Chapter

Challenging the Curse

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/10.1093/0195142799.003.0010

Series: Religion in America

 Challenging the Curse

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This chapter explores readings of Genesis 9 that run counter to the orthodox interpretive paradigm. These counterreadings are identified in the commentary of rabbis and church fathers, the tracts of abolitionists, and the work of historical critics of the Bible and authors of fiction and poetry. These Bible readers have challenged Noah's curse by clarifying the historical context of Genesis 9, by denying its putative racial dimensions, by employing logic and the rules of biblical exegesis, and by undermining textual assumptions through creative rereading.

Keywords: abolitionists; church fathers; counterreadings; exegesis; Genesis; historical criticism; rabbis

Chapter.  11859 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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