THE HISTORY OF MAN.
whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us
a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the
whole earth. And the Lord came down to see the city
and the tower, which the children of men builded. And
the Lord said, Behold, the people is one, and they have
all one language, and this they begin to do; and now
nothing will be restrained from thetn which they have
imagined to do. Go to, let us go down, and there con¬
found their language, that they may not understand each
other's speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from
thence upon the face of all the earth. This important
event, recorded in Gen. xi., occurred about 2160 years
before Christ, and was the origin of the division of the
human family into distinct nations.
• THE SONS OF NOAH.
The sons of Noah who went forth out of the ark, were
Shem, Ham and Japhet — and of them was the whole
To the descendants of Ham, I have generally given
the name of Ethiopians — blacks with frizzled or curly
hair. The descendants of Shem were denominated As¬
syrians and Syrians — blacks with long straight hair.
Shem had five sons—Elam, Ashur, Arphaxad, Aram
and Laud — who inhabited the land from the Euphrates
to the Indian Ocean and Abyssinia.
Eiam left a posterity called Elarnites — the ancestors
of the Persians.
Ashur lived at the city of Nineveh, and named his sub¬
jects Assyrians, who became the most fortunate nation.
Arphaxad named the Arphaxadites, now called the
From Aram sprang the Aramites, whom the Greeks
Laud founded the Ladites, who are now called the Ly-
Aram had four sons — Uz, UI, Gather and Mesa.
Uz founded Trachonitis and Damascus — between Pa¬
lestine and Celosyria.
Ul founded Armenia; and from Gather sprang the