Shem

Shem (Heb., “name,” “renown”)

One of the three sons of Noah. Shem occupies a special place among the sons of Noah because he was the eldest (Gen 5:32; Gen 9:18), the recipient of special blessing (Gen 9:26), and the ancestor of a group of peoples that included the Hebrews (Eber, Gen 10:21, Gen 10:24). Thus the term “Semite” (“Shemite”) has its derivation in reference to his descendants.

Gen 5:32

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Gen 9:18

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Gen 9:26

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Gen 10:21

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Gen 10:24

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