Africa and the Bible

Africa and the Bible

Africa and the Bible

Africa and the Bible


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The "curse of Ham" has been used to legitimize slavery. Both Ethiopians and Arabians claim the queen of Sheba. Could Moses and Jesus have been black?

Edwin Yamauchi explores the historical and archaeological background of biblical texts that refer to Africa and traces the results of past interpretations and misinterpretations. He covers such topics as the curse of Ham's son Canaan, Moses' Cushite wife, Simon the Cyrene, and afrocentric biblical interpretation. Along the way, he dispels myths, interacts with current theories, and provides readers with sound judgments as to what the Bible does and does not say.

Readers interested in the connections between Africa and the Bible will enjoy this insightful book. More then eighty photos, maps, and charts are included.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801031199
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 07/01/2006
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 675,610
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.62(d)

About the Author

Edwin M. Yamauchi (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is professor of history emeritus at Miami University, Ohio. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Persia and the Bible, Greece and Babylon, The Archaeology of New Testament Cities in Asia Minor, Harper's World of the New Testament, and Africa and Africans in Antiquity. A co-edited work, Peoples of the Old Testament World, won a Biblical Archaeological Society Award.

Table of Contents

1.The Curse of Ham19
2.Moses' Cushite Wife35
3.Solomon and Africa77
4.Tirhakah and Other Cushites107
5.Rome and Meroe149
6.Why the Ethiopian Eunuch Was Not from Ethiopia161
7.Cyrene in Libya183
8.Afrocentric Biblical Interpretation205
AppendixMartin Bernal's Black Athena Reviewed215
Scripture Index271
Author Index273
Subject Index281
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