Noah's Curse: The Biblical Justification of American Slavery

Oxford University Press, 2002 - 322 pàgines
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 came to be identified as the ancestor of black Africans, and Noah's curse to be seen as the biblical justification for American slavery and segregation. In this book, Stephen Haynes examines the history of the American interpretation of Noah's curse. He begins with an overview of the prior history of the reception of this scripture and then turns to the distinctive and creative ways in which the curse was appropriated by American pro-slavery and pro-segregation interpreters. He argues that the story of Noah's curse was compelling for antebellum white Southerners because it resonated with the themes of antiquity, domesticity, race, and sin.

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Although it reads like a revised dissertation (which it may perhaps be), the initial chapters offer a useful overview of the employment of Biblical mythology to support and sustain American racism ... Llegeix la ressenya completa

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The author details the history of biblical justification of slavery, using the curse of Ham, laid on him by his father, Noah. The book is scholarly and gets a bit dense at times, but if a person is willing to be persistent, there is a lot there. Llegeix la ressenya completa

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Sobre l'autor (2002)

Stephen R. Haynes is Professor of Religious Studies at Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee. He is the author of "The Bonhoeffer Phenomenon: Portraits of a Protestant Saint" and "The Bonhoeffer Legacy: Post-Holocaust Perspectives".

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