Josephus Table of Nations

Click here to see Japheth's descendants
 
Click here to see Ham's descendants
 
Click here to see Shem's descendants
 

Regarding maps, click here for a map of the known world about the time of Josephus and Christ, put together by a Greek geographer Strabo, who lived in Pontus (near the Black Sea) in modern day Turkey. It interestingly shows early latitude lines based on the length of its longest day (in hours) at the summer solstice, about 21st June. Thus the equator shows 12 "equinoctial" hours (equal both night and day), Jerusalem is in between zone 3 and zone 4 or about 14¼ hours, while London's zone is "adiectus" — "furthest reach" (from Rome) — about 16½ hours of sunlight in summer (and very long winter nights).
Click here for a larger and more detailed map of the West, about 400AD. Click here for a map of the East showing trade routes as recorded by the Egyptian geographer Ptolemy, about 150AD.

Click here to see today's situation, the world now numbering over seven billion descendants — the large nations of China, of India, and the layout of the world's nations today showing their "declared" Muslim / Christian allegiance(s).
 
Josephus was a Jewish general, a descendant of the priestly Maccabee tribe at the time of the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD. In 71 AD Roman Emperor Vespasian commissioned Josephus to write a history of this war, which he finished in 78 AD. His second major work, the Antiquities of the Jews was a 20 volume work, completed around 93 AD. It was a commentary in Greek that fleshed out the Book of Genesis as well as providing a background to the Jews from the time of Abraham to that present time. He next wrote Against Apion in about 96-100 AD. Finally The Life of Josephus, his autobiography, followed in about 100 AD. He died shortly after.
 
With regard to Jesus, below are the words he is recorded as having written that were published in paragraph 3, chapter 3, Book 18 of Antiquities of the Jews:

"Now there was about this time Jesus, a wise man, if it be lawful to call him a man, for he was a doer of wonderful works, a teacher of such men as receive the truth with pleasure. He drew over to him both many of the Jews and many of the Gentiles. He was (the) Christ. And when Pilate, at the suggestion of the principal men amongst us, had condemned him to the cross, those that loved him at the first did not forsake him, for he appeared to them alive again the third day, as the divine prophets had foretold these and ten thousand other wonderful things concerning him. And the tribe of Christians, so named from him, are not extinct at this day."
 
The extract below is from Answers in Genesis quoting from Josephus Book 1 of Antiquities of the Jews.
 
Click here to view a graphical image of this layout in a separate page.
 
Appendix
 
The following are excerpts from Josephus’s Antiquity of Jews as translated by William Whiston and adapted in the Online Bible. The names of Noah’s grandsons are numbered, and his great-grandsons have a letter associated with their father’s number, etc.
 
Now they were the grandchildren of Noah, in honour of whom names were imposed on the nations by those who first settled them.
 
Japheth
 
Japheth, the son of Noah, had seven sons: they inhabited so, that, beginning at the mountains Taurus and Amanus, they proceeded along Asia, as far as the river Tanais, and along Europe to Cadiz, and settling themselves on the lands which they came upon, which none had inhabited before, they called the nations by their own names, for
 
1. Gomer founded those whom the Greeks now call Galatians (Gauls / Celts), but were then called Gomerites.
2. Magog founded those who from him were named Magogites, but who are by the Greeks called Scythians associated by the Greeks with "the epitome of savagery and barbarianism", and associated by many today with the Slavic (or slave) peoples of Russia and Serbia, Bosnia and Croatia, Poland, Slovenia, Czechoslovakia, etc, but see that Scythian link above for Paul the apostle's comments regarding the fact "there are no more barbarians, Scythians, slaves, free", etc.
3. Now as to Javan and Madai, the sons of Japheth, from Madai came the Madeans, who are called Medes by the Greeks (Media in Western Persia) identified by the Greek historian, Herodotus, with the Aryans (from which comes Persia's modern name Iran), and who later spread into northern India,
4. but from Javan, Ionia, and all the Greeks, are derived. Note, in the Greek legend of the flood, very much a local affair, Deucalion and his wife were left as the only surviving humans on earth (c. 1528BC). They have a son Hellen (pronounced Helleen), from which comes the Greek word for itself, "Hellas", and two grandsons, Graecus and Latinus, from which we get those words "Greek" and "Latin".
5. Thobel or Tubal founded the Thobelites, who are now called Iberes (Georgia).
Tubal is also identified by many with settlements around the Tiber River (in Italy) and the Ebra River in the Iberian Peninsula, which the Romans later named Hispania, or Spain, home place for the later Sephardi Jews,
6. and the Mosocheni were founded by Mosoch or Meshech, now they are Cappadocians, much of central modern day Turkey. There is also a mark of their ancient name still to be shown, for there is even now among them a city called Mazaca, which may inform those who are able to understand, that so was the entire nation once called.
Identified by many also with the Moscow River and the city of Moscow to the north Click here.
7. Thiras or Tiras also called those whom he ruled over, Thirasians, but the Greeks changed the name into Thracians in northern Greece. And so many were the countries that had the children of Japheth for their inhabitants.
 
1A. Of the three sons of Gomer, Ashkenaz founded the home place for the later Ashkenazi Jews (Germany), who are now called by the Greeks Rheginians.
1B. So did Riphas or Riphath found the Riphasians, now called Paphlagonians in northern modern day Turkey, just below the Black Sea, and
1C. Togarmah the Togarmans [Turks], who, as the Greeks resolved, were named Phrygians.
 
4A. Of the three sons of Javan also, the son of Japheth, Elishah gave name to the Eliseans, who were his subjects, they are now the Aeolians (Thessaly in northern Greece).
4B. Tarshish or initially Tharshish to the Tarshians, for so was Cilicia of old called, the sign of which is this, that the noblest city they have, and a metropolis also, is Tarsus (where Paul the apostle was born), the τ tau, pronounced "t" (in Hebrew the Mark of life see Ezekiel 9:4-6) being by change put for the θ theta, pronounced "th" (Thanatos - Greek word for Death).
Click here re later sailings — west into Tartessos (Cadiz) in southern Spain and east into Asia (possibly Japan and even to Java).
4C. Cethimus or Kittim/Chittim possessed the island Cethima, it is now called Cyprus, and from that it is that all islands, and the greatest part of the sea coasts, are named Cethim by the Hebrews, and one city there is in Cyprus that has been able to preserve its name, it has been called Citius by those who use the language of the Greeks, and has not, by the use of that dialect, escaped the name of Cethim. And so many nations have the children and grandchildren of Japheth possessed.
 
Ham
 
The children of Ham possessed the land from Syria and Amanus (ancient Antioch), and the mountains of Libanus (modern day Lebanon), settling all that was on its sea coasts (in Africa) and as far as the (Atlantic) ocean, and keeping it as their own. Some indeed of its names are utterly vanished away, others of them, being changed, and another sound given them, are hardly to be discovered, yet a few there are which have kept their names entire.
 
1. For of the four sons of Ham, time has not at all hurt the name of Cush, for the Ethiopians, over whom he reigned, are even at this day, both by themselves and by all men in Asia, called Cushites.
2. The memory also of the Mesraites is preserved in their name, for all we who inhabit this country [of Judea] called Egypt Mestre [Mizraim], and the Egyptians Mestreans.
3. Phut also was the founder of Libya, and called the inhabitants Phutites, from himself, there is also a river in the country of Moors which bears that name, where it is that we may see the greatest part of the Greek historiographers mention that river and the adjoining country by the appellation of Phut,
but the name it has now, has been by change given it from one of the sons of Mizraim, who was called Lybyos. We will inform you presently what has been the occasion why it has been called Africa also (ie from Epher, son of Midian and grandson of Abraham Genesis 25:4. These Afri peoples, as they were called, settled in modern day Tunisia / Libya).
4. Canaan, the fourth son of Ham, inhabited the country now called Judea, and called it from his own name Canaan.
 
The children of these were these:
 
1A. Sabas Seba, who founded the Sabeans (Yemen),
1B. Evilas or Havilah, who founded the Evileans, who are called Getuli,
1C. Sabathes or Sabtah, founded the Sabathens—they are now called by the Greeks, Astaborans,
1D. Sabactas or Sabtechah settled the Sabactens, and
1E. Ragmus or Raamah the Ragmeans, and he had two sons, the one of whom, Judadas or Dedan, settled the Judadeans, a nation of the Western Ethiopians, and left them his name, as did Sabas Sheba to the Sabeans.
Josephus Book 2 Chapter 10 Paragraph 2 states that this Sheba, spelled differently from Seba (Yemen), was a royal city of Ethiopia, which Cambyses (circa 440 BC) afterwards named Mero, after the name of his own sister.
 
1F. But Nimrod, the son of Cush, stayed and tyrannized at Babylon, as we have already informed you.
Nimrod also built the cities of Erech (Uruk) and Accad (Akkad). He is thus associated by many with the mostly legendary account of Gilgamesh (of Uruk) and with Sargon of Akkad.
Akkadian incidentally, is the language used on those "laws of contract" published on stone tablets that were written at that time, e.g. the complex family laws in the well-known Code of Hammurabi, Amorite king of Babylon around 1750 BC.

 
Now all the children of Mizraim, being eight in number, possessed the country from Gaza to Egypt, though it retained the name of one only,
 
2A. the Philistim for the Greeks call part of that country Palestine.
 
2B. As for the rest, Ludicim or Ludim, and
2C. Enemim or Anamim, and
2D. Labim or Lehabim, who alone inhabited in Libya, and called the country from himself,
2E. Nedim or Naphtuhim and
2F. Phethrosim or Pathrusim, and
2G. Chesloim or Casluhim, and
2H. Caphthorim or Caphtorim, we know nothing of them besides their names, for the Ethiopic war, which we shall describe hereafter, was the cause that those cities were overthrown.
 
4A. The sons of Canaan were these: Sidonius, who also built a city of the same name—it is called by the Greeks, Sidon,
4B. Amathus or Hamath inhabited in Amathine, which is even now called Amathe by the inhabitants, although the Macedonians named it Epiphania, from one of his posterity Antiochus Epiphanes,
4C. Arudeus or Arvadite possessed the island Aradus,
4D. Arucas or Arkite possessed Arce, which is in LibanusLebanon, but for the seven others,
4E. Chetteusor Heth,
4F. Jebuseus or Jebusite,
4G. Amorreus or Amorite,
4H. Gergesus or Girgasite,
4I. Eudeus or Hivite,
4J. Sineusor Sinite,
4K. Samareus or Zemarite we have nothing in the sacred books but their names, for the Hebrews overthrew their cities, and their calamities came upon them on the occasion following.
 
Now, while Josephus was unfamiliar with the outcome of Heth (i.e. the Hittites), the following extract comes from www.wikinoah.org:
 
Heth (Hittites) and Sin (Sinites) are believed by many to be the progenitors of the families of China and Mongolia. "Hittite" in Cuneiform appears as Khittae, representing a once powerful nation from the Far East, preserved through the centuries in the more familiar Chinese term, Cathay. "Sin", a brother of Heth, has many occurrences in variant forms in the Far East. Many believe the reference to the Sinim in Isaiah 49:12 is a reference to China. Those who came from the Far East to trade with the Scythians were called Sinae (Sin). Ptolemy, a Greek astronomer, referred to China as the land of Sinim or Sin. Arabs called China Sin, Chin, Mahachin, or Machin. The Ch'in (from which the name "China" is taken) were spoken of as a people in the remotest parts of Asia. Their most important town was Xian (pronounced Shee-an), a great trading emporium in the province of Shensi. The Ch'in became independent in Western China, their princes reigning there for some 650 years before they finally gained dominion over the whole land. In 217 B.C., Prince Cheng unified China and took the title of Shih Hwang-ti (First Emperor). Shih Hwang-ti built much of the Great Wall of China, and a network of roads and canals that converged on his capital, near modern Xian, in Shensi province.
 
With respect to the Cathay people of historical reference, it would make sense to suppose that the remnants of the Hittites, after the destruction of their empire, travelled towards the east and settled among the Sinites who were relatives, contributing to their civilization, and thus becoming the ancestors of many Asian people groups in Asia and the Americas.
 
Click here for a recent article on ancient Chinese history by Hieromonk Damascene.

 
Shem
 
Shem, the third son of Noah, had five sons, who inhabited the land that began at Euphrates, and reached to the Indian Ocean.
 
1. For Elam left behind him the Elamites, the ancestors of the Persians (Iran).
2. Ashur lived at the city of Nineveh, and named his subjects Assyrians (north Iraq), who became the most fortunate nation beyond others.
3. Arphaxad named the Arphaxadites, who are now called Chaldeans (south Iraq).
4. as Laud or Lud founded the Laudites, which are now called Lydians (west Turkey).
5. Aram had the Aramites, which the Greeks called Syrians,
Of the four sons of Aram,
5A. Uz founded Trachonitis and Damascus, this country lies between Palestine and Coelosyria.
5B. Ul or Hul founded Armenia, and
5C. Gather or Gether the Bactrians (Pakistan/Afghanistan), and
5D. Mesa or Mash the Mesaneans, it is now called Characene (Kuwait).
 
3A. Sala or Salah was the son of Arphaxad,
3A1. and his son was Heber, from whom they originally called the Jews Hebrews.
3A1A. Heber's sons Joktan and Peleg: he was called Peleg, because he was born at the dispersion of the nations to their various countries, for Peleg among the Hebrews signifies Division.
 
Now Joktan, one of the sons of Heber, had these sons: Almodad, Sheleph, Hazarmaveth, Jerah, Hadoram, Uzal, Diklah, Obal, Abimael, Sheba, Ophir, Havilah, and Jobab. These inhabited from Cophen (now known as the Kabul River in Afghanistan) and in part of Asia adjoining to it. And this shall suffice concerning the sons of Shem.
 
Note, in Genesis 2:10-12 we are told that
 
"a river flowed out of Eden to water the garden, and there it divided and became four rivers. The name of the first is the Pishon. It is the one that flowed around the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold. And the gold of that land is good."
 
Josephus declared that this Pishon River that encompassed the land of Havilah was in fact the River Ganges click here for this reference.
 
Click here to see a map showing the town of Gangotri in India, the source of the River Ganges, and Mount Kailash in Tibet, the source of the Indus nearby. This land, later renamed as India from The Indus (literally, The River), was settled by these 13 sons of Joktan, as it says in Genesis 10:30 "The territory they occupied extended from Mesha (thought by many to be close to Mashhad in Iran, the start of the Silk Road) all the way to Sephar in the eastern mountains" (i.e. the Himalayas).
 
The land was famous for its gold: as well as the reference in Genesis 2 to Havilah, there are also numerous references to the gold of Ophir. Sadly however, used to build numerous idols for worship, as it says in Romans 1:21-25, "they exchanged the truth about God for a lie, worshiping and serving the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen."

 
** End of Extract
 
Some recent emails on India and China   and the layout of the world's nations today
India and English and Sanskrit and Chinese
 
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 1:40 PM
Subject: Now over to India — and English — and Sanskrit :-)

 
Hi all
 
https://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/List of countries by English-speaking population
 
Now, going through that link above, checking into English, yes, it’s spoken by, perhaps, up to 10% of the people in India, mainly in the media and in the government, well they were ruled by England for a few hundred years, makes sense
 
But the other 90% of India have many languages and scripts, makes it tricky, Hindi, the “official” language is of course the most popular at around 40%, with all the other 1600 languages or so generally based, yes, mainly around the Sanskrit language. As a spoken language, “Vedic (chanted) Sanskrit” apparently lasted until about 400 BC, when it morphed into a written form “Classical Sanskrit”.
 
If Josephus’s comments are correct, probably are, that means Sanskrit was spoken by Joktan and his big family listed after the flood in Genesis 10, because they were the ones who moved into Ophir, by the Ganges, around 2000 BC, and also into the other parts of northern India, Havilah (where there was gold — and the gold was good — meaning, of course, you could build things with it).
 
Then around 400BC, it was Esther’s husband Ahasuerus, King of the Medes (Aryans) and Persians (Elamites), who ruled over India. Esther 1:1. And so classical Sanskrit, in its written form, would have emerged from the script used by the conquering Medes (Aryans) — the “holy” people from the north, as they are now called.
 
Now going back to Joktan, see Genesis 10:26, he was the son of Eber (the Hebrew), along with his brother Peleg whose descendant was Abraham.
Thus, yes, after the tower of Babel, before which it says that all the people were together and they all spoke one language, this breakup by Josephus ties
 
1. the Sanskrit languages spoken by the people in India more closely with
2. the people of Israel (i.e. Jews speaking Hebrew),
3. Ishmael (i.e. Arabs speaking Arabic),
4. Aram (Syrians speaking Aramaic),
5. Assyrian (Iraqis speaking Assyrian), and
6. Elamites (Iranians speaking Persian)
 
as we go back to the languages spoken, and the script used by their fathers. There have been a lot of changes, of course, but unlike we Westerners, these families do, most of the time, prefer to stay in the one area.
 
So, going back through the dad, these are said to be the descendants of Shem.
And yes, staying put, he’s generally seen as the more “spiritual” one, see Genesis 9:26-27.
 
So it’s a bit tricky too, when people in those countries become anti-Semites, it means, not only spiritually, but even naturally, that they are at war with themselves. Ahh the Lord knows.
Blessings all Steve

 
Sent: Friday, January 17, 2014 7:49 AM
Subject: Chatting about Chinese the other day

 
Hi all
 
While the figure is about 70% that speak Standard Chinese (or Mandarin) at home as their first choice, according to the following table, virtually all of China can now understand it, due to that heavy government push that’s been going on for some time now.
 
https://en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Chinese language#Varieties of Chinese
 
So, Standard Chinese — able to speak — understand it: 1.365 billion
Wu (spoken around Shanghai): 80 million
Yue (Cantonese spoken around Guangdong and Guanxi, Hong Kong and Macau): 60 million
Min (Hokkien — spoken in Taiwan and by many Chinese overseas): 50 million
 
Smaller ones in the south are
Xiang: 38 million
Hakka: 30 million
Gan: 22 million
 
and apparently the number that speak English is just under 1%, i.e. just over 10 million.
 
Also, apparently, while the traditional Chinese script is still used by many in the south east, nearly everyone can read, and most use as first choice now the new, simplified script.
Which means the same “hieroglyph” gets used for the word, regardless of the language the speaker uses. Keeps it simple.
Yep, despite what gets said at times, there doesn’t appear to be a strong “independent” streak in China. Unlike Australia — and England, and India :-)
 
Central government is the rule, whether it’s the emperor, or the party.
Blessings all Steve

 
Click here to view this population report on the World's Nations Today as a separate page

World's Nations Today

World Population 2017

World Population 2017: 7½ billion

Based on Statistics at www.worldometers.info

Click here for an estimate layout in 1800, just 1 billion

Contrast this too with the population in 1930, just over 2 billion, when only a handful of countries, eighteen to be exact, had a population of 20 million or more, based on statistics at www.populstat.info

Over 11 billion people have been born since 1900, a phenomenal increase on previous centuries.

1900-1959Births 4.4 billion (Average 35 per 1000 or 74 million each year)
 Deaths 3.1 billion (Average 25 per 1000 or 52 million each year)

Nett growth 1.7 billion in 1900 to 3 billion in 1959

 
1959-2017Births 7.2 billion (Average 25 per 1000 or 125 million each year)
 Deaths 2.7 billion (Average 9.5 per 1000 or 47 million each year)

Nett growth 3 billion to 7.5 billion in 2017

Averages per 1000 are based on a midpoint of 2.3 billion in 1900-1959 and 5 billion in 1959-2017.
 
In 2016, the average birth rate was 18.6 per 1000 (i.e. 138 million for the year) and the death rate was 7.8 per 1000 (i.e. 58 million).

Average Life Span (Life Expectancy at birth) as shown below is based on statistics at Nation Master in 2011. It showed a weighted average of three score and ten (or 69.82 years to be exact) for all the population.

Click here to view these statistics resorted by population size and displaying (at the end) this weighted average of 69.82 years.

Click here to view these same statistics in a spreadsheet .csv file.

CountriesCensus DataAverage Life Span
 ChristianMuslimOther 
AFRICA 1.25 billion
1. Nigeria 195 million48%50% 48 years
2. Ethiopia (prior to about 1945, known to outsiders as Abyssinia) 105 million65%34% 56 years
3. Egypt 97 million10%90%  73 years
4. Democratic Republic of the Congo (Formerly Zaire / Belgian Congo) 85 million80%10% 55 years
5. Tanzania 58 million35%30% 53 years
6. South Africa 56 million80%2% 49 years
7. Kenya 49 million85%7% 59 years
8. Uganda 43 million84%12% 53 years
9. Sudan 43 million1½%97% 61 years
10. Algeria 42 million2%90% 75 years
11. Morocco 36 million1%99% 76 years
12. Mozambique 30 million41%23% 52 years
13. Ghana 30 million69%16% 61 years
14. Angola 27 million90%1% 39 years
15. Madagascar 26 million41%1% 64 years
16. Cameroon 25 million40%18% 54 years
17. Cote d'Ivoire 24 million33%37% 57 years
18. Niger 22 million5%95% 53 years
19. Burkina Faso 20 million23%59% 54 years
20. Malawi 19 million80%13% 52 years
21. Mali 19 million5%92% 53 years
22. Zambia 18 million98%½% 52 years
23. Zimbabwe 17 million85%1% 50 years
24. Senegal 16 million7%93% 60 years
25. Chad 15 million34%56% 48 years
26. Guinea 14 million10%84% 58 years
27. South Sudan 13 million60%6% 54 years
28. Rwanda 12 million94%2% 58 years
29. Tunisia 12 million0.2%99% 75 years
30. Somalia 12 million0.01%99% 50 years
31. Burundi 12 million67%2% 59 years
32. Benin 12 million43%24% 60 years
33. Togo 8 million29%12% 63 years
34. Sierra Leone 7 million30%60% 56 years
35. Libya 6 million2%97% 78 years
36. Eritrea 6 million51%37% 63 years
37. Central African Republic 5 million50%9% 50 years
38. Republic of the Congo 5 million91%  55 years
39. Liberia 5 million40%12% 57 years
40. Mauritania 4 million0.1%99% 61 years
41. Lesotho 2 million90%  52 years
42. Namibia 2 million90%½% 52 years
43. Botswana 2 million72%½% 58 years
44. Gambia 2 million9%91% 64 years
45. Guinea-Bissau 2 million10%42% 49 years
46. Gabon 1 million72%10% 52 years
47. Mauritius 1 million32%17%Hinduism 48-50%74 years
48. Swaziland 1 million83%0.2% 49 years
49. Reunion Island 880 thousand80%2%Hinduism 10%74 years
50. Comoros 700 thousand2%98% 64 years
51. Equatorial Guinea 600 thousand99%  62 years
52. Djibouti 500 thousand6%94% 61 years
53. Cape Verde 400 thousand95%  71 years
54. Western Sahara 400 thousand0.04%99½% 54 years
55. Mayotte 200 thousand   77 years
56. Sao Tome and Principe 200 thousand   63 years
57. Seychelles 80 thousand95%1% 74 years
58. Saint Helena 8 thousand   78 years

 

CountriesCensus DataAverage Life Span
 ChristianMuslimOther 
NORTH and CENTRAL AMERICA 585 million
1. U.S.A. 330 million78%1%Judaism 1%
Buddhism 1%
78 years
2. Mexico 130 million95%  76 years
3. Canada 37 million77%2%Buddhism 1%
Hinduism 1%
81 years
4. Guatemala 17 million98%  71 years
5. Cuba 11 million85%  78 years
6. Dominican Republic 11 million95%  77 years
7. Haiti 11 million84%  62 years
8. Honduras 8 million83%  71 years
9. El Salvador 6 million82%  73 years
10. Nicaragua 6 million90%  72 years
11. Costa Rica 5 million84%  78 years
12. Puerto Rico 4 million97%  79 years
13. Panama 4 million92%1% 78 years
14. Jamaica 3 million65%  73 years
15. Trinidad and Tobago 1 million58%6%Hinduism 22%71 years
16. Guadeloupe 470 thousand80%  78 years
17. Martinique 400 thousand90% Hinduism 5%79 years
18. Bahamas 300 thousand96%  71 years
19. Belize 300 thousand77%  68 years
20. Barbados 280 thousand95%  74 years
21. Curacao ("Kew-ra-sow") 160 thousand   76 years
22. Saint Lucia 160 thousand   77 years
23. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 120 thousand   74 years
24. Virgin Islands U.S. 110 thousand   79 years
25. Aruba 100 thousand90%  76 years
26. Grenada 90 thousand97%  73 years
27. Antigua and Barbuda 85 thousand74%  75 years
28. Saint Martin 80 thousand   79 years
29. Dominica 70 thousand89%  76 years
30. Bermuda 70 thousand67%  81 years
31. Cayman Islands 50 thousand74%  81 years
32. Saint Kitts and Nevis 40 thousand   75 years
33. Caribbean Netherlands (BES Islands) 25 thousand   76 years
34. Virgin Islands British 25 thousand96%  78 years
35. Turks and Caicos Islands 20 thousand   79 years
36. Anguilla 15 thousand90%  81 years
37. Saint Barthelemy 7 thousand    
38. Saint Pierre and Miquelon 7 thousand   80 years
39. Montserrat 5 thousand   73 years

 

CountriesCensus DataAverage Life Span
 ChristianMuslimOther 
SOUTH AMERICA 425 million
1. Brazil 212 million90%  73 years
2. Colombia 49 million98%  75 years
3. Argentina 44 million93%2% 77 years
4. Peru 32 million94%  72 years
5. Venezuela 30 million98%  74 years
6. Chile 19 million87%  78 years
7. Ecuador 17 million99%  76 years
8. Bolivia 11 million97%  68 years
9. Paraguay 7 million97%  76 years
10. Uruguay 3 million58%  76 years
11. Guyana 800 thousand57%7%Hinduism 28-33%67 years
12. Suriname 500 thousand48%16%Hinduism 20-27%74 years
13. French Guiana 280 thousand84%  77 years
14. Falkland Islands (administered by UK) 3 thousand    

 

CountriesCensus DataAverage Life Span
 ChristianMuslimOther 
ASIA and MIDDLE EAST 4.485 billion
1. China 1.390 billion5%2%Buddhism 8%-80%75 years
2. India 1.350 billion2%13%Hinduism 80%67 years
3. Indonesia 265 million
Java 150million Sumatra 50million
9%86%Hinduism 3%
Buddhism 2%
71 years
4. Pakistan 200 million2%96% 66 years
5. Bangladesh 165 million 90%Hinduism 10%70 years
6. Japan 125 million2% Buddhism 45-71%82 years
7. Philippines 105 million91%5%Hinduism 2%
Buddhism 2%
72 years
8. Vietnam 95 million8% Buddhism 16-85%72 years
9. Iran (previously known as Persia) 82 million½%99% 70 years
10. Turkey 81 million 98% 73 years
11. Thailand 68 million½%4½%Buddhism 95%74 years
12. Myanmar (previously known as Burma) 55 million4%4%Buddhism 90%65 years
13. South Korea 51 million29% Buddhism 23%79 years
14. Iraq 40 million3%97% 71 years
15. Afghanistan 35 million0.02%99.7%Buddhism 0.2%45 years
16. Saudi Arabia 33 million5%95% 74 years
17. Malaysia 32 million9%60%Buddhism 22%
Hinduism 6%
74 years
18. Uzbekistan 31 million5%95% 73 years
19. Nepal 30 million1%4%Hinduism 81%
Buddhism 11%
66 years
20. Yemen 29 million 99% 64 years
21. North Korea 25 million2% Buddhism 65%69 years
22. Taiwan 23 million  Buddhism 35-93%78 years
23. Sri Lanka 21 million7%8%Buddhism 70%
Hinduism 7-15%
76 years
24. Syria 19 million10%90% 75 years
25. Kazakhstan 18 million45%55% 69 years
26. Cambodia 16 million2%1½%Buddhism 95%63 years
27. Azerbaijan 10 million5%95% 67 years
28. Tajikistan 9 million1%84% 66 years
29. United Arab Emirates 9 million9%76%Hinduism 10%
Buddhism 5%
77 years
30. Israel 8 million2%16%Judaism 76%81 years
31. Jordan 8 million6%94% 80 years
32. Hong Kong 7 million10% Buddhism 10-90%82 years
33. Laos 7 million1% Buddhism 67%62 years
34. Kyrgyzstan 6 million17%83% 70 years
35. Turkmenistan 6 million9%91% 69 years
36. Lebanon 6 million40%59% 75 years
37. Singapore 5 million15%15%Buddhism 42-61%
Hinduism 4%
82 years
38. Oman 5 million6%86%Hinduism 5%74 years
39. Georgia 4 million89%10% 77 years
40. Kuwait 4 million14%70%Hinduism 12%
Buddhism 4%
77 years
41. Mongolia 3 million2%5%Buddhism 50-93%68 years
42. Armenia 3 million99%  73 years
43. Qatar 3 million14%68%Hinduism 14%
Buddhism 3%
76 years
44. West Bank (technically in State of Palestine) 3 million2%82%Judaism 15%74 years
45. Gaza Strip (technically in State of Palestine) 2 million 99% 73 years
46. Timor-Leste 1 million97%3% 68 years
47. Bahrain 1 million9%81%Hinduism 6%78 years
48. Bhutan 700 thousand1%1%Buddhism 66-75%
Hinduism 2-25%
67 years
49. Macau 650 thousand  Buddhism 17-85%84 years
50. Maldives 400 thousand 98%Buddhism ½%74 years
51. Brunei 400 thousand11%67%Buddhism 9%76 years

 

CountriesCensus DataAverage Life Span
 ChristianMuslimOther 
EUROPE and RUSSIA 740 million
1. Russia 143 million70%12%Buddhism 1%66 years
2. Germany 80 million83%4%Buddhism 1%80 years
3. United Kingdom 66 million48%5%Hinduism 1%80 years
4. France 65 million84%10%Buddhism 1%81 years
5. Italy 60 million91%  82 years
6. Spain 46 million77%1% 81 years
7. Ukraine 44 million92%1% 69 years
8. Poland 39 million96%  76 years
9. Romania 19 million98%  74 years
10. Netherlands 17 million43%6% 80 years
11. Belgium 12 million48%3% 80 years
12. Greece 11 million98%2% 80 years
13. Czech Republic 11 million29% Buddhism ½%77 years
14. Portugal 10 million87%  79 years
15. Hungary 10 million74%  75 years
16. Sweden 10 million76%2% 81 years
17. Belarus 9 million80%  71 years
18. Austria 8 million66%4% 80 years
19. Switzerland 8 million79%4% 81 years
20. Serbia 7 million91%3% 75 years
21. Bulgaria 7 million84%12% 74 years
22. Denmark 6 million82%2% 79 years
23. Slovakia 5 million71%  76 years
24. Finland 5 million81%  79 years
25. Norway 5 million86%1%Buddhism ½%80 years
26. Ireland 5 million92%½% 80 years
27. Bosnia and Herzegovina 4 million51%40% 79 years
28. Croatia 4 million93%  76 years
29. Moldova 4 million98%½% 71 years
30. Albania 3 million35%65% 77 years
31. Lithuania 3 million85%  75 years
32. Latvia 2 million57%  73 years
33. Macedonia 2 million65%33% 75 years
34. Slovenia 2 million58%2% 77 years
35. Kosovo (technically part of Serbia) 2 million4%95% 70 years
36. Estonia 1 million28% Buddhism ½%73 years
37. Cyprus 800 thousand77%22%Buddhism 1%78 years
38. Montenegro 680 thousand78%18% 74 years
39. Luxembourg 500 thousand87%3% 80 years
40. Malta 400 thousand98%  80 years
41. Iceland 300 thousand89%  81 years
42. Jersey (part of British Channel Islands) 90 thousand   81 years
43. Andorra (landlocked in the Pyrenees Mountains between France and Spain) 80 thousand90%  82 years
44. Isle of Man (British Island) 75 thousand   81 years
45. Guernsey (part of British Channel Islands) 65 thousand   82 years
46. Greenland (technically part of Denmark since 1814, self-rule since 2009. Island mass is mostly inside the Arctic Circle) 60 thousand97%  71 years
47. Faroe Islands (part of Denmark) 50 thousand94%  80 years
48. Liechtenstein 35 thousand88%  80 years
49. Monaco 35 thousand88%  90 years
50. San Marino 30 thousand97%  83 years
51. Gibraltar 30 thousand   79 years
52. Holy See (Rome) 1 thousand100%   

 

CountriesCensus DataAverage Life Span
 ChristianMuslimOther 
OCEANIA 40 million
1. Australia 25 million64%2%Buddhism 2%82 years
2. Papua New Guinea 8 million96%  66 years
3. New Zealand 5 million55%1%Buddhism 1%81 years
4. Fiji 940 thousand58%6%Hinduism 30-33%71 years
5. Solomon Islands 580 thousand   74 years
6. French Polynesia (includes Tahiti) 280 thousand  Buddhism 7%77 years
7. New Caledonia 225 thousand 3%Buddhism 3%77 years
8. Samoa 220 thousand   72 years
9. Vanuatu 215 thousand   65 years
10. Guam 175 thousand   78 years
11. Tonga 120 thousand81%  75 years
12. Kiribati 110 thousand   64 years
13. Micronesia Federated States 110 thousand 95%  72 years
14. Northern Mariana Islands 90 thousand   77 years
15. American Samoa 65 thousand98%  74 years
16. Marshall Islands 65 thousand   72 years
17. Palau 20 thousand78%  72 years
18. Wallis and Futuna 15 thousand   79 years
19. Nauru 15 thousand   65 years
20. Cook Islands 10 thousand   75 years
21. Tuvalu 10 thousand   65 years
22. Niue (administered by New Zealand) 2 thousand    
23. Tokelau (administered by New Zealand) 1 thousand    

Sharia Law contrasted with Faith in Christ Jesus, the Son of God

 

Sharia (in the Arab world) is a word that is fairly close in meaning to Torah (in the Hebrew scriptures) from YaraPathway (to pasture) — normally translated as Law — that which points out the pathway to ongoing sustenance (from God).

 

Christianity, a heart-based relationship with Christ, God's Son

See Paul's words in 1 Corinthians 9:19-23

For though I be free from all men, yet have I made myself servant to all, that I might gain the more. And to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might gain the Jews, to them that are under the law, as under the law, that I might gain them that are under the law; to them that are without law, as without law - being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ (the Anointed one) that I might gain them that are without law. To the weak became I as weak, that I might gain the weak: I am made all things to all men, that I might by all means save some.

Muslim belief on this matter

Note the words in the Koran, declaring that yes, Jesus was born of a virgin, Mary, but in the Koran it is blasphemy to declare him to be the Son of God, interceding and atoning for man's sins through his shed blood.

See the applicable extract below, from Maryam - Sura (chapter) 19: verses 29-40

So she pointed to him. They said, "How can we speak to one who is in the cradle a child?" [Jesus] said, "Indeed, I am the servant of Allah . He has given me the Scripture and made me a prophet. And He has made me blessed wherever I am and has enjoined upon me prayer and zakah (i.e. contribution-payment) as long as I remain alive. And [made me] dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me a wretched tyrant. And peace is on me the day I was born and the day I will die and the day I am raised alive." That is Jesus, the son of Mary - the word of truth about which they are in dispute. It is not [befitting] for Allah to take a son; exalted is He! When He decrees an affair, He only says to it, "Be," and it is. [Jesus said], "And indeed, Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path." Then the factions differed [concerning Jesus] from among them, so woe to those who disbelieved - from the scene of a tremendous Day. How [clearly] they will hear and see the Day they come to Us, but the wrongdoers today are in clear error. And warn them, [O Muhammad], of the Day of Regret, when the matter will be concluded; and [yet], they are in [a state of] heedlessness, and they do not believe. Indeed, it is We who will inherit the earth and whoever is on it, and to Us they will be returned. And mention in the Book [the story of] Abraham. Indeed, he was a man of truth …

Now, back to Sharia, being under the Law

What countries use Sharia Law?

http://wiki.answers.com /Q/What countries use Sharia Law#ixzz1Nz6U2qwo

Countries using strict forms of Sharia Law include:

Death for Blasphemy:

1. Afghanistan
2. Bahrain
3. Iran
4. Mauritania
5. Oman
6. Pakistan
7. Yemen
8. Saudi Arabia
9. Gaza

Imprisonment for Blasphemy:

1. Algeria
2. Bangladesh
3. Egypt
4. Iraq
5. Kuwait
6. Libya
7. Malaysia
8. Maldives
9. Morocco
10. Somalia
11. Tunisia
12. United Arab Emirates

Nations that include some level of Sharia (lenient sentences for honour killings, ban on new churches, floggings, etc):

1. Indonesia (Flogging, Caning; Sharia applied strictly in Aceh province)
2. Turkey (Restrictions on alcohol)
3. Brunei (Caning, Alcohol is illegal)
4. Jordan (2 years or less for honour killings)
5. Eritrea (Girls as young as 8 can be married, spousal rape is not recognized)
6. Syria (1 year or less for honour killings)
7. Djibouti (Sharia law regarding divorce)
8. Chechnya (Modest dress enforced, Alcohol and gambling suppressed by local authorities)
9. Niger (girls can be married off before they reach puberty)
10. Nigeria (Sharia is enforced in the northern states)
11. Kenya (Ad Hoc Sharia enforced in the east near the border with Somalia)
12. Gambia (Sharia courts decide all family matters, including for non-Muslims)
13. Qatar (public consumption is illegal during Ramadan, Alcohol heavily restricted, blood money acceptable punishment for murder, "kafala" law which is also shared by all Gulf states but Bahrain is technically slavery)
14. Uganda (Kadhi Courts overseeing family and civil matters)

Most "Western" nations also have parallel Sharia legal systems (for example in Canada polygamy is widely practiced and authorities look the other way, Imams refusing to condemn or work to stop it). Sharia finance is also practiced in many nations around the world. Many other Islamic nations that do not apply Sharia (such as Azerbaijan, Albania, Bosnia, Uzbekistan, and Tajikstan) have large portions of their population who do want it applied or who actively seek to abide by it extra-legally.

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