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I find the pronunciations difficult therefore it's very helpful for me to see in brackets tips on same. I do believe not only the meaning of the name is beautiful and meaningful but pronouncing it the right way is also vital. So I'm told by relatives of other cultures to my own.
Gen 10:21 states Shem is the elder of Japheth.
― Anonymous User
Japheth was the eldest son of Noah@Atara Derek.
Son of Ham
There are those who identify Noah's son Japheth with the Titan Iapetos of Greek mythology! (I'm not sure what to think.)
Yepheth is from the Hebrew word Yephey meaning beautiful. In the Torah, Noah had three sons, Shem (Hebrew for name), Ham (meaning hot or brown), and Yefet (beautiful). These words still have this meaning in Hebrew.
Shem is from Asia, Ham is Africa, and Yefet(h) is most of Europe. Yefet also had red hair. King David is from this line and had red hair.
Where does it say in the Bible that David and Japheth had red hair? Also, the Bible makes it very clear that David was a Semite, from the house of Jesse of the tribe of Judah. All of Israel is Semitic. That's why hatred of the Jews is called anti-semitism. Not that I'm being anti-japhetic (I am a Japhethite); just the purist part of me flaring up again. Hey, I'm a writer; we tend to be sticklers for accuracy.
Also, Japheth was the middle son. It says in Genesis that Shem was Noah's oldest son, while Ham was the youngest. That would place Japheth right in the middle.
Contrary to popular belief, Japheth was not the youngest son of Noah. He was either the oldest or the middle because in Genesis 10:21 it says that he was older than Shem (it doesn't mention Ham).
My husband's name is Japheth (pronoounced JAY-FETH). He hated it growing up. Even now people have a hard time repeating it when they first meet him. But, I think it is very sexy! I call him Japh for short.
― Anonymous User
I love the sound of this name. When I first read it in my Bible I highlighted it as something to remember.
I played the character by this name in "Children of Eden". Theologically, 1/3 of humanity descends from the Biblical Japheth.
Japheth is the ancestor of about 1 billion people. Ham is the ancsetor of another billion, and Shem gets the other 2/3 of the world population predominately to himself. BTW, these names are where we get the terms Semitic, Japhetic, and Hamitic. I'm Japhetic. King David was Semitic (he was a descendant of Judah, a descendent of Abraham, a descendent of Shem). Simon who carried Jesus' cross was likely Hamitic (a Lybian, and thus a descendent of Put, son of Ham). The historical Hannibal was also Hamitic. Anyone of European descent is Japhetic (most of America). Japheth's sons include Gomer (Ukraine), Magog (Germany, Italy, and Eastern Europe), Meshech (Moscow), Tubal (Tobolsk), and Javan (Greece/Syria).
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