Joktan

Man living at the time of the Patriarchs

Joktan is a figure mentioned in the Bible in the genealogies found in Genesis 10 and 1 Chronicles 1. He is described as a descendant of Shem and a brother of Peleg. Joktan is noted as the father of several sons: Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab.

From a biblical perspective, Joktan represents one of the many lineages that emerged after the flood during the time of the Patriarchs. His descendants are listed as part of the genealogical record to show the spreading of humanity and the fulfillment of God’s command to be fruitful and multiply.

In Genesis 10:25-29 and 1 Chronicles 1:19-23, Joktan is mentioned alongside his sons, and their names indicate the various regions or tribes that they eventually became associated with. While not much is said about Joktan himself in the biblical narrative, his inclusion in the genealogy serves to trace the lineage leading to other significant figures in biblical history.

As with all genealogies in the Bible, the purpose of including figures like Joktan is to provide a historical and genealogical account of the origins of various peoples. This record highlights the intricate tapestry of human history and God’s sovereignty over the generations.

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