Japheth, from the Hebrew word meaning enlargement, is one of Noah’s sons along with Shem and Ham. He is usually referred to as Yafeth bin Nuh or Japeth son of Noah in Arabic records.
He was born when Noah was more than 500 years old. And is often listed as the last among Noah’s three sons ( ie Shem, Ham, and Japheth) which made people think he was the youngest son. But there are also instances where he is treated as the eldest son. He is listed on the Amazing Bible Timeline with World History at 2450 BC.
Japheth was identified as a philosopher filled with knowledge and responsible for spreading vast intellect to humanity. He and his brother Shem showed enormous respect to their father when they covered Noah’s nakedness the time he was very drunk inside his tent. Because of this, Japeth was blessed by expanding his territory and given the privilege to live in the “tents of Shem” with Canaan under his command.
He was one of the eight people saved by Noah’s ark during the great flood along with his wife who was not named by the Bible. They were able to propagate seven sons after the flood, namely; Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshech, and Tiras.
Where did Japheth and his descendants live?
Japheth is usually thought of as the “Father of the Europeans” and the “Father of the Japhetic Race” equating the Japhetic nations to Europeans. He is known to be the ancestor of all Indo-European nations. The majority of his descendants are situated in north western regions like Anatolia and Aegean. However, there are also assumptions that Japheth is the “Father of the Asian or Mongoloid People.”
After what happened to the Tower of Babel, the Japhetic race went to the east of Europe and north of Asia to propagate. The Bible phrase that states they migrated to the “isles of the Gentiles” is generally thought to be the Greek isles but some consider that it refers to the islands in Asia and the Pacific Islands. His sons and their people started to multiply in the mountains of Taurus and Amanus. Then they dwelt to the lands of presently known as the Mediterranean Russia, Asia, and the Americas. A fraction of them stayed in Europe until the conquest of the Shemite tribes that drove them to the northern areas. Soon after they were forced further to the east of Asia when the Shemite tribes invaded and occupied the entire South of Europe.
Early Greeks have their deity, Iapetos or Iapetus, the son of heaven and earth and the father of many nations, whereas, India worshipped Pra-Japati, the sun and perceived Lord of Creation. And later on the Greeks have Iupater then Jupiter while the Saxons have their Sceaf. All of these are different versions of the Japheth’s name. The ancient Irish Celts and Britons also outlined their royal houses from Japheth.
What does the Bible state about Japheth?
Genesis 5:32. The 500-year old Noah became a father to Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
Genesis 6:10, 1 Chronicles 1:4. Japheth as one of Noah’s three sons.
Genesis 7:13. Japheth and his wife were among the eight people who entered Noah’s ark.
Genesis 9:18-19. The sons of Noah; Shem, Ham, and Japheth came out from the ark and became the ancestors of all the people on earth.
Genesis 9:23-27. Shem and Japheth, avoiding looking at the naked Noah, covered the nakedness of their father. And for doing such, Japheth was blessed by extending his territory, sharing the “tents of Shem”, and having Canaan as his slave.
Genesis 10:1-2. Japheth had seven sons after the flood.
1 Chronicles 1:5. The seven sons of Japheth.
Genesis 10:21. Japheth as the younger brother of Shem.
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