SeattleGhostWriter Posted March 10, 2010 Share Posted March 10, 2010 I have started to simply read through the scriptures by going to readthescriptures.org. My attempt is to read all the standard works within 365 days. I have already completed day three readings. The problem is that sometimes I dwell too much on some passages of scripture that strike me as peculiar, impressions of thoughts and applications, and how particularly interesting a passage would strike my fancy. This morning's reading had a very deep "Ah-Ha!" moment, and in fact had to re-read a significant portion of the passages. In Genesis 10, we read the descendants of Noah. This comes after the Flood story of Genesis 8. It is a laundry list of children born to Shem, Ham, and Jepeth. What is interesting is that in Genesis 10, there are three significant passages that make a very interesting statement. The first Genealogical listing is of Japheth. In verse five, we read the following:5 By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.Notice this says "every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations". We then read the Genealogical list for Ham, which includes Canaan, and then read the same thing at the end of Ham's family tree:20 These are the sons of Ham, after their families, after their tongues, in their countries, and in their nations. And the final one is that of Shem, the oldest, and we read:31 These are the sons of Shem, after their families, after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations. Even more interesting is the last chapter of Genesis 10:32 These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations: and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood. Again, point of interest is that we have the text relate that the nations were separated by the three sons, in their respective tongues, and were divided upon the isles, the stretch of land of Canaan, and the nations were divided after the flood. So, why is this important? Why worry about the division of nations after the sons of Shem, Ham, and Japheth? The peculiarity of this is on the context of Genesis 11. Genesis 11:1 states that the nations were of one language. If Genesis 10 distinguishes that the families of each son were separated according to their own tongues, how could there be one language and one speech amidst a diverse and separate nations? Also, how could they be of one nation when Genesis 10 states that they were divided respectively? Even more peculiar, we read how the Lord comes down and sees what the children of men are doing and how they are of one language and how they come together and build a tower. We then read how the Lord confounds the languages of men and scattered them in their respective nations. And, we then come across a different Genealogical record of Shem only. This genealogical record ends with Abram and Lot. For me, this is proof that the Bible is not an infallible record, but a compilation by someone, or a group of individuals, who attempted to give a more summarized account than what was originally recorded. The main question here being, were the nations already divided prior to the account of the tower of Babel and the confounding of languages, or was the account of Babel and the confounding of languages the cause of the many different languages and separate nations? Personally, I think what happened is that the account of the tower of Babel was more of an after thought insertion into the text and that it actually occurred prior to the separation of the nations that came from Shem, Ham, and Japheth. I could be wrong, and the two separate texts are separate and distinct, and were drawn from two different sources. What are your thoughts on this? Link to comment
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