Ham and Babylon (Gen 9-11)
What was Ham’s sin (Gen 9:22)?
Gen 922 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his
father’s nakedness and told his two brothers
What does ‘uncover someone’s nakedness’
mean (Lev 18)?
Have sexual relations with.
Rabbis- incestuous homosexual relationship
Problems with this interpretation?
Breach of 5th commandment: honor parents
Lack of respect- calls brothers in to see
The Bible blurs what was involved,
probably deliberately. Why?
Not good to dwell on sin in relation to Noah
Even this allusion enough to shock hearers
Ku Klux Klan and the Curse of
Klan- descendants of Ham = cursed
Gen 106 The sons of Ham: Cush, Mizraim,
Put and Canaan.
Africans are the descendants of Ham
Racial bigotry against blacks cannot be
supported by this verse.
Remaining problem of 9:25?
Why is the son cursed for the sins of the
I. Justify passing from father to son.
II. Textual error- Ham, not Canaan was
III. It was really Canaan who sinned
IV. Against Canaanites, not just Canaan
Tower of Babel (11:1-9)
What is the wrong being committed here?
Irony of passage: v. 5
Structure of passage:
Gen 11 structure
A Whole earth one language (1)
B Movers to settlers (2)
C Come, let’s build (3-4a)
D Tower, name, not scattered (4b)
D’ God sees tower (5-6a)
E Nothing impossible if they storm
C’ Come, let’s confuse (7)
B’ Settlers to movers (8)
A’ Whole earth confused language (9)