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The Curse of Ham in the Early Modern Era


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Contents: Preface; The Bible and slavery; The sons of Noah and the estates of Man; Gods, giants, and kings; Losing Canaan: early modern exegesis of Genesis 9; This heavy curse: popularizing the Curse of Ham; Cursed be Ham the Father of Canaan: from myth to reality; The self-interpreting Bible; Bibliography; Index

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David M. Whitford, United Theological Seminary, USA


'...very interesting and finely researched...Recommended.' Choice 'Displaying much erudition, the author has exhaustively revealed new details from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries about the emergence and diffusion of the Curse.' Catholic Historical Review 'David M. Whitford's outstanding exegetical and intellectual history completes the scholarly picture of the origins and uses of Genesis 9 to justify slavery... Whitford displays tremendous learning and scholarship as well as good judgement in uncovering the twisted history of this biblical myth and the eventual cobbling together of the "Frankenstein creation" of Ham as a black African slave.' American Historical Review 'This topic's resonance with contemporary issues of social justice, racism, and the role of scholarship in effecting justice makes this a valuable book for not only scholars of the early modern period, but also for those who study American religious history.' Sixteenth Century Journal 'Whitford's important study is a masterful work of intellectual history and historical exegesis that follows Noah's curse through centuries of interpretation and development.' Lutheran Quarterly

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