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Semites

SEMITES (sĕm'īts). The term Semite is derived from Noah’s son Shem (Gen.9.18-Gen.9.19; Gen.10.21-Gen.10.31) and is used to identify a diverse group of ancient peoples whose languages are related, belonging to the Semitic family of languages. It is not certain that since these Semitic peoples spoke related languages, they themselves were related in blood. But since it is impossible now to gain a more accurate knowledge of the relationship of ancient peoples, this obvious connection in language is of some use.