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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Race Issues 1b: Christendom's Thoughts On The Curse of Ham Extending Into Antiquity

There was a time when blacks were generally called Ethiopians
In my last post on this topic, I covered the thoughts of Catholics in the last 200 years in regards to the Curse of Ham.  I highlighted a religious sister, a priest, a bishop, a pope, and a mystic.
  
These views, liberals correctly assert, were utilized by the Trans-Atlantic slave trade (powered by Jewish and Islamic forces, might I add) to enslave black people from Africa.

Liberals are quick to settle this matter.  That is how the Left handles this kind of a negative issue.  They simply decide to deny the Curse of Ham--just as feminists relish their denial of the Curse of Eve.  Pretending that it never really happened and delegitimizing the narrative is the modus operandi of the Left.

Yet, if this matter is settled, and the idea of blacks descending from a cursed line of Ham is satisfactorily repudiated, then why are there so many books on Amazon.com vying to discredit the Ham Curse?  

The reason why is because the Curse of Ham not only explains the origin of black people, but it also tacks on the idea that these people are destined to be slaves.

The Left cannot stand this dilemma--even though the Catholics have solved it by decrying slavery as a sin.  Yes, the Catholics have the solution for the angst of black people and liberals--and that solution is that slaves should not be kept.  As a matter of fact, it is a corporal work of mercy to ransom a captive.  The slave problem is answered by the most merciful institution on the face of the Earth instituted by Jesus Christ: the Catholic Church.

Nevertheless, leftists and cuckservatives do their best to disqualify this narrative, using whatever perceived contradictions they can find within the religious literature.  Such people will construct a careful Biblical exegesis, going to great pains to attribute plain statements in Scriptures to mean something symbolic or spiritual. And yet, very often, such leftist Diversitykult writers by all appearances don't seem to even believe in the Biblical narrative, as they typically hold up the Bible as a myth.

My primary interest in this series is not to justify the slavery of black people.  I want to explain them.  We should study the Ham Curse, not because we should be finding a way to justifiably treat blacks like garbage, but to have a keener idea of the origin of different men and races.  
That is my purpose here.

And throughout history, we can see that there has been a consistent belief in the idea that Ham was the progenitor of the black races.

Christendom's Belief In the Ham Curse

Let us go back to the time of the Crusades and work back from there.

Bar Hebraeus, Syrian Christian scholar (mid-1200s):
“‘And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and showed [it] to his two brothers.’ That is…that Canaan was cursed and not Ham, and with the very curse he became black and the blackness was transmitted to his descendants…. And he said, ‘Cursed be Canaan! A servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.’"
Ibn al-Tayyib, Arabic Christian scholar, Baghdad (died 1043AD):
“The curse of Noah affected the posterity of Canaan who were killed by Joshua son of Nun. At the moment of the curse, Canaan’s body became black and the blackness spread out among them.”
Ishodad of Merv, Syrian Christian bishop of Hedhatha (9th century):
“instantly, by the force of the curse… his face and entire body became black. This is the black color which has persisted in his descendants.”
Eutychius, Alexandrian Melkite patriarch (mid-900s AD):
“Cursed be Ham and may he be a servant to his brothers… He himself and his descendants, who are the Egyptians, the Negroes, the Ethiopians and (it is said) the Barbari.”
Cave of Treasures, Eastern Christian, often attributed to St. Ephrem (4th Century):
"When Noah awoke…he cursed him and said: "Cursed be Ham and may he be slave to his brothers" … and he became a slave, he and his lineage, namely the Egyptians, the Abyssinians, and the Indians. Indeed, Ham lost all sense of shame and he became black and was called shameless all the days of his life, forever."
St. Ephraem the Syrian (ca. 306 – 373):
"When Noah awoke and was told what Canaan did. . .Noah said, ‘Cursed be Canaan and may God make his face black,’ and immediately the face of Canaan changed; so did of his father Ham, and their white faces became black and dark and their color changed.”
Saint Jerome (347-420AD):
"Chus in Hebrew means Ethiopian, that is, black and dark, one who has a soul as black as his body.” 
Also Saint Jerome, but from his work, Against Jovinianus, Book II:
"You must either say that the sons of Noah and Noah for whose sake they were delivered were of unequal merit, or you must place the accursed Ham in the same rank as his father because he was delivered with him from the flood." 
Origen (c. 185-c. 254), from Homilies on Genesis 16:1:
"For the Egyptians are prone to a degenerate life and quickly sink to every slavery of the vices. Look at the origin of the race and you will discover that their father Cham, who had laughed at his father’s nakedness, deserved a judgment of this kind, that his son Chanaan should be a servant to his brothers, in which case the condition of bondage would prove the wickedness of his conduct. Not without merit, therefore, does the discolored posterity imitate the ignobility of the race." 
Early Church Fathers: "There's More To This Story"

In yesterday's post about this topic, I rhetorically asked some questions.  

Is there nothing more to the Ham Curse than what the Bible has to say about it?  Are Holy Scriptures the be-all-end-all authority on what happened that day between Noah and his progeny?  Could more be happening than what is reported in the Bible?

Early Church fathers and others thought so.  The early Christians believed that Ham's descendants inherited either all or a part of the Curse of Ham.  

Take, for example, Justin Martyr (d. 165).  This Christian apologist infers that the curse actually originated with Ham and trickled down to his descendants:
"The spirit of prophecy would not curse the son that had been by God blessed along with [his brothers]. But since the punishment of the sin would cleave to the whole descent of the son that mocked at his father's nakedness, he made the curse originate with his son."
Pachomious (d. 346), the founder of Christian cenobitic monasticism, presupposes that Ham was cursed alongside his descendants.  And so, we are allowed to conclude that it is more than just Canaan who is cursed.  

Ambrose (d. 397), bishop of Milan, concluded the same thing as Justin Martyr did, sourcing the curse to Ham, not just Canaan:  
"he who mocked [Noah] for being naked, himself remained bound by the reproach of everlasting shame."
And to throw the entire Ham Curse narrative for a loop, there is this: Marque, foremost scholar among the Samaritans of his time (4th century) stated the following:
 "When Kush saw the nakedness of his father, he was cursed and he wore darkness--he and all his descendants forever." 
Poor Cush.  So now we're pulling him into this family squabble.

Indeed, world-famous Josephus--influential, albeit not a Christian--stated that it was not only Canaan who was cursed, but all of Ham's progeny, and that the curse particularly stuck to the Canaanites.

According to David Goldberg--who has done more research on this very specific topic than anyone that you will find--is unsuprised by Josephus' conclusion: 
Exegetes who understood that Ham was cursed assumed that all of Ham's descendants inherited the curse--that is, Egypt, Kush, Put, and Canaan, and not just the line of Canaan as the Bible would have it.  Indeed, this notion is common in patristic and rabbinic literature, especially in regard to Egypt.
The early Church Fathers agreed that there was more to the story of the Curse of Ham.  Who knows what additional sources could be cited in this cursory study, had the Library of Alexandria not been burned to the ground by invading Muslims.

The Curse's Notoriety Before Jesus Christ

First, I will bring up the pre-Christian source.  That is, the now-internet-famous Book of Enoch.  And specifically, I am referring to 1 Enoch, Chapters 85 - 90, which are called "The Animal Apocalypse," which Goldberg adequately describes:
The Animal Apocalypse was so named because it recounts biblical history from Adam onward, only substituting various animals for biblical characters or groups, a sort of ancient Animal Farm, to use Bryan's apt analogy to George Orwell's novel.  The relevant text reads as follows:
"The white bull which had become a man came out of the vessel and the three bulls with him, and one of those three bulls was white like that bull, and one of them was red as blood, and one black."
The white bull that came out of the vessel (i.e., the ark) is Noah and the three bulls with him are Shem, Ham, and Japeth.  Matthew Black and Siegbert Uhlig believe that the author means to describe the different skin colors of the three races that populated the world after the flood.  They think that, although elsewhere in the Animal Apocalypse colors of animals are meant symbolically, in this instance they realistically indicate skin color: the Semites are white, the Japhetites red, and the Hamites black.
Even before we read the description of Noah's sons in "The Animal Apocalypse" of Enoch, we learn that Cain is also depicted as black--just as Venerable Catherine Anne Emmerich testified from her vision, which I discussed in yesterday's post.

The Book of Enoch is a 2nd Century BC pre-Christian book that most Christians were familiar with, as it was extremely influential:
It influenced not only later Jewish apocrypha, but has left its imprint on the New Testament and the works of the early Fathers. The canonical Epistle of St. Jude, in verses 14, 15, explicitly quotes from the Book of Henoch; the citation is found in the Ethiopic version in verses 9 and 4 of the first chapter. There are probable traces of the Henoch literature in other portions of the New Testament.
Passing to the patristic writers, the Book of Henoch enjoyed a high esteem among them, mainly owing to the quotation in Jude. The so-called Epistle of Barnabas twice cites Henoch as Scripture. Clement of Alexandria, Tertullian, Origen, and even St. Augustine suppose the work to be a genuine one of the patriarch. But in the fourth century the Henoch writings lost credit and ceased to be quoted. After an allusion by an author of the beginning of the ninth century, they disappear from view.
Due to its celebrity in antiquity, no less by the Savior Himself, the work remains relevant in such a discussion as this.

The Curse's Notoriety During Christ's Life

And now it comes down to it.  How can we forget, particularly during the Christmas octave, about The Three Wise Men?  How could it be forgotten that the Three Magi--travelling from far away countries to visit the infant Christ Child--represented the three tribes of men who stemmed from Noah?

The Three Wise Men--Caspar, Malchior, and Balthazar--in coming to see the Savior of mankind, serve as a sort of type.  In them, we see the divided Gentiles who were separated in the beginning after the Flood.  They come together once more as the representatives of all of us.  And it was Jesus Christ who was capable of achieving such a reunion.

Among them, according to legend, is an Ethiopian.  This magi, it is said, is presaged in the 67th Psalm: 
Ambassadors shall come out of Egypt: Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God.  Sing to God, ye kingdoms of the earth: sing ye to the Lord: Sing ye to God, who mounteth above the heaven of heavens, to the east. Behold he will give to his voice the voice of power: Give ye glory to God for Israel, his magnificence, and his power is in the clouds.
And so, the coming together of the Magi was a significant event.  Their reunion gave us all a Christmastime glimmer of a world of men who share the same blood and who are all siblings in the same, single family under Adam and Eve, our first parents.  

As E. Michael Jones would say, the Magi had the wisdom to look at the heavens.  When they saw a Logos in the stars, they conformed their lives to that order.  They had the courage to follow that star to Bethlehem.  They had the intellect, and then the will, to follow the Logos in the sky to the Logos Incarnate.  And when tempted and instructed by Herod to turn in the Savior of Mankind, they refused to cooperate with him, and they turned to go home on a different path.

One day, either in this life or the next, this miracle among the tribes of men will manifest itself once more.  When that day comes, after men have drunken enough of their own blood and when the world tires of being lashed by the whip of punishing angels, men will be brought together one last time before the End.

But until that time, as Lloyd Thompson once said:
"We depend almost entirely on the surviving remarks of a few long-dead people, none of which remarks was made in response to any carefully-worded question put to them by us."  




4 comments:

  1. Ever hear about the mummy found in China a few years ago?
    The body inside the wrap had DNA of European men.
    I think there is a lot we don't know from the ancient world.
    Why are there pyramids in China,Africa,Wisconsin,etc..Why and how are white corpses found in China?
    Where do the White Yazzidi people in the Arab World and White Berber tribe in Egypt fit into this puzzle?
    If anyone has answers please let us know.

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  2. You mention the curse of Eve in this article.
    Ironic given that there will be over 200,000 college educated single childless women marching in Washington DC Saturday.
    Meanwhile males are dropping out of high school at astronomical rates,comprise just 20% of college students,and are committing suicide at levels unseen since the Dark Ages.
    Its now very common for Western women to be lesbian or bisexual and are going to be running the world in 10 years or less.
    The curse of Eve is non existent nowadays.

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    1. Oh, I assure you it is still there! So much so, that pretending it isn't there is destroying Western Civilization.

      When men fail to be men, and women fail to be women, you get anarchy.

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    2. Women are unified,marching,taking over academia and soon to be taking over the business world based on pure honest statistics.They have no use or need for Men anymore including sex and relationships as they love each other.
      The curse is on men and what's ironic is we never stopped liking women.
      Sad times we are living in and there is nothing on the horizon to give just a faint glimmer of hope.

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