The Tower of Babel
According to the Bible, the families of the sons of Noah
represent all of the racial groups upon the earth. Chapter
10 of Genesis lists a total of 70 individual founders of
nations or racial groups, and divides them into three
primary classifications: Shem, Ham, and Japheth. It is
interesting to note that Ethnologists generally agree that
mankind divides into three basic groups: the central
nations, southern nations, and northern nations.
Shemites included Jews, Assyrians, Syrians, Elamites, in
the north Euphrates Valley and its borders.
Hamites went Southward. The names given seem to be South
and Central Arabia, Egypt (Heb. Mitzraim or Lands of Ham),
East Mediterranean, and East Africa. There was at one point
a great migration to Egypt, but Canaan (son of Ham) settled
in the land later called Israel.
Japhethites went Northward, and settled in the areas around
the Black and Caspian Seas. They became the great Caucasian
races of Europe and Asia.
An interesting event happened in Genesis 11. Proud and
rebellious men desired to build a city and make a name for
themselves under the leadership of Nimrod, so they built a
tower, in the land of Shinar (Babel), that would reach to
heaven. This was the first organized system of idolatry
recorded after the flood. They also disobeyed God`s command
to be fruitful and fill the earth. God condemned their
arrogant ways by coming down and confusing their languages
(probably racial distinctions also) which forced them to
scatter throughout the whole earth. Before this they all
spoke one language.