Arrangement 1: Japheth


A substemma of 17 roundels in three generations with one wife (Ruth). Dimensions: 3 wide by 9 tall. Liber Genealogus counterpart: section 08.

Family of Japheth

From left: Roda, Morgan, Plutei, San Juan de la Pena Bible.

Reconstructed Family of Japheth


This is the leftmost of the major sub-stemmata in the Great Stemma. Unexpectedly, the Liber Genealogus waits to address it until after the clans of Shem and Ham have been explored. It is likely the Liber Genealogus author adopted this order simply because his tendency was to use the filum as a first line of orientation when scanning the material. Only Shem of this trio is connected to the filum, so the traverse begins with him. The traverse is illustrated in the apparatus on Ham.

The versions in the Plutei Manuscript and the San Juan de la Pena Bible (third and fourth from left) above have suffered attrition, leaving only Japheth, his wife Ruth and his eight sons, but no grandsons. This is the hallmark of the Phi hyparchetype.

The version in the Codex of Roda (left) is both simple and complete and is likely to come closest to whatever the chart presented in the original format. Second from left is the Morgan Beatus format, with connectors to callouts, which claim the sons were ancestors of different world ethnicities.

The reconstruction above draws mainly on the Roda layout and occupies all nine available rows. Ruth is moved to row 2 and attached to her husband by a serpentine line, the oblique pattern which appears general for wives in the chart.

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