A Black Sheep in the (Second) First Family

Stephen R. Haynes

in Noah's Curse

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195142792
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834280 | DOI:

Series: Religion in America

 A Black Sheep in the (Second) First Family

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This chapter traces Genesis 9's history of interpretation from the formative periods of Judaism and Christianity through the twentieth century in order to establish a context for recognizing the distinctive features in American versions of Noah's curse. Reviewing this history of interpretation illumines the parameters of an orthodox interpretive paradigm that emerged in rabbinic and patristic commentary and which has governed the interpretation of Genesis 9:20–27 since Jews and Christians began to read and comment on this Bible story. According to this orthodox paradigm, Ham the villain is contrasted with his righteous brothers Shem and Japheth.

Keywords: Bible; Christianity; commentary; Genesis; Ham; Japheth; Judaism; patristic; rabbinic; Shem

Chapter.  8565 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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