I got the bright idea to try to identify the modern descendants of the ancient peoples spoken of in the Bible, Old Testament, and Apocrypha. I have
some time so I will try to do this, while also learning something as well at the same time. I will referrence the sources at the bottom of the
I will start with Adam's sons, then Noah's sons, then Noah's grandsons, then Abraham's sons, and then go into some other local peoples of the
All Modern Human beings currently living are said to be descendants of Cain, this is because Abel was slain, and Seth is extremely untouched on in the
scriptures, his descendants can only be guessed and speculated on with no real information to go with. So I will exclude Seth. In the Ethiopic Book of
, it states that Enoch from whom Noah descended from was a Cainite. Most
people were Cainites at the time. When Noah and his sons survived the deluge, they became, according to the Bible, the progenitors of the human race.
So thus, all currently living people are descended from Cain, according to the Bible.
Noah had three sons, the eldest Japheth, the middle son Shem, and the youngest son Ham. After they landed near the Mts. of Arafat, it is said that
after a time, as the families grew (there was sex within family that would now be considered a no-no), Japheth was said to have gone north into
"Eurasia" with his people through the Caucasus Mts, while Shem's people stayed in the Levant/Middle East, and Ham's people moved into Egypt,
Libya, Somalia, Sudan.
So then, Japheth's sons it is written were named: Gomer, Magog, Tiras, Javan, Meshech, Tubal, and Madai
. Below we have an exerpt from the same Wikipedia article of Josephus describing where these
According to Josephus (Antiquities of the Jews I.6):
"Japhet, the son of Noah, had seven sons: they inhabited so, that, beginning at the mountains Taurus and Amanus, they proceeded along Asia, as far as
the river Tanais (Don), and along Europe to Cadiz; and settling themselves on the lands which they light upon, which none had inhabited before, they
called the nations by their own names."
Josephus subsequently detailed the nations supposed to have descended from the seven sons of Japheth. Among the nations various later writers have
attempted to assign to them are as follows:
Gomer: Armenians, Cimmerians, Scythians, Welsh, Picts, Irish, Germans.
Magog: Scythians, Slavs, Mongols, Hungarians, and Irish
Madai: Mitanni, Mannai, Medes-Kurds, Persians, Indo-Aryans, According to the Book of Jubilees (10:35-36), Madai had married a daughter of Shem, and
preferred to live among Shem's descendants, rather than dwell in Japheth's allotted inheritance beyond the Black Sea; so he begged his
brothers-in-law, Elam, Asshur and Arphaxad, until he finally received from them the land that was named after him, Media.
Javan: Greeks (Ionians)
Tubal: Tabali, Georgians, Italics, Illyrians, Iberians, Basques
Tiras: Thracians, Goths, Jutes, Teutons
Meshech: Phrygians, Caucasus Iberians
I highlighted the part about Media because Media is modern day Iran, and this shows that the Indo-Iranian peoples were indeed racially connected to
the further northern, Russian area Eurasian people known as Sarmatians and Scythians in the B.C. during Greek times. But as you can see, most of the
nations of Europe are listed there.
Now, Shem fathered a number of sons as well. According to the Book of Jasher 
, the sons of Shem were:
Elam "eternity" (sons were Shushan, Machul and Harmon) - (Elamites), Iran
Asshur "a step" or "strong" (sons were Mirus and Mokil) - (Assyrians, Northern Mesopotamia);
Arphaxad "I shall fail" (sons were Shelach, Anar and Ashcol) - (Chaldeans, Southern Mesopotamia, Hebrews, Israelites, Arabians, Bedouins,
Moabites, Jordanians, Palestinians, Sabaeans, and related groups);
Lud "strife" (sons were Pethor and Bizayon) - (Ludim, Lubim, Ludians, Ludu, Lydians, Chubs, Berbers, and other related groups in Asia Minor and
Aram "exalted" (sons were Uz, Chul, Gather and Mash) - (Aramaeans, other related groups), and remnant groups throughout Asia, the Middle East,
and North Africa.
As we can see, the Middle Eastern peoples, including the ancient Israelites, the locals in the Levant, and the people of Babylon were Shem's
descendants. So Most modern day Arab nations are Shem descendants, and Israel claims Shem descent as well. Ths is where the word "Semitic" comes
Onto Ham's people and sons, who moved into North Africa/Egypt 
. Ham fathered various sons who also
represent some of the Arab countries, but also many of the Berber/Arab mixed African Islamic countries. Here are his sons, and the modern day nation
equivalents are all there for you:
Main article: Hamitic
Cush, son of Ham. The Empire of Kush to the south of Egypt is known from at least 1970 BC, but this name has also been associated by some with the
Kassites who inhabited the Zagros area of Mesopotamia, the Sumerian city of Kish, as well as the Hindu Kush.
Mizraim, son of Ham. Mizraim is a name for Upper and Lower Egypt and literally translates as Ta-Wy in Ancient Egyptian ("The Two Lands"). The aim in
Mizraim represent duality. Egyptians of today refer to their country as Miṣr.
Phut, son of Ham. Ancient authorities are fairly universal in identifying Phut with the Libyans (Lebu and Pitu), the earliest neighbors of Egypt to
the west. (Although more recent theories have tried to connect Phut with Phoenicia, or the currently unidentified Land of Punt.)
Canaan, son of Ham. This is known to be the name of a nation and people who settled the Eastern shore of the Mediterranean in what is now called
Israel and Lebanon.
Now, onto Abraham, a descendant of Shem. His sons were Isaac and Ishmael, one by his wife Isaac, and one by his Egyptian maid Hagar. According to
Scripture, Sarah gets mad and jealous of Hagar and sends her off with Ishmael to the East. She is about to give up and puts little Ishmael down under
a bush to die, then a spring sprung up and God spoke to Hagar. The well is called the zam-zam well, it is in Arabia to this day.
Isaac goes on to Father the Israeli/Jewish peoples. And the 12 Tribes of Israel, which Im not going to list.
Ishmael goes on to Father the Arab peoples. All Arabs consider themselves descendants of Ishmael.
All the tribes of Israel except for Judah, Levite, and Benjamin were taken into Assyrian captivity, then dispersed among the peoples never to be seen
again. The three exempted tribes, who had done good in the eyes of the Lord, were captured by Nebuchadnezzar and taken to Babylon. Eventually they
were released and went back to Jerusalem.
This means that there are some locals in Israel of these tribes, probably very few, but they must still be there. I know most are Askenazi East Europe
heritage. But those lands were where most of the remnants of the Northern Tribes of Israel which were swept into exile eventually found themselves
after centuries etc. So this is how the religion came to that part of Europe at that time, and the East Europeans and the Jewish people interbred and
intermingled their cultures into what you currently have as the Ashkenazi. So the modern day of Israel is predominantly represented by the remnant of
the Northern Kingdom that fell into idolatry. Hmm.
I'm still puzzled as to who the modern day Edomites are, nation or people wise. I'm thinking Edomites are in Syria? Ammonites are in Jordan (wonder
where the capital name Amman came from?). The Palestinians, modern day remnant of a mix between the Caananites and the Philistines?
As far as the sons of Japheth, they fathered the East European tribes that eventually migrated west ward, as well as the tribes that settled in the
Caucasus Mts, and in Turkey, the Greeks, but also some Eastward such as.. the Sarmatians possibly the Uzbekis, Tajiks, etc. Strangely, all the lands
called "Magog" are the lands in which Japheths sons settled as I just described. Strangely, according to the latest genetic findings, many
scientists are saying it looks like Europeans and the Modern day East/South/Central Asian peoples both came from a single lineage 30,000-50,000 years
ago somewhere near the Hindu Kush Mts, Tibet, Khazakstan .. that Central / Western Asian area. This could answer the question of why East Asians arent
represented by the three sons of Noah, and by extension, the Native and South American peoples, whom themselves are descendants of East Asians from
long ago. Therefore, the sons of Japheth could encompass everyone from the West Coast of Europe to the Eastern Coast of Asia, on into North America,
and down into South America as well, all Japhethites (before the modern era and even before the colonial era). And theres even more, this would
mean that Southeast Asians would be a mixture of
Japhetic and Shemitic OR
Hamitic .. depending exactly where we are talking.
[edit on 1/2/2008 by runetang]