Catholic Dictionary

Term

SHEM

Definition

The oldest son of Noah and brother of Ham and Japheth (Genesis 5:32). "From these three sons the whole earth was people," since they were the only survivors of the Flood (Genesis 9:19). Those descended from Shem--Hebrews, Arabs, Aramaeans (Genesis 10:22-31)--were called Shemites, the equivalent of the modern word Semites.