Genesis 10:28

ESV Obal, Abimael, Sheba,
NIV Obal, Abimael, Sheba,
NASB Obal, Abimael, Sheba,
CSB Obal, Abimael, Sheba,
NLT Obal, Abimael, Sheba,
KJV And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,
NKJV Obal, Abimael, Sheba,

What does Genesis 10:28 mean?

This verse continues listing the sons of Joktan, the great-great-grandson of Shem. In total, 13 sons are listed. The names of several of these sons became well known areas in the larger region of the Middle East. As such, Joktan would be considered the father of the Arabic people.

This particular part of Genesis is only concerned with explaining the family relationships involved. Exactly how and when these descendants arrived in their territories is not explained here. Later, chapter 11 will explain the incident of the Tower of Babel, where these various people and tribes are dispersed across the earth.
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