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Shem

[shem] /ʃɛm/
noun
1.
the eldest of the three sons of Noah. Gen. 10:21.
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Shem

/ʃɛm/
noun
1.
(Old Testament) the eldest of Noah's three sons (Genesis 10:21) Douay spelling Sem (sɛm)
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Shem in the Bible

a name; renown, the first mentioned of the sons of Noah (Gen. 5:32; 6:10). He was probably the eldest of Noah's sons. The words "brother of Japheth the elder" in Gen. 10:21 are more correctly rendered "the elder brother of Japheth," as in the Revised Version. Shem's name is generally mentioned first in the list of Noah's sons. He and his wife were saved in the ark (7:13). Noah foretold his preeminence over Canaan (9:23-27). He died at the age of six hundred years, having been for many years contemporary with Abraham, according to the usual chronology. The Israelitish nation sprang from him (Gen. 11:10-26; 1 Chr. 1:24-27).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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