Shem

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Shem
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Shem, son of Noah
ChildrenElam
Ashur
Arphaxad
Lud
Aram
Parent(s)Noah

According to the Bible, Shem is one of the sons of Noah. His name means "name" or "famous name". He is said to have populated parts of Asia. He had five sons, Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. The children of these sons lived in Elam, Assyria, Asia, Lydia, and Syria respectively.

Arpachshad was the ancestor of Abraham and, in turn, Jesus.

Shem, Ham and Japhet, a painting by James Tissot. Shem is the man on the left with purple clothes.