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JAPHETH

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).

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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