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The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam

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How old is prejudice against black people? Were the racist attitudes that fueled the Atlantic slave trade firmly in place 700 years before the European discovery of sub-Saharan Africa? In this groundbreaking book, David Goldenberg seeks to discover how dark-skinned peoples, especially black Africans, were portrayed in the Bible and by those who interpreted the Bible--Jews, ...more
Paperback, 472 pages
Published August 7th 2005 by Princeton University Press (first published October 13th 2003)
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Elizabeth
Oct 01, 2009 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing
This is a very good work of scholarship. The title of the book comes from the story of Ham, who saw his father Noah naked. When Noah awoke, he cursed Ham's son Canaan: "Cursed be Canaan, a slave of slaves shall he be to his brothers" (Gen 6.25). Goldenberg sets the stage by noting the use made of this and other biblical stories (specifically from the Hebrew bible, what Christians call the Old Testament) in justifying racism and slavery.

He begins his scholarly analysis by going back and looking
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Excellent book, the book is one of a kind. Deals with the race issue from the sources of the three Abrahamic religions. Read the couple at least 3 times and still find its depth and extensive biography fascinating.
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