Posted 26 December 2012 - 02:41 PM
To conclude the history of the nations that came from the sons of Noah
--- To recap and finalize the history from Post 284:
--- It is interesting to note that Noah and his family came off the Ark in Genesis 8, about 2350 BC. --- And the Genealogies of Ham, Shem, and Japheth are given in Genesis 10:
In 10:5 they are called Gentiles, and while names may be boring to read, many of them were familiar in Bible times.
Eber was a descendant of Shem, and most believe that the name ‘Hebrew’ came from Eber. --- Eber begat Peleg, Peleg begat Reu, Reu begat Serug, Serug begat Nehor, Nehor begat Terah, Terah begat Abram, (Abraham)
Abraham begat Ishmael and Isaac, --- about 1900 BC
Ishmael and his mother Hagar went out from Abraham --- and Ishmael later took an Egyptian wife, and they had 12 sons as God had promised.
If we allow about 50 years for these sons to mature and spread out on their own, this would be about 1850 BC, --- and Noah came off the Ark about 2350 BC, --- so there was about 500 years of population before the descendants of Ishmael.
It is interesting that the Gentile peoples from the sons of Noah settled in the North, both above and below the Black sea, some of the names are familiar in Russia, --- and they no doubt went West towards Europe. And South from Syria down to Shinar, Babylon, and into Iraq and Iran --- Canaan and his descendants went down into Canaan (Palestine) but they were idolatrous tribes and eventually God destroyed them for their wickedness, even down to Sodom and Gomorrah.
So Ishmael was led to settle in Saudi Arabia, and they established caravan routes from the North and East to Egypt. They became traders and merchants.
It seemed that God preserved this land for Ishmael as his inheritance, though at first it was considered desert, so it was perhaps bypassed. --- But the sons of Ishmael built towns and settlements, and the descendants of the 12 sons have been prosperous with their resources, especially with the oil reserves of today.
--- (So God did keep his promise, to make Ishmael a great Nation,) Genesis 17:20.
Now to check the other descendants of Abraham.
Isaac was given the land of Israel. --- It says this in Genesis 25:
Abraham again took a wife, and her name was Keturah.
2 And she bore him Zimran, Jokshan, Medan, Midian, Ishbak, and Shuah.
3 Jokshan begot Sheba and Dedan. And the sons of Dedan were Asshurim, Letushim, and Leummim.
4 And the sons of Midian were Ephah, Epher, Hanoch, Abidah, and Eldaah. All these were the children of Keturah.
5 And Abraham gave all that he had to Isaac.
6 But Abraham gave gifts to the sons of the concubines which Abraham had; and while he was still living he sent them eastward, away from Isaac his son, to the country of the east.
--- (The country to the East of Israel was Jordan. --- So we have the descendants of Ishmael in Saudi Arabia, --- the descendants of Isaac in Israel, and the sons of Abraham through Keturah in Jordan.)
--- There was one last descendant who was Abraham’s grandson Esau, the brother of Jacob, --- and he settled in Canaan (Israel), close to Jacob, --- and this is recorded in Genesis 36:
1 Now this is the genealogy of Esau, who is Edom.
2 Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan:
--- (And some years elapsed as Esau’s family multiplied, as well as his possessions, so he made a decision to move from Canaan.)
6 Then Esau took his wives, his sons, his daughters, and all the persons of his household, his cattle and all his animals, and all his goods which he had gained in the land of Canaan, and went to a country away from the presence of his brother Jacob.
7 For their possessions were too great for them to dwell together, and the land where they were strangers could not support them because of their livestock.
8 So Esau dwelt in Mount Seir. Esau is Edom.
Mount Seir and the land of Edom is South in Jordan.
--- So the direct descendants of Abraham were originally in these countries, --- Ishmael in Saudi Arabia, --- Isaac and Jacob, in the land of Israel, --- Abraham’s sons, by his wife Keturah, in Jordan, --- Abraham’s grandson Esau, South in Jordan.
All of the other countries around were Gentile descendants of the sons of Noah.
--- It has always been of interest to me that Saudi Arabia and Jordan are the Muslim countries who are the least antagonistic to Israel.
Do you suppose that they recognize that only Saudi Arabia, Israel and Jordan were the lands of inheritance for the true ‘Children of Abraham?’