Chapter

Beyond Slavery, Beyond Race

Stephen R. Haynes

in Noah's Curse

Published in print April 2002 | ISBN: 9780195142792
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834280 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195142799.003.0009

Series: Religion in America

 Beyond Slavery, Beyond Race

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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

Chapter.  6766 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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