Genesis 10: Go forth and multiply


Synopsis:

This is a listing of the families and their families and how they spread out and became separate peoples across the area. It chronicles the creation of several kingdoms like the Canaanites, the Jebusites, the Amorites, the Philistims, the Girgasites and so forth. Of interest is Nimrod, who is the son of Cush, who was the son of Ham who was a mighty hunter. He founded the kingdom of Babel.

In other words:

The children of Noah spread out and became several nations upon the earth. One of these was Babel led by Nimrod.

Favorite bit:

There are a lot of famous cities founded by the children of Noah’s children. Nineveh, Canaan, Gaza, Sodom and Gomorrah as well as a bunch of places no one has ever heard of. 

Most confusing bits:

The world a) seems to be limited to a very small section of what we now know of as the middle east. b) we are told in Genesis 10: 31 that these are the nations that all had their own tongues. And the reason this is confusing is because in the next chapter, we are told they all spoke the same language. c) who were the gentiles? I thought everyone had been destroyed. Is one group of the family of Noah gentile? That doesn’t seem fair.

Moral Lesson:

Everyone is related, we are all one human family (Genesis 10)