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Did Noah Have Triplets

by R. Jerome Harris on December 3, 2010

At Genesis 5:32, we find the following words:

After Noah was 500 years old, he became the father of Shem, Ham and Japheth.

These words would seem to indicate that Noah had indeed have triplets. But is that how we should view this Scripture? Additionally, is it in harmony with other Scriptures?

It appears that what Genesis 5:32 is saying is that at the age of 500, Noah had a start of fathering children; that at this age, he became a Father. Do the Scriptures support this view? They certainly do.

Japheth The Oldest Son

What we find in Scripture is that Japheth was the oldest of the three Sons of Noah. Genesis 10:21 says:

Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber.

So this Scripture establishes that Japheth was older than Shem.

Ham The Youngest Son

The reader must first read all of Genesis 9:18-24.

Then note what the Scriptures at Genesis 9:24 say:

When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him.

We know this to be Ham.

So from these two Scriptures and through the process of deduction, we know that Shem was the middle Son, the second born of the three.

What About Biology?

Some could argue that the Scriptures shown above do not prove that Noah did not have triplets. Why? Because by these Scriptures stating that Japheth was the oldest and Ham was the youngest could mean that Japheth was simply the first to come out of his mothers womb on that day. Those who reason this way would have a valid point if it were not for Genesis 7:6 and Genesis 11:10.

We have already seen from Genesis 5:32 that Noah was 500 years old when he became a Father. Genesis 7:6 shows that Noah was 600 years old at the start of the flood.

Noah was six hundred years old when the floodwaters came on the earth.

So within that 100 year period, Noah's three Sons were present to help him construct the Ark. Obviously the Ark was not built in 100 years as some claim. What needs to be taken into account within that 100 year time span are two things: (1) Noah's Sons would have needed time to grow strong in order to help him, and (2), we do not know when God have Noah the command to build the Ark. So for anyone to reason that it took Noah 100 years to build the Ark would be in error.

It was much less.

Genesis 11:10 says that Shem was 100 years old two years after the flood.

Two years after the flood, when Shem was 100 years old, he became the father of Arphaxad.

This Scripture says that Shem was 100 years old two years after the flood. In other words, Shem could have not been born when Noah was 500 years old because Noah was 600 years old when the flood started. If Noah was 600 years old when the flood started and began to have children when he was 500 years old and Shem was 100 years old two years after the flood, then Shem had to be 100 years old when Noah was 502 years old.

So this tells us that Shem could not have been born when Noah was 500 years old. It tells us that Shem was born when Noah was 502 years old. Therefore,  Shem could not have been a triplet.

So we can deduct from the Scriptures above is that  at least one of Noah's Son's – Shem – was not born when Noah was 500 years old. What about the remaining Sons, Ham and Japheth? Could these two have been born when Noah was 500 years old? The Scriptures seem to indicate that was not the case.

As shown above at Genesis 10:21, Japheth was Shems older Brother.

Since Japheth was the older Brother of Shem and Ham Noah's youngest Son, shows that Shem was born two years after Japheth. We don't know when Ham was born.

But we do know the pecking order: Japheth, Shem, and then Ham.

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John Smith December 15, 2010 at 3:05 am

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Angolmois April 27, 2011 at 11:44 pm

Interesting.

I see a potential problem with this ex-cogitation.

The Hebrew word rendered as “elder” (gadol) also means great.

Japheth was given a prophetic name which means expansion, and is derived from Pathah, to enlarge, roomy etc. The verse upon which hinges your so called pecking order may actually read:

“and to Shem was also brought forth, he is the father of all of the sons of Ever, the brother of Yaphet the magnificent” – AHRC-RMT

In this case, although relegation from elder to great does nothing to determine who was born first, it does emphasize the importance of proper translation.

Badly translated or interpreted texts could render first as last, and servant of all.

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dmoffitt March 21, 2013 at 3:25 pm

To tag along with this. in Gen 9:24 it says the Ham was the “younger” son, making him the middle child not the youngest

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R. Jerome Harris March 21, 2013 at 4:34 pm

Great supporting passage. Thanks.

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Angolmois April 27, 2011 at 11:58 pm

In case you’re wondering, the point I’m making is based upon the misleading race theory of the 19th Century naturalist Georges Cuvier, who introduced the inane notion that Noah’s three sons were of different races, or fathered three different races.

Triplets would put this notion out of the question.

Equally so does the omission of any indication that Noah had sons with different wives.

Ham’s race was therefore identical to the race of his two brothers.

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R. Jerome Harris August 31, 2012 at 10:14 pm

I am assuming you understand that I maintain that Noah did not have triplets.

From a non-Scriptural standpoint, you could be correct in what you say about Ham’s race being identical to his two brothers.

From a Scriptural standpoint, you are not correct. Scripture at Genesis Chapter 10 shows the “history” or “lineage” of each of Noah’s sons.

When one gets to Ham’s history at Genesis 10:6-20, we see that from Ham came Cush, Mizraim and Put and Canaan. Cush produced Seba and Havilah and Sabtah, Raamah, Sabteca and Nimrod. So Ham was the progenitor of the African peoples.

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nevia August 31, 2012 at 8:59 pm

My first time here. Got the information that I needed
I do have one question for Mr. Harris, I am so confused as to your post
You say the the word of God is not in a book the bible. Yet you placed scriptures in that same post. If prayer is the only source to receive knowledge would it be fair to say that the prophetic words of witnesses inside the bible provides wisdom chosen by God, for the purpose of basic instructions on how wisdom is gained and practiced?

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R. Jerome Harris August 31, 2012 at 9:59 pm

Sir, I did NOT SAY that the Word of God is NOT IN A BOOK THE BIBLE. I said that the book called by men, The Bible, is NOT the Word of God. No where do we read in Scripture that “The Bible” is The Word of God. We are told, however, at Revelation 19:13 that the person Jesus [the] Christ is The Word of God. No book can share that lofty title.

A man, King James, authorized or approved a Bible as the Word of God and even calls it holy. Yet, the Most High God approved and authorized His Son. (Luke 9:35)

You assume that The Bible is the Word of God. No book can contain the all of the knowledge of God. God did not send a book into the world called the Bible, He sent His Son and he alone is The Word of God and NOT a book.

Did the disciples of Christ use a book called the Bible? Of course not! They were taught by word of mouth by their Master and Lord Jesus.

Why is it that AFTER the ascension of the Christ and the death of the last Apostle, do we see a book man gave the name “Bible” to creep into the scene.

I am not saying that one should not read or study the Bible. What I am saying is that it cannot be placed in the SAME lofty position as the person who is The Word of God – Jesus [the] Christ.

Satan is quoted in the Bible. (Matthew Chapter 4) So is Satan’s words the Word of God? Of course not.

Both a book called the Bible and Jesus [the] Christ cannot be the Word of God.

It shows unfaithfulness to God and Christ to rely on something visible to believe that God and Christ is. Both God and Christ are invisible and it takes an act of faith to believe in the unseen. (Hebrews 11:1)

We are to make supplication to God through his Son. And, it is only through his Son – not a book – that we receive. Great treasures of wisdom, understanding and knowledge can be had by asking God in pray through his Son. We receive through his Son. (1 Cor 8:6)

It would be refreshing to hear people be as fervent about Christ as The ONLY Word of God as they are defending a book called by men as The Word of God.

It is blasphemous, disrespectful of Christs position, and Anti-christian to make a book holy, authorized and ALSO The Word of God.

There is only one Word of God, and it is NOT a book.

God directed us at Luke 9:35 to listen to this one as he is the only one God has authorized and approved as His spokesman to an entire world of mankind.

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Allan February 17, 2013 at 1:16 pm

Thank you for explaining the difference between the Word of God (Yeshua) and a book written by men, altered by men and authourized by men. On the sons of Noah issue, how do you explian how humans eneded up with so many skin colours?

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R. Jerome Harris February 18, 2013 at 2:22 am

Thank you. Yes, there is a vast difference between what the European has done in standing up a book called “The Bible” and the teachings of the actual Word of God (Yeshua). I find the two 180 degrees in contention with each other.

The problem is that many people do not want to see this. They have been so heavily indoctrinated by the belief and imposition of what is called by – the European – “The Bible” as The Word of God, they have failed to see the person The Most High God sent and identified as His Word.

This lie and stain upon the world is so deeply ingrained that to speak of it in the manner in which I do, brings responses from so many claiming to follow Christ that there is something wrong with me. Yet, they know deep down inside I speak the truth. There eyes and minds become glazed over and their “preference” is to maintain and uphold the religious systems that taught them the lie. This is where their loyalties lie.

They have been indoctrinated to believe that the teachings of Yeshua (The Messiah and Word of God) and “The Bible” are the same; as they ALSO view “The Bible” as The Word of God.

Yet, there can only be one Word of God. There cannot be a book bearing this title AND a person (Yeshua) bearing the title.

The confusion comes in because they keep referring to what they believe is the Word of God (The Bible) and ALSO quoting Yeshua. The Bible in many places says something totally opposite of what Yeshua teaches. We see Yeshua’s teachings as opposed to what was taught long ago as being different at Matthew 5:21-48.

Today, it has been those of European descent who have taken the lead in placing a book in front of the entire world and insisting that “it” is the Word of God. They have skillfully used the religious system they stood up called “Christianity” to ensure this lie is perpetuated and that non-European-descent persons are indoctrinated with this lie, kept under control by it, and kept Kindergarten-level.

Yeshua’s desire is that we be gathered to him – the person – and not to religious systems and organizations. But the so-called believing world does not want this. Their preference and loyalty is to religious systems and organizations and a book. Persons like me, they seek to silence or defame.

Yeshua says at Matthew 23:37:

“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the killer of the prophets and stoner of those sent forth to her, how often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks together under her wings! But YOU people did not want it.”

In answer to your question: ,From a merely anthropological standpoint an explanation would take volumes. Yet, even it would not be the truth because anthropology is a European-based science. We live in a European-conceived universe and most of what is learned in the educational and “university” systems is European-based. It would not benefit them to tell the truth; and they haven’t.

As an Electronics teacher, I know physics based on the European-model. But I also know that there is a “new science” that has been kept from the world by those of European descent. I have seen it at work first hand when I was in the military. The European-based model of education has kept the entire world ignorant; kept the world Kindergarten-level and afraid to think outside and beyond that model. This is especially so with regard to the teachings of Yeshua. The European-based model of those teachings are lies. The truth of Yeshua’s teachings will never be realized from within the current world European model and system of religion and education. In fact, it is impossible.

I really do not attempt to explain the different colors among the human family. I do reject, however, the European ideal that they are somehow superior and that the Creator favors them. This is a lie spun within their own creation: The European-based educational and religious system.

To me, that is enough. It is enough to know that they have done a terrible thing in “converting” the world (and having done so violently) to a religious system God did not send or authorize. They have used it to mislead the entire world. Those of European descent are on the march. They speak of peace all the time, but always at war and killing millions upon millions of persons. This is the mentality of the European (those of European descent). They really think God is with them and this twisted mentality.

They have an elaborate system of governments, politics, religion, and education that teaches and instills this “dysfunction” to the many in the world who are not of European (Japhetic) descent. They, in turn, while Black, Red, Brown and Yellow on the outside, have the European mindset within them and a part of them. They, now, think and believe the “dysfunction” as the European does.

This is what the “march” of the European in the world is doing at present: It seeks to spread this dysfunctional mentality into the non-European-based lands by their greatest and subtle weapon: The Christian Missionary. This is the tool that robs the non-European of his culture, identity and “desire” to know where he came from and who he is.

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Daxx March 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm

Mr Harris is treading dangerous ground saying the Bible is not the divinely inspired word of God and should not be listened to as he is being used by Satan to confuse and scatter the flock or build his own following which could be a form of cult not just misinformed  

 Rev. Dave Maxx

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R. Jerome Harris March 31, 2014 at 9:02 am

Dave Maxx. I do not live by YOUR Anglo-European rules nor am I bound or a slave to what the impostor and man-made religious system – Christianity – teaches. I am fully FREE as discipleship to Christ makes one. True to what this impostor and its agents do, issues threat to anyone who questions and challenges them. That is hateful and not loving and it does not follow the pattern and example or Christ. Thus, it is a religious system that has created this "bad fruit" in people.

YOU do well to acknowledge that NO BOOK can be what Christ is. I defend The Word of God (Jesus the Christ), you defend a book. It is YOU who do not know who your master is. (I do not refer to you as reverend as there is only ONE reverent one, Christ himself). Your title means nothing to me.

If you make a book The Word of God, then there is no way Christ will know you – since you do not know him as the ONLY Word of God. (Matthew 7:21)

Not once do you defend Christ as "The Word of God." Not once do YOU listen to what The Most High God as said concerning his Son at Luke 9:35.

No I am not being used by Satan. That is your convenient and "canned" response you give to all who challenge and question you. No, the so-called flock is ALREADY scattered and it was scattered by YOU. YOU and those like you created the more than 41,000 so-called Christian denominations and YOU teach Christ "differently." You even war with each other and kill each other while at the same time claiming to be Christs followers.  It is YOU have scattered the flock. Satan has used you, else there would be only one flock. There are over 41,000 CONTENDING FLOCKS. You are but a member of one of them. ALL of those "flocks" place a book UNKNOWN to Christ and his disciples on a pedestal and YOU ALL teach it to be holy and the Word of God. YOU defend it before you would Christ, The Son of God who IS THE WORD OF GOD. (Rev 19:13) 

It is YOU who have confused the flock. I can bring 10 of YOUR FLOCK out of the different congregations and NONE OF YOU WILL AGREE. So who is confused?

I seek no following to myself. I follow only Christ. He is my Master and Head. (1 Cor 11:3). No one reading anything on my blog will get a hint of me wanting to be followed. I Do direct persons away from YOU and your religious system and direct them to come to Christ a part from you.

I sense fear in you. You fear persons like me because I defend Christ as The Word of God and not a book. You fear me and get agitated (like the demons did) because I speak the truth (deep down you know I speak the truth). You don't want others to hear the truth so you resort to the very same tactics that the Pharisees used in Jesus' day by saying that he does what he does in the name of Beelzebub.

Another tactic you use is to just throw out there that a person is "misinformed" yet YOU never show where a person is misinformed and you leave it at that. You are the masters of dragging the Red Herring.

What are YOU afraid of?

YOU and those like you – while claiming to be a friend of Christ – are his worst enemies.

Christ spoke of you at Matthew 7:21-23 and he foretold your coming at Matthew 24:4-5.

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