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Dictionaries :: Ham

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Ham:

warm, hot, and hence the south; also an Egyptian word meaning "black", the youngest son of Noah (Gen 5:32; Gen 9:22,24). The curse pronounced by Noah against Ham, properly against Canaan his fourth son, was accomplished when the Jews subsequently exterminated the Canaanites.

One of the most important facts recorded in Gen. 10 is the foundation of the earliest monarchy in Babylonia by Nimrod the grandson of Ham (6, 8, 10). The primitive Babylonian empire was thus Hamitic, and of a cognate race with the primitive inhabitants of Arabia and of Ethiopia. (See ACCAD.)

The race of Ham were the most energetic of all the descendants of Noah in the early times of the post-diluvian world.

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

Ham:

hot; heat; brown

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Ham:

(hot; sun burnt.)

(1.) The name of one of the three sons of Noah, apparently the second in age. (B.C. 2448) Of the history of Ham nothing is related except his irreverence to his father and the curse which that patriarch pronounced. The sons of Ham are stated, to have been "Cush and Mizraim and Phut and Canaan." (Genesis 10:6 compare 1 Chronicles 1:8). Egypt is recognized as the "land of Ham" in the Bible (Psalm 78:51; 105:23; 106:22). The other settlements of the sons of Ham are discussed under their respective names. The three most illustrious Hamite nations- the Cushites, the Phoenicians and the Egyptians- were greatly mixed with foreign peoples. Their architecture has a solid grandeur that we look for in vain elsewhere.

(2.) According to the present text (Genesis 14:5). Chedorlaomer and his allies smote the Zuzim in a place called Ham, probably in the territory of the Ammonites (Gilead) east of the Jordan.

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