NOAH’S THREE SONS:
HUMAN HISTORY IN THREE DIMENSIONS

Abstract:

This Volume of five Papers is a bird’s eye view of the world after the Flood, of how these three sons and their wives re-peopled the world, establishing (and destroying) civilizations and cultures as they spread over the earth. It is not a haphazard or chance occurrence for, when seen from the divine point of view, God has sovereignly ordered the unfolding of His purposes for the well-being of all peoples so that the complete potential of the human race might find full expression.

The basic thesis is that the tenth chapter of Genesis, the Table of Nations, is a statement about the origins of the present world population, and of how these descendants of the three brothers spread out over the earth. And it is further proposed that a division of responsiblities to care for the needs of man at three fundamental levels — spiritual, physical, and intellectual – were divinely appointed to each of these three branches of Noah’s family. History bears out the uniqueness of each of these racial stocks in a remarkable way. In these Papers is the evidence for the technological genius of Ham, the intellectual character of Japheth, and the spiritual qualities of Shem.

The interaction of these three contributions is the theme of this history. The final Paper is an exploration of the broader implications of the thesis, and of underlying causes (linguistic, cultural, etc.) that have led each branch to continue to make its unique contribution. Human potential reaches its climax when all three brothers jointly make their common contributions. Thus this three-dimensional view of human history gives insights into the manner in which God ordained that the full potential of the human race should unfold and find expression in the individual and in the nation.

Yet it is contended that if there is meaning to the universe, it is to be found in the birth and death of Jesus Christ, the Second Adam, that God might by a process of Redemption show forth His love toward the First Adam and his descendants whose very existences depend upon the creation of such a physical world. Man, then, is the key to the meaning of the universe.

See also the Ph.D. Thesis – Does Science Transcend Culture?