In the Table of Nations, Moses doesn't mention Egypt's (Mizraim's) children by name, only the tribes are mentioned.

Genesis 10:13-14 (KJV)

[13] And Mizraim begat Ludim, and Anamim, and Lehabim, and Naphtuhim, [14] And Pathrusim, and Casluhim, (out of whom came Philistim,) and Caphtorim.

But in the case of the other children of Ham, Shem and Japheth, the progenitors of their various nations are mentioned by name, e.g.:

  • Sidon and Heth are mentioned as progenitors of the Canaanite races.

  • Seba, Sabteca, Ramah, etc. are mentioned as progenitors of the Cushitic races.

Why then did Moses omit the names of the progenitors of the Egyptian races?

The case of Phut is even worse since none of his sons are mentioned in the genesis account but are mentioned in the book of Jubilees.

Since Moses wrote under divine inspiration, could there be an underlying reason for the omission? Please help me out with this.

  • Mizraim is itself a plural. The entire Hamitic section of Genesis 10 is riddled with -im, -ite(s), and cities.
    – Lucian
    Jul 31 '17 at 20:02

Genesis 10 shouldn't be read primarily as a list of nations or tribes, but as the descendants of Noah. So Ludim, Anamim, Lehabim, Naphtuhim, Pathrusim, Casluhim, and Caphtorim are the sons of Mizraim. (Or the singular versions. I don't have my Hebrew Bible accessible to check.)

The Israelites evidently believed the earth's nations came from the descendants of Noah, and one example of a nation whose name didn't match the progenitor'so name is in verse 14 where it says the Philistines came from Casluhim. But there are also many names which we can't identify as nations or tribes, and some names which don't make sense to us from the rest of history. How accurate Genesis 10 is would be another question though.

  • I appreciate your taking time to answer. But you didn't really answer the question. Other nations in Gen 10 have the names of the specific sons from which they originated. But Egypt is the only exception. The sons of Mizraim are not mentioned, just the tribal groups they formed as a collective. So I don't know the reason why Moses would record Mizrahi genealogy this way. That's the question. Why did Moses record Mizrahi genealogy without mentioning the progenitors of those races?
    – user20490
    Jul 28 '17 at 21:11
  • With the issues we are having about who the ancient Egyptians were, it makes it even harder since the original sons of Mizraim are not mentioned by name. I wonder if Mizrahi people have been a composite stock from the beginning of nations. That's what the question is about.
    – user20490
    Jul 28 '17 at 21:13
  • @user20490 I think I answered your question: the sons are given just as much as they are given in any other. Other sons/tribes are given with plural names, and some nations are just known by the singular rather than the plural name.
    – curiousdannii
    Jul 28 '17 at 22:55
  • There are some weird things in the Hebrew of the chapter: why are only Mizraim, Canaan and Joktan's progeny each listed with אֶת? Why do only Canaan's progeny each have the definite article? Those are good questions, but not what you asked, I don't think.
    – curiousdannii
    Jul 28 '17 at 22:57

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