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Ham


Ham (hot; sunburnt).

1. The name of one of the three sons of Noah, apparently the second in age. (b.c. 2448.) Of the history of Ham nothing is related except his irreverence to his father and the curse which that patriarch pronounced. The sons of Ham are stated to have been “Cush and Mizraim and Phut and Canaan.” Gen. 10:6; comp. 1 Chron. 1:8. Egypt is recognized as the “land of Ham” in the Bible. Ps. 78:51; 105:23; 106:22. The other settlements of the sons of Ham are discussed under their respective names. The three most illustrious Hamite nations—the Cushites, the Phœnicians, and the Egyptians—were greatly mixed with foreign peoples. Their architecture has a solid grandeur that we look for in vain elsewhere.

2. According to the present text, Gen. 14:5, Chedorlaomer and his allies smote the Zuzim in a place called Ham, probably in the territory of the Ammonites (Gilead), east of the Jordan.