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Meaning: warm, hot, and hence the south; also an Egyptian word meaning “black

This was the name of the youngest son of Noah (Genesis 5:32; compare 9:22,24).

The races that developed from the children of Ham were the most energetic of all the descendants of Noah in the early times of the post-Flood world.

One of the most important facts recorded in Genesis 10 is the foundation of the earliest monarchy in Babylonia by Nimrod the grandson of Ham (6, 8, 10). The early Babylonian empire was thus Hamitic, and a cognate race with the early inhabitants of Arabia and of Ethiopia. (See ACCAD.)

The following table shows how his his descendants dispersed after the Tower of Babel:

              EthiopansMizraim (Genesis 10:6)
              Lybians, Mauritanians
              Canaanites, Phoenicians
Author: Matthew G. Easton, edited by Paul S. Taylor.