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Were all the descendants of Ham cursed?

In Curse of Canaan on December 24, 2011 at 8:00 am

It is an error, quite common, among the apologists for slavery to say that all the descendants of Ham were cursed.  The only evidence in the case is the record; and the following words are a copy of the record:   “And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father, told his two brethren without.   And Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son done unto him, and he said,’ Cursed be Canaan; a of servants shall he be unto his brethren.'”  Ham was not Noah’s younger son.   Ham’s name is not mentioned in the curse.  In four recitals of the names of the sons of Noah the order in which they are named is Shem, Ham, and Japheth.   In one place their names are given in the reversed order, Japheth, Ham, and Shem.   The inference is, that Ham was neither the oldest nor the youngest.   Ham had four sons —Cush, Misraim, Phut, and Canaan,   Only one of these names is mentioned in the curse.   Noah awoke from his wine, and knew what his younger son had done unto him; and he said, “Cursed be Canaan.”  We have seen that Ham was not the youngest.   We infer from the catalogue of Ham’s sons, and from the mention of Canaan’s name in the curse, that Canaan was the younger son to whom Noah refers.   As Canaan’s name is singled out, and as he is doubtless the youngest of Ham’s children, being mentioned last;  and as neither Cush nor Misraim nor Phut is mentioned in connection with the misconduct of Ham, nor in connection with the curse of Canaan;  and as even Ham himself is not mentioned in the curse –it is impossible to conceive that Noah’s curse was intended to rest on all Ham’s posterity.

Canaan was the guilty one whom the patriarch selected as the object of his disfavor.  And when Noah became sober again, and was informed how shamelessly this younger member of the family had acted, he said, cursed bewhoCursed be, –not Ham, nor Cush, nor Phut, but Canaan.

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