Tuesday, June 6, 2023

The Curse of Ham (Genesis 9:18-28)

After the Flood, Noah plants a vineyard and then makes some wine, gets drunk, and falls asleep naked. This is the way his youngest son Ham finds him. The next morning Noah curses Ham for seeing him naked: “Cursed be Canaan [son of Ham]; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers” (Genesis 9:25, English Standard Version).
Two responses to being cursed are possible. First, one may seek reconciliation with the one who pronounced the curse and be blessed instead. Two, one may seek enough power to keep the curse from having its intended effect (Jacques Ellul, The Meaning of the City, pp. 9-20).
Ham was the father of Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan. Through Cush, Ham became the grandfather of Nimrod.
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