Chapter

Redeeming 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/10.1093/0195142799.003.0011

Series: Religion in America

 Redeeming the Curse

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This chapter seeks a cure for the curse, a way of interpreting the story of Noah and his sons that precludes the denigration of “Hamites” or the groups with whom readers wish to associate them. Clues for a redemptive reading of Noah's curse are sought in the Hebrew canon and in the mimetic theory of literary critic René Girard, which elucidates both the scapegoating mechanism at work in Noah's family and the relationship of Genesis 9 to animal sacrifice.

Keywords: Girard; Hamites; mimetic theory; sacrifice; scapegoating mechanism

Chapter.  9197 words. 

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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