Less Average People

The nations of Genesis 10 have been used as an origin of the "races" proof text and has been very controversial. It has been widely accepted in Christianity that Noah's sons "Japheth is the father of the Caucasian "race", Shem of the Mongoloid race, and Ham of the Negroid race. Some have interpreted Noah's prophecies of his sons in Genesis 9 to be the Scriptural basis for discrimination of one "race" against another. Particularly, the supposed curse on Ham's son, Canaan, was purported to be Biblical support for Negro slavery." "...the majority of European artists and Bible commentators painted and described all biblical characters, including God, as white. This had the effect of excluding blacks from being a part of Scripture and has led some people of color to question the Bible’s relevance to them." "...according to some scholars, there are no black people mentioned." Don't trust another man to tell your story!

I believe that the Bible and about ninety percent of it's Old Testament people mentioned were predominantly black. The best evidence of this is the Bible itself. Here are some of the adjectives and proper names the Bible uses:

Cush (Ham's son) = "black" in Hebrew. (Cushi or cushim means black skinned people)
Mizraim or Egypt in English was Ham's son. The ancient name for Egypt is Kemet and means "black land".
Ethiopia (Jeremiah 13:23) = "burned face" in Greek.
Kedar (Genesis 25:13) = blackness, swarthy, very black, dark skinned.
Niger (Acts 13:1) = black in Latin.
Phinehas (Moses' great nephew - Judges 20:28) = the Nubian (black).
Song of Solomon 1:5 (King James Version); "I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon."
Hebrew which is equated to "Canaanite" by today's definition is a Semitic language of the Afro-Asiatic language family.
If Ham's sons were different "races" (or subgroups) in one family, as some believe, that would be a pretty drastic and peculiar thing for the Bible not to even hint to; also like Israel, nations spun off of large families. They were not "melting pots" like America; and names back then were descriptive and had meaning.
Although this subject is a non essential for life in Christ, nevertheless it should not be suppressed.



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