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Ham

Meaning: warm, hot, and hence the south; also an Egyptian word meaning “black”

This was the name of the youngest son of Noah (Gen. 5:32; compare 9:22,24).

The races that developed from the children of Ham were the most energetic of all the descendants of Noah in the early times of the post-Flood world.

One of the most important facts recorded in Gen. 10 is the foundation of the earliest monarchy in Babylonia by Nimrod the grandson of Ham (6, 8, 10). The early Babylonian empire was thus Hamitic, and a cognate race with the early inhabitants of Arabia and of Ethiopia. (See ACCAD.)

The following table shows how his his descendants dispersed after the Tower of Babel:

       HAM
         —Cush
              EthiopansMizraim (Genesis 10:6)
              EgyptiansPhut
              Lybians, Mauritanians
         —Canaan
              Canaanites, Phoenicians
Author: Matthew G. Easton, edited by Paul S. Taylor.

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