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Genesis 10:22-23

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10:22 The sons of Shem were Elam, 1  Asshur, 2  Arphaxad, 3  Lud, 4  and Aram. 5  10:23 The sons of Aram were Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash. 6 

1 sn The Hebrew name Elam (עֵילָם, ’elam) means “highland.” The Elamites were a non-Semitic people who lived east of Babylon.

2 sn Asshur is the name for the Assyrians. Asshur was the region in which Nimrod expanded his power (see v. 11, where the name is also mentioned). When names appear in both sections of a genealogical list, it probably means that there were both Hamites and Shemites living in that region in antiquity, especially if the name is a place name.

3 sn The descendants of Arphaxad may have lived northeast of Nineveh.

4 sn Lud may have been the ancestor of the Ludbu, who lived near the Tigris River.

5 sn Aram became the collective name of the northern tribes living in the steppes of Mesopotamia and speaking Aramaic dialects.

6 tc The MT reads “Mash”; the LXX and 1 Chr 1:17 read “Meshech.”

sn Uz, Hul, Gether, and Mash. Little is known about these descendants of Aram.



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