By Goldenberg, David M.; (Biblical figure) Ham; (Biblical figure) Ham, Biblical figure. Ham
How outdated is prejudice opposed to black humans? have been the racist attitudes that fueled the Atlantic slave exchange firmly in position seven-hundred years ahead of the eu discovery of sub-Saharan Africa? during this groundbreaking ebook, David Goldenberg seeks to find how dark-skinned peoples, particularly black Africans, have been portrayed within the Bible and through those that interpreted the Bible--Jews, Christians, and Muslims. unheard of in rigor and breadth, his research covers a 1,500-year interval, from historic Israel (around 800 B.C.E.) to the 8th century C.E., after the start of Islam. by means of tracing the improvement of anti-Black sentiment in this time, Goldenberg uncovers perspectives approximately race, colour, and slavery that took form over the centuries--most centrally, the idea that the biblical Ham and his descendants, the black Africans, were cursed by way of God with everlasting slavery.
Goldenberg starts off through reading a number of references to black Africans in biblical and postbiblical Jewish literature. From there he strikes the inquiry from Black as an ethnic team to black as colour, and early Jewish attitudes towards darkish dermis colour. He is going directly to ask while the black African first turned pointed out as slave within the close to East, and, in a strong end result, discusses the resounding impact of this identity on Jewish, Christian, and Islamic pondering, noting each one tradition's exegetical therapy of pertinent biblical passages.
Authoritative, fluidly written, and located at a richly illuminating nexus of pictures, attitudes, and heritage, The Curse of Ham is bound to have a profound and lasting impression at the perennial debate over the roots of racism and slavery, and at the learn of early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.