By Stephen R. Haynes
"A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren." So reads Noah's curse on his son Ham, and all his descendants, in Genesis 9:25. Over centuries of interpretation, Ham got here to be pointed out because the ancestor of black Africans, and Noah's curse to be visible as biblical justification for American slavery and segregation. interpreting the heritage of the yankee interpretation of Noah's curse, this ebook starts with an summary of the earlier historical past of the reception of this scripture after which turns to the detailed and artistic ways that the curse was once appropriated by way of American pro-slavery and pro-segregation interpreters.
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There is no evidence that Americans or South Africans who have advanced these racial readings of the Bible have done so in dependence upon one other or on a common source. Although this does not exclude the possibility of mutual influence, it is an indication of the curious power exercised by certain scriptural texts over those seeking warrants for racial separation or superiority. I CHARACTERS IN THE POSTDILUVIAN DRAMA 2 A Black Sheep in the (Second) First Family The Legend of Noah and His Sons Noah, a man of the soil, was the first to plant a vineyard.
Apart from the reckless arrogance that is evident in their desire to make a name for themselves, the deliberate concentration on one spot was in conflict with God’s command to replenish the earth (Gn. 65 Following a disquisition on the psychic and spiritual significance of human language (a discussion that recalls nineteenth-century romantic nationalism), the authors restate their contention that Genesis 11 communicates both “man’s attempt to establish a (forced) unity of the human race .
In 1986, Thom Robb, national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, applied the causal link between race mixing and apocalypse to America’s near future: The Bible talks about the return of Christ. . ” And in the 18 days of Noah there was massive race mixing. Most churches teach that Noah was a righteous man and this is why he was preserved. ” The word “generations” means race. 61 Thus, just as did ancient Bible readers, contemporary interpreters of the Deluge seek textual clues wherever they can be found.
Noah's Curse : The Biblical Justification of American Slavery (Religion in America Series) by Stephen R. Haynes