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The Table of Nations

Pastors, scholars and teachers often refer to something called the Table of Nations and then act as though we can understand where nations are today as a result. It is really a list and not a table. It fails to identify where the most of the nations were and who they are today. Nimrod was mentioned with some points of reference to ancient countries in the land that is Iraq today. Casluhim became the Philistines. The borders of the Canaanites are given but the breakout of the land among the eleven sons is not defined. Joktan had thirteen sons which was "from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east." Beyond that nothing is known from this passage. I have heard attempts to use this to help understand the nations listed in Ezekiel 38 but it does not contribute to learning. From there writers then employ unreliable scholars such as Josephus. A real table allows the user to lookup a value and then find out other information from it. For example, a trigonometric table will let you look up angles and find the sines, cosines and tangents for that angle. Genesis 11 does not aid in determining what countries are involved in prophecies such as Isaiah 18 and Ezekiel 38. The Table of Nations does not list current major and minor nations neither does it list immediate derivatives. What about Persia, Assyria, Syria, Medes and Elam?

"The Table"

VerseNameCountry Name and Boundary Information from Genesis 11
1Noah 
1   Japheth 
2      Gomer 
3         Ashkenaz 
3         Riphath 
3         Togarmah 
2      Magog 
2      Madai 
2      Javan 
4         Elishah 
4         Tarshish 
4         Kittim 
4         Dodanim 
2      Tubal 
2      Meshech 
2      Tiras 
1   Ham 
6      Cush 
7         Seba 
7         Havilah 
7         Sabtah 
7         Raamah 
7            Sheba 
7            Dedan 
7         Sabtecha 
8         NimrodBabel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. Out of that land went forth Asshur, and builded Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah, And Resen between Nineveh and Calah: the same is a great city.
6      Mizraim 
13         Ludim 
13         Anamim 
13         Lehabim 
13         Naphtuhim 
14         Pathrusim 
14         CasluhimPhilistia [the land of the Philistines]
14         Caphtorim 
 6      Phut 
 6      Canaan...and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad. And the border of the Canaanites was from Sidon, as thou comest to Gerar, unto Gaza; as thou goest, unto Sodom, and Gomorrah, and Admah, and Zeboim, even unto Lasha.
15         Sidon 
15         Heth 
16        Jebusite 
16        Amorite 
16        Girgasite 
17        Hivite 
17        Arkite 
17        Sinite 
18        Arvadite 
18        Zemarite 
18        Hamathite 
1   Shem 
22      Elam 
22      Asshur 
22      Arphaxad 
24         Salah 
24            Eber 
25               Pelegin his days was the earth divided
25               Joktan 
26                   Almodadv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
26                  Shelephv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
26                  Hazarmavethv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
26                  Jerahv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
27                  Hadoramv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
27                  Uzalv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
27                  Diklahv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
28                  Obalv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
28                  Abimaelv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
28                  Shebav30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
29                  Ophirv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
29                  Havilahv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
29                  Jobabv30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
22      Lud 
22      Aram 
23         Uz 
23         Hul 
23         Gether 
23         Mash 







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