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Noah's CurseThe Biblical Justification of American Slavery$
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Stephen R. Haynes

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195142799.001.0001

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Redeeming the Curse

Redeeming the Curse

Ham as Victim

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Noah's Curse

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This chapter seeks a cure for the curse, a way of interpreting the story of Noah and his sons that precludes the denigration of “Hamites” or the groups with whom readers wish to associate them. Clues for a redemptive reading of Noah's curse are sought in the Hebrew canon and in the mimetic theory of literary critic René Girard, which elucidates both the scapegoating mechanism at work in Noah's family and the relationship of Genesis 9 to animal sacrifice.

Keywords:   Girard, Hamites, mimetic theory, sacrifice, scapegoating mechanism

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