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Ham (son of Noah)
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The Curse of Ham: How Bad Scripture Interpretation Inspired Genocide
Multi-Verse Retrieval x. Use SBL Abbrev. En dash not Hyphen. Let's Connect x. Subscribe to our Newsletter. Daily Devotionals x. Daily Bible Reading Plans x. Recently Popular Pages x. Spurgeon's Morning and Evening O. Recently Popular Media x. After Noah uncovered himself in his drunken state, Ham saw his father and told his two brothers. And Ham the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, and told his brothers outside. But Shem and Japeth took a garment, and laid it on both their shoulders, and went backward and covered the nakedness of their father.
Their faces were turned away, and they did not see their father's nakedness Genesis , Ham looked upon his father's nakedness but Shem and Japeth did not. Instead they covered it. Noah awoke from his drunkenness, realized what Ham had done and then proceeded to curse Canaan. Then he said: Cursed be Canaan a servant of servants he shall be to his brethren. May God enlarge Japeth, and may he dwell in the tents of Shem and may Canaan by his servant Genesis Several questions arise.
Why did Noah curse Canaan? Was not Ham the one that committed the sin? Furthermore, what was the sin of Ham that caused Noah to curse the descendants of Ham? Why was the punishment so severe? Sin Of Ham Many explanations have been offered as to the exact nature of the sin of Ham, and the harsh punishment that was placed upon Canaan.
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The event may give only a brief outline of a more sinister episode. Castration Some argue that Ham castrated Noah-which showed why Noah had no other sons. This crime would, of course, warrant the punishment. Incest Others believe it was a case of incest. Ham slept with his own mother thus uncovering his father's nakedness. Canaan, it is argued was the offspring of that union. Activity Still others contend that there was some activity between Ham and Noah. However the Hebrew makes it clear that Noah uncovered himself and that Ham saw that nakedness that was uncovered.
Ham did not cover him up but rather made fun of him. Many commentators have had problems with the punishment being so severe if simple ridicule is in involved. Shameful Act In the ancient world merely seeing one's father naked was a highly offensive act. The father's position as moral and spiritual head would be held in disrepute and the family unit would suffer as a result of this.
And Canaan saw the land of Lebanon to the river of Egypt, that it was very good, and he went not into the land of his inheritance to the west that is to the sea, and he dwelt in the land of Lebanon, eastward and westward from the border of Jordan and from the border of the sea. And Ham, his father, and Cush and Mizraim his brothers said unto him: 'Thou hast settled in a land which is not thine, and which did not fall to us by lot: do not do so; for if thou dost do so, thou and thy sons will fall in the land and be accursed through sedition; for by sedition ye have settled, and by sedition will thy children fall, and thou shalt be rooted out for ever.
Dwell not in the dwelling of Shem; for to Shem and to his sons did it come by their lot. Cursed art thou, and cursed shalt thou be beyond all the sons of Noah, by the curse by which we bound ourselves by an oath in the presence of the holy judge, and in the presence of Noah our father. And for this reason that land is named Canaan.
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In the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint s book of Abraham , when it relates the conditions of the Egyptian government, it says in verse 27 of Chapter A tomb in Pind Dadan Khan , Pakistan has been claimed by local residents to be the site of Ham's burial since , when Hafiz Sham-us-Din of Gulyana, Gujrat claimed Ham had revealed this to him in a dream.
A plaque on the tomb since erected over the 78 foot long grave site states that Ham, locally revered as a prophet, was buried there after living years.
Nations of Ham
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Biblical figure, son of Noah.
Main article: Curse of Ham. Myers, Astrid B. Beck, Eerdmans dictionary of the Bible , Wm. Eerdmans Publishing: , p. Porter, Craig A. Princeton University Press. Bryn Mawr Classical Review. Retrieved Through a very thorough, often highly technical linguistic analysis, G[oldenberg] administers a telling blow to traditional derivations of the name Ham from a semantic field of heat, darkness, or blackness, and demonstrates that these all turn on a misunderstanding of ancient Hebrew linguistics that can be traced back to no earlier than the first century.
Contrary to the assumptions of Islamic, Christian, and Jewish exegesis, G[oldenberg] argues persuasively that the biblical name Ham bears no relationship at all to the notion of blackness and as of now is of unknown etymology. Bassett, "Noah's nakedness and the curse of Canaan: A case of incest? Descendants of Noah in Genesis Elam Ashur Arpachshad Lud Aram. Cush Mizraim Phut Canaan. Noah's Ark.