-Now these are the records of the generations that proceeded from Noah after the flood from his sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
-Interesting people of biblical and historical note from Japheth: Gomer (Ezekiel 38:6), Magog (Ezekiel 38:2-5; 39:6, Revelation 20:8-9), Tubal (Ezekiel 38:2-5; 39:1). These descendants settled for the most part in Europe and Asia Minor giving rise to the Greek, the Thracian, and Scythian cultures.
-Interesting people of biblical and historical note from Ham: Cush, the father of Nimrod the mighty hunter who began the kingdoms of Babylon and Assyria, built Nineveh and Resen, which was a great city. Mizraim, the father of Casluhim, from which came the Philistines (Goliath and inhabitants of the Holy Land promised to Abraham, sworn enemies of Israel). Canaan, the father of the Canaanites (Genesis 24:3, Exodus 23:23-28, Judges 1:1-4) who were the cursed ones by Noah (Genesis 9:25) and proliferated the promised land as idol worshippers and pagans; God commanded them to be destroyed (Deuteronomy 20:17), but they were not (disobedience) and their descendants are still prevalent in the land of Israel as antagonists to the chosen people of the LORD. Canaan became the father of Sidon who fathered Heth and the Jebusite (rulers of Jerusalem until the time of David, Joshua 15:8), the Amorite, the Girgashite, the Hivite, (Exodus 3:8). These Canaanite families were spread abroad. They have a history of defying the LORD and wrecking evil on His people. Their territory extended from Sidon to Gaza and as you go toward Sodom and Gomorrah, as far as Lasha. These descendants then settled in Canaan, Egypt, and the rest of Africa.
-Interesting people of biblical and historical note from Shem: Arpachshad, Shelah, Eber, Peleg (in whose time the earth was divided, continental drift perhaps?). This is the line that goes eventually to Abram (Genesis 11). These descendants were eventually called Semites (from which we get anti-sematic). Not only is Abraham from this important line, but David, and Jesus. This is also the line that produces the Chaldean, Persian, and Syrian cultures of that region of the world. All are very important to biblical and historical development.
Verse to Memorize: Genesis 10:1