - Commentary on the Holy Bible by Thomas Coke

Genesis 10:0 - Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers (Old and New Testaments)

Genesis 10:0 - John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Genesis 10:0 - Matthew Henry's Whole Bible Commentary

Genesis 10:0 - Jamieson, Fausset and Brown's Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

Genesis 10:0 - Keil & Delitzsch Commentary on the Old Testament

Genesis 10:0 - Commentary Series on the Bible by Peter Pett

Genesis 10:0 - English Annotations on the Holy Bible by Matthew Poole

Genesis 10:0 - Whedon's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

The Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges