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Shem, the third son of Noah, had five sons, who inhabited the land that began at Euphrates, and reached to the Indian Ocean. For Elam left behind him the Elamites, the ancestors of the Persians. Ashur lived at the city Nineve; and named his subjects
this their progenitor Heber, our
author Josephus here rightly affirms; and not from Abram the Hebrew, or
passenger over Euphrates, as many of the moderns suppose. Shem is also
called the father of all the children of Heber, or of all the Hebrews,
in a history long before Abram passed over Euphrates, Genesis 10:21, though
it must be confessed that, Genesis 14:13, where the original says they
told Abram the Hebrew, the Septuagint renders it the passenger, (GREEK):
but this is spoken only of Abram himself, who had then lately passed over
Euphrates, and is another signification of the Hebrew word, taken as an
appellative, and not as a proper name.
Heber begat Joetan and Phaleg: he was called Phaleg, because he was born
at the dispersion of t
When the lad was grown up, he married a wife, by birth an Egyptian, from whence the mother was herself derived originally. Of this wife were born to Ismael twelve sons; Nabaioth, Kedar, Abdeel, Mabsam, Idumas, Masmaos, Masaos, Chodad, Theman, Jetur, Naphesus, Cadmas. These inhabited all the country from Euphrates to the Red Sea, and called it Nabatene. They are an Arabian nation, and name their tribes from these, both because of their own virtue, and because of the dignity of Abraham their father. CONCERNING ISAAC THE LEGITIMATE SON OF ABRAHAM.