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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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Beyond Slavery, Beyond Race

Beyond Slavery, Beyond Race

Noah's Camera in the Twentieth Century

(p.161) 9 Beyond Slavery, Beyond Race
Noah's Curse

Stephen R. Haynes (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter traces the way Noah's curse has been interpreted by Christians seeking to establish the relevance of Genesis 9–11 in a post‐Civil Rights age. While race steadily receded into the background of American commentary on Genesis 9–11 during the twentieth century, Bible readers continued to commend Noah's prophecy as a “remarkable unfolding of the future destinies of the new humanity.” As such, the passage was read as a delineation of the character and destiny of the great human “types” stemming from Shem, Japheth, and Ham. Attention is also given to the way the biblical tale of the Tower of Babel came to function as an explanation for the origins of human difference.

Keywords:   Bible, Ham, Japheth, Noah's prophecy, Semites, Tower of Babel

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