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Noah's CurseThe Biblical Justification of American Slavery$
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Stephen R. Haynes

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780195142792

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195142799.001.0001

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The Legend of Nimrod and His Tower

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Noah's Curse

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This chapter reviews the history of biblical interpretation with regard to Nimrod (Ham's grandson through Cush), who is described in Genesis 10:6–12 as “a mighty hunter before the Lord.” The roots of Nimrod's traditional association with the Tower of Babel are explored, as is the evolution of Nimrod's personification of the more aggressive and rebellious dimensions of the Hamitic curse. The beginning of Nimrod's explicit racialization is located in the work of nineteenth‐century author Alexander Hislop.

Keywords:   Cush, Ham, Hamite Rebellion, Hislop, Nimrod, Tower of Babel

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