Hebrew: יפת .
|Also Known As:||"Yam", "Yafits", "Yaafath", "Son of Noah", "Japhet", "Ghasphatet", "Japheth /ˈdʒeɪfɛθ / Hebrew: יָפֶת/יֶפֶת Yapheth ", "Modern Hebrew: Yefet ; Greek: Ἰάφεθ Iapheth ; Latin: Iafeth or Iapetus ; Arabic: يافث", "The elder son of Noah ?"|
|Birthplace:||Shulon, East Eden|
|Death:||Died in Am 2158|
Son of Noah . and Naamah .
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Historical records matching Japheth .
About Japheth .
- Genesis 5:32
- Genesis 10:2-5 Lists his descendants. They and are associated with the general region of Europe and Mesopotamia.
- Book of Jasher 7:2-9 and ספר הישר - פרשת נח
Japhet was the eldest son of Noah. He had seven sons, amongst whom he divided Europe and the part of Asia which his father had allotted to him.
There are MANY different sources that give the name and lineage of Japhet's wife. All sources agree that he only had a ONE wife. The question is who this was. As such, this tree tries to accommodate all sources entered. See Wives aboard Noah's Ark.
Bible Verses Referring to Japheth:
After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
On that very day Noah and his sons, Shem, Ham and Japheth, together with his wife and the wives of his three sons, entered the ark.
[ The Sons of Noah ] The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.)
But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
May God extend Japheth’s territory; may Japheth live in the tents of Shem, and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
[ The Table of Nations ] This is the account of Shem, Ham and Japheth, Noah’s sons, who themselves had sons after the flood.
The Japhethites The sons of Japheth: Gomer, Magog, Madai, Javan, Tubal, Meshek and Tiras.
The Semites Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.
1 Chronicles 1:4
The sons of Noah: Shem, Ham and Japheth.
Los descendientes de Jafet poblaron las regiones del norte de Asia occidental y oriental, lo que es hoy Rusia y Siberia. También poblaron las regiones de lo que es actualmente el oriente de Europa extendiéndose hasta los límites con el Mar Negro y el Mar Caspio. Incluyendo porciones de Estonia, Letonia, Lituania, Belarús, Ucrania, Georgia, Kirguistán, Uzbekistán y Turkmenistán. Quizás, ocupando todo el territorio de lo que es actualmente Kazajstán. Éstos pueblos se convirtieron en los progenitores de las razas Caucásicas de Europa y de Asia.
Japhet was the eldest son of Noah. He had fifteen sons, amongst whom he divided Europe and the part of Asia which his father had allotted to him.
Genesis 5:32: 'And Noah was five hundred years old; and Noah begot Shem, Ham, and Japheth.'
Genesis 10:1 & 2 'Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth; and unto them were sons born after the flood. The sons of Japheth: Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras.'
Genesis 10:5 'By these were the isles of the Gentiles divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.'
The sons of Japheth became the Japhethites. They went north and settled around the coastal lands of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea. They became the caucasians of Europe & Asia and the Medes & Greeks.
In the seventh century, Isidore of Seville published his noted history, in which he traces the origins of most of the nations of Europe back to Japheth. Scholars in almost every European nation continued to repeat and develop Saint Isidore's assertion of descent from Noah through Japheth into the nineteenth century.
Ivane Javakhishvili associated Japheth's sons with certain ancient tribes, called Tubals (Tabals, Greek: Tibarenoi) and Meshechs (Meshekhs/Mosokhs, Greek: Moschoi), who they claim represent non-Indo-European and non-Semitic, possibly "Proto-Iberian" tribes of Asia Minor of the 3rd-1st millennia BC.
In the Polish tradition of Sarmatism, the Sarmatians were said to be descended from Japheth, son of Noah, enabling the Polish nobility to imagine themselves able to trace their ancestry directly to Noah.
In Scotland, histories tracing the Scottish people to Japheth were published as late as George Chalmers' well-received Caledonia, published in 3 volumes from 1807 to 1824.
The term "Japhetic" was also applied by William Jones and other early linguists to what became known as the Indo-European language group. In a different sense, it was also used by the Soviet linguist Nikolai Marr in his Japhetic theory.
In Islamic tradition
Japheth is not mentioned by name in the Qur'an but is referred to indirectly in the narrative of Noah (VII: 64, X: 73, XI: 40, XXIII: 27, XXVI: 119). Muslim exegesis, however, names all of Noah's sons, and these include Japheth. In identifying Japheth's descendants, Muslim exegesis more-or-less agrees with the Biblical traditions. He is usually regarded as the ancestor of the Gog and Magog tribes, and, at times, of the Turks, Khazars, and Slavs. Some traditions narrated that 36 languages of the world could be traced back to Japheth.
Proposed correlations with deities
Japheth has been identified by medieval and later scholars with figures from other religious systems and mythologies, including Iapetus (Japetus), the Greek Titan. Scholars Jed Z. Buchwald & Mordechai Feingold write that there was a long tradition of "scripture-based Euhemerism" (interpreting mythical figures as distorted memories of real individuals) which "became part of time-honored Christian apologetics... Most commentators, for example, agreed that Saturn had been modeled on Noah, as both were considered to be the common parents of mankind who divided the world among their three sons—Shem (Pluto), Japheth (Neptune), and Ham (Jupiter).
Arts and literature
Japheth is a major character in the Madeleine L'Engle novel Many Waters (1986, ISBN 0 374 34796 4). He is characterized as thoughtful and intelligent, a kind-hearted young man who is on good terms with feuding family members Noah and Lamech, with the seraphim, and with visiting time travelers Sandy and Dennys Murry. Depicted in the book as Noah's younger son, Japheth is barely into adulthood, but at Noah's instigation is already married. His equally kind wife is an unusually fair-skinned woman with black hair, who may have been sired by one of the nephilim.
Japheth is a major character in Stephen Schwartz's musical Children of Eden. In this adaptation, Japheth has fallen in love with the family servant girl, Yonah, and wants to bring her onto the Ark to survive the flood, but is forbidden because Yonah is descended from Cain. He manages to sneak her onto the Ark, and stands by her when she is discovered by the family. However, Noah goes against God and marries them. Upon the flood ending, Japheth and Yonah decide that the land they want to settle in will be Eden, even if they have to search their whole lives for it. Noah gives Japheth his blessing by giving him the staff of Adam (which Adam carved from the destroyed Tree of Knowledge and was passed down through his generations) to plant in Eden when they find it. Smaller productions of the American version have the actor cast as Cain doubling as Japheth.
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