Madai (Hebrew: מָדַי, ; Greek: Μηδος, ) is a son of Japheth and one of the 16 grandsons of Noah in the Book of Genesis of the Hebrew Bible. Biblical scholars have identified Madai with various nations, from the Mitanni of early records, to the Iranian Medes of much later records. The Medes, reckoned to be his offspring by Josephus and most subsequent writers, were also known as Madai, including in both Assyrian and Hebrew sources. The Kurds still maintain traditions of descent from Madai.

According to the Book of Jubilees (10:35-36), Madai had married a daughter of Shem, and preferred to live among Shem's descendants, rather than dwell in Japheth's allotted inheritance beyond the Black Sea; so he begged his brothers-in-law, Elam, Asshur and Arphaxad, until he finally received from them the land that was named after him, Media.

Another line in Jubilees (8:5) states that a daughter of Madai named Melka married Cainan, who is an ancestor of Abraham also mentioned in older versions of Genesis.

Medos (Μηδος), and his mother Medea, were also reckoned to be the ancestors of the Medes in classical Greek mythical history.

Madai is also the name of the deified ancestor of the Kachin, according to the indigenous Kachin religion. The Kachin are a people of Myanmar and neighboring areas speaking a Sino-Tibetan language.

Descendants of Noah in Genesis 10
Shem and Semitic
  • Elam
  • Ashur
  • Arpachshad
  • Lud
  • Aram
Ham and Hamitic
  • Cush
  • Mizraim
  • Phut
  • Canaan
Japheth and Japhetic
  • Gomer
  • Magog
  • Madai
  • Javan
  • Tubal
  • Meshech
  • Tiras

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