Biblical figure, Son of Noah, Ancestor of Abraham
According to the Bible, Shem is one of the sons of Noah. His name means "name" or "famous name". He is said to have populated parts of Asia. He had five sons, Elam, Asshur, Arpachshad, Lud, and Aram. The children of these sons lived in Elam, Assyria, Asia, Lydia, and Syria respectively.