Catholic Dictionary

Term

JAPHETH

Definition

The third son of Noah, who with Shem and Ham survived the Deluge in the ark. From these three, according to Genesis, "the whole earth was peopled" (Genesis 9:18-19). Japheth was the father of Gomer, Magog, Javan, Tubal, and Meshech. Their descendants were largely Indo-European peoples who lived in the Black Sea region (Genesis 10:2-6).