Jan Purser, Kathy Snowball's Noah's Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery PDF

By Jan Purser, Kathy Snowball

ISBN-10: 1865089699

ISBN-13: 9781865089690

A servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren. So reads Noah's curse on his son Ham, and all his descendants, in Genesis 9:25. Over centuries of interpretation, Ham got here to be pointed out because the ancestor of black Africans, and Noah's curse to be noticeable as biblical justification for American slavery and segregation. reading the historical past of the yank interpretation of Noah's curse, this e-book starts with an outline of the earlier historical past of the reception of this scripture after which turns to the detailed and inventive ways that the curse used to be appropriated via American pro-slavery and pro-segregation interpreters.

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68 Yet with increasing European involvement in the African slave trade came a growing interest in Noah’s curse as an explanation for racial slavery. In his Chronicle of the Discovery and Conquest of Guinea (1441–48), Portuguese scholar Gomes Eanes de Azurara invoked Genesis 9 to justify the enslavement of Africans. According to Azurara, the servitude of non-Muslim “Moors” resulted from the curse, “which, after the Deluge, Noah laid upon his son Cain [sic], cursing him in this way:—that his race should be subject to all the other races of the world.

On the other hand, while denying that Ham invented magic (it was “the Angels enamored of sex who taught it to men”), Bayle does hold him responsible for preserving it through the Deluge. Bayle also considers it likely that Ham settled in Egypt and was posthumously worshiped there as Jupiter Hammon. Thus, although the Frenchman regarded Noah’s “curse” as nothing more than a prophecy of Hebrew victories under Joshua and dismissed the notion that Ham became black as “a chimerical tale,” his dictionary gave wide circulation to some of the more pernicious strands of European anti-Hamitism.

15 Other Jewish contributions to Nimrod’s unauthorized biography concern his relationship to the Hebrew patriarchs, particularly Abram. These include the legend that Abram’s father, Terah, commanded Nimrod’s armies and that Nimrod’s astrologers witnessed a comet at Abram’s birth. According to this tradition, the wise men whispered to each other that Terah’s son would be a mighty emperor, his descendants inheriting the earth and dethroning kings. Upon learning of this, Nimrod attempted to buy Abram, but Terah outsmarted the king by selling him the son of a slave woman.

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