Joktan (or Yoktan)was the second of the two sons of Eber (Gen. 10:25; 1 Chr. 1:19) mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.

In Pseudo-Philo's account (ca. 70), Joktan was first made prince over the children of Shem, just as Nimrod and Phenech were princes over the children of Ham and Japheth, respectively. In his version, the three princes command all persons to bake bricks for the Tower of Babel; however, twelve, including several of Joktan's own sons, as well as Abraham and Lot, refuse the orders. Joktan smuggles them out of Shinar and into the mountains, to the annoyance of the other two princes.

The name is also written as Yoktan (Hebrew: יָקְטָן‬, Modern Yoktan, Tiberian Yoqṭān, Arabic: يقطان‎ Yaqtan).

Genesis 10 Narrative

25 And unto Eber were born two sons: the name of one was Peleg; for in his days was the earth divided; and his brother’s name was Joktan.
26 And Joktan begat Almodad, and Sheleph, and Hazarmaveth, and Jerah,
27 And Hadoram, and Uzal, and Diklah,
28 And Obal, and Abimael, and Sheba,
29 And Ophir, and Havilah, and Jobab: all these were the sons of Joktan.
30 And their dwelling was from Mesha, as thou goest unto Sephar a mount of the east.
Genesis 10:25-30

Marriage and Family


Offspring of Joktan ben Eber and unknown parent
Name Birth Death Joined with
Almodad ben Joktan
Sheleph ben Joktan
Hazarmaveth ben Joktan
Jerah ben Joktan
Hadoram ben Joktan
Uzal ben Joktan
Diklah ben Joktan
Obal ben Joktan
Abimael ben Joktan
Sheba ben Joktan
Ophir ben Joktan
Havilah ben Joktan 9999 Mesopotamia 9999 Mesha, Mesopotamia
Jobab ben Joktan



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