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Shem (shĕm), name. The eldest son of Noah. His conduct toward his father on one occasion is noted with praise. Genesis 9:20-27. The Jews are his descendants, and, besides, there are the Aramæans, Persians, Assyrians, and Arabians. The languages spoken by the descendants of Shem—the Hebrew, Chaldee, Assyrian, and Arabic-are called Semitic languages.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Shem'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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