Where did Gentiles Come From After the Flood?

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Who and Where did Gentiles Come From?

If Noah and his wife were Jewish and the wives of his sons were Jewish as well, how could any other race other than Jews be established?

Tim’s Answer

The division between Jews and Gentiles began with Jacob. Before Jacob, there were no Jews. Noah was not a Jew, nor were Abraham or Isaac. The term “Jew” refers to the descendants of Jacob.

In Genesis 32:28, God gave Jacob the new name of “Israel.” Throughout most of the Old Testament, the descendants of Jacob are known as the Israelites. After the reign of Solomon over the nation of Israel, the nation divided into two nations in 931 BC; one continued the name of Israel and the other became known as Judah, Jacob’s son, since Judah’s descendants made up the majority of this second country. Over time, many people from Israel came to live in the nation of Judah. In 722 BC, the nation of Israel was destroyed by the Assyrians but the nation of Judah continued. By around 687 BC, the people of the nation of Judah were being called “Jehudi,” a Hebrew word that we translate as “Jew” (Jeremiah 34:9; Daniel 3:8, 12; 2 Kings 25:25). Because many of the twelve tribes of Israel had taken up residence in the country of Judah, the term included descendants of the other tribes. In the book of Esther, Mordecai, of the tribe of Benjamin, is called a Jew (Esther 2:5).

Because only those descended from Jacob are Jews, everyone else are considered Gentiles. Thus, the Arabs, who are descended from Abraham through Ishmael, are not Jews and would resist being called Jews. Other descendants of Shem, Noah’s son through whom Abraham came, also would be considered as Gentiles, as would all of the descendants of Ham and Japheth, Noah’s other two sons.

Jesus was a Jew, as were all of the twelve apostles. For those who believe in Jesus Christ as our Savior, our connection to Christ, whether we are Jews or Gentiles, binds us into a family relationship and a close connection to the Jewish people. As Paul states in Romans 11:28, even when certain Jewish people resist Christ, they are still to be loved. Our prayer is that both Jews and Gentiles will come to understand the grace that Jesus brings to us.

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5 thoughts on “Where did Gentiles Come From After the Flood?

  1. Melissa

    When the split occurred, it was because the northern tribes refused to obey God and come to Jerusalem for the feast. Therefore they were scattered abroad and assimilated into the nations (Gentiles). Jesus said He came to seek and save that which was lost. In Matthew 15:24 He says, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” This is referring to the ten tribes which scattered. Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, were adopted into the tribes as the fullness of the Gentiles through Joseph by his father, Jacob. Because of this “adoption” anyone seeking to be grafted in by the blood can become part of Israel. Jesus is the vine into which we are grafted. It is so exciting to see that we who are not physical Israel, through Jesus, can become spiritual Israel. The story of the prodigal son is a picture of the tribes that were scattered and squandered their inheritance. Through returning and recognizing their sin, the Father restores to them what was lost.

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