Shem was one of Noah's three sons. His two brothers were Ham and Japheth. Shem, along with his parents, his brothers and their wives, were on the Ark during the Great Flood. Shem had five sons, Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud and Aram. Eber (Heber) was the great-grandson of Shem, and through his line came Abraham, Moses, David, and Joseph (the adoptive father of Jesus).

It is believed Shem's descendants settled in Asia.

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