Unauthorized Biography

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

 Unauthorized Biography

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This chapter reviews the history of biblical interpretation with regard to Nimrod (Ham's grandson through Cush), who is described in Genesis 10:6–12 as “a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The roots of Nimrod's traditional association with the Tower of Babel are explored, as is the evolution of Nimrod's personification of the more aggressive and rebellious dimensions of the Hamitic curse. The beginning of Nimrod's explicit racialization is located in the work of nineteenth‐century author Alexander Hislop.

Keywords: Cush; Ham; Hamite Rebellion; Hislop; Nimrod; Tower of Babel

Chapter.  9576 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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