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When Nimrod Ruled The World

After the flood (see also The Floods Brought By Christ), the world was re-populated by the children of Noah and his wife (amazingly, her name is not recorded in the Scriptures; nor are the names of the women who married their sons). It wasn't a "new world order" however because humanity quickly returned to what it was before the deluge.

The descendants of two of the sons of Noah, Japheth and Shem, populated areas outward from Noah's native land (in what is today Iraq, just like Abraham centuries later - see Israel's Iraqi Roots), while the descendants of Ham held to the central area where humanity was created. That was made possible by one of Ham's descendants, Nimrod, who established himself as a great hunter and warrior "before the LORD" (which would seem to indicate that Nimrod had some righteous qualities).

Japheth's descendants settled (or were driven away by Nimrod's military forces) into the most distant "isles of the Gentiles" (the RSV has "the coastland peoples"). Notice also that Japheth's descendants developed their own languages ("every one after his tongue") prior to the time of the tower of Babel. The "behold, the people is one, and they have all one language" of Genesis 11:6 referred primarily to Ham's descendants in Babylon, not the others who had already scrambled their languages for themselves.

"10:2 The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. 10:3 And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. 10:4 And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. 10:5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations." (Genesis 10:2-5 KJV)

"Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth"

Shem's descendants were also forced into fringe territories, but they also maintained a subservient presence in the home territory. It was from the descendants of Shem that the "Hebrew" people originated (see the Fact Finder question below).

The Holy Scriptures

"10:21 Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born.

10:22 The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram.

10:23 And the children of Aram; Uz, and Hul, and Gether, and Mash.

10:24 And Arphaxad begat Salah; and Salah begat Eber.

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.

10:26 And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah, 10:27 And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah, 10:28 And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba, 10:29 And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.

10:30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east." (Genesis 10:21-30 KJV)

The Hamites nevertheless ruled the known world at that time. It was from Ham that many of the mightiest nations originated, including the Assyrians, Babylonians, Canaanites, Philistines - and later, the Egyptians, which was known as "the land of Ham" i.e. "105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham" (Psalm 105:23 KJV).

"10:6 And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.

10:7 And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan.

10:8 And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. 10:9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD [see 'Before Abraham Was, I AM']: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. 10:10 And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. 10:11 Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, 10:12 And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.

10:13 And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, 10:14 And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, out of whom came Philistim, and Caphtorim.

10:15 And Canaan begat Sidon his firstborn, and Heth, 10:16 And the Jebusite, and the Amorite, and the Girgasite, 10:17 And the Hivite, and the Arkite, and the Sinite, 10:18 And the Arvadite, and the Zemarite, and the Hamathite: and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.

10:19 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. 10:20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations." (Genesis 10:6-20 KJV)

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