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Shem - Genealogies according to "Book of Jahser"

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Biblical character, the eldest son of Noah, the brother of Ham and Japeth. He is said to have escaped the flood with his father and brothers, and to have lived 600 years. His descendants are listed (in Gen 10), and he is depicted as the legendary father of ‘Semitic’ peoples, meant to include the Hebrews.

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