Table of Nations: Japheth’s Descendants

Genesis 10

The descendants of Noah’s son Japheth are listed in what is commonly called the Table of Nations, the Israelites’ oldest catalog of the peoples of the ancient Near East. While it is difficult to identify with certainty where many of these peoples lived, generally they are believed to have been located as shown here. Japheth’s sons Gomer and Javan gave rise to other people groups cited in the list, so they have been shown as broad regions on the map rather than as specific people groups. Japheth’s sons Magog, Madai, Tubal, Meshek, and Tiras are displayed this way as well, though no specific peoples are listed as descending from them.

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