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Ham and Babylon (Gen 9-11). What was Ham’s sin (Gen 9:22)?. Gen 9 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father’s nakedness and told his two brothers outside. Possible interpretations? What does ‘uncover someone’s nakedness’ mean (Lev 18)? Have sexual relations with.

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What was ham s sin gen 9 22
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 outside.

  • Possible interpretations?

  • What does ‘uncover someone’s nakedness’ mean (Lev 18)?

  • Have sexual relations with.

  • Rabbis- incestuous homosexual relationship

  • Problems with this interpretation?


Other possibilities
Other possibilities?

  • Breach of 5th commandment: honor parents

  • Lack of respect- calls brothers in to see

  • Problems?

  • 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

  • Isaiah 51:17-18


Ku klux klan and the curse of ham
Ku Klux Klan and the Curse of Ham

  • Klan- descendants of Ham = cursed

  • Gen 106 The sons of Ham: Cush, Mizraim, Put and Canaan.

  • Africans are the descendants of Ham

  • Problems?

  • Racial bigotry against blacks cannot be supported by this verse.


Remaining problem of 9 25
Remaining problem of 9:25?

  • Why is the son cursed for the sins of the father? Proposals:

  • Justify passing from father to son.

  • Textual error- Ham, not Canaan was meant

  • It was really Canaan who sinned

  • Against Canaanites, not just Canaan


Tower of babel 11 1 9
Tower of Babel (11:1-9)

  • What is the wrong being committed here?

  • Irony of passage: v. 5

  • Structure of passage:


Gen 11 structure
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 heaven (6b)

C’ Come, let’s confuse (7)

B’ Settlers to movers (8)

A’ Whole earth confused language (9)


Hierarchical relationships
Hierarchical Relationships

God↕Male↔Humans↔Female↕Animals↨Plants