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The meanings of the names are probably as follows: "Shem" meaning "name;" "Ham" meaning "warm;" "Japheth" meaning "enlarged." The common notion that their names corresponded to three different skin colorations ("dark," "black," and "fair") has no substance. Note, however, the significant fact that all the personal names listed for men and women who lived before the confusion of languages at Babel seem to have a distinctive meaning in the Hebrew language. This implies that the original language of mankind was Hebrew.

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KJV Defenders Study Bible, by Dr. Henry Morris, Ph.D.
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Language: English
DEF 10 ISBN 0-529-10444-x
DEF 10-1 ISBN 0-529-10445-8


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