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Sunday, May 22 2011
The Family Of Ham
Ham, from the Hebrew name pronounced khawm, meaning warm, or hot weather (the English word "ham" is not related; it originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, hamm, which meant bent - referring to a pig's hind leg), was the second-born son of Noah; customarily, sons were listed by order of birth i.e. "Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth" (Genesis 5:52 KJV).
The genealogy of Ham, and his brothers Shem and Japheth (notice also, in verse 2 below, that the Hebrew word pronounced awdawm, meaning man as a species, originally applied to both male and female - "male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam"):
"5:1 This is the book of the generations of Adam.
"The sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut and Canaan"
The Flood came about 5 years after Noah's father Lamech died ("Lamech lived after he begat Noah five hundred ninety and five years," while the Flood happened "in the six hundredth year of Noah's life") and within the century of the birth of Shem, and Ham, and Japheth. There were eight people aboard the ark i.e. " Noah, and Shem, and Ham, and Japheth, the sons of Noah, and Noah's wife, and the three wives of his sons with them."
"7:11 In the six hundredth year of Noah's life, in the second month, the seventeenth day of the month, the same day were all the fountains of the great deep broken up, and the windows of heaven were opened. 7:12 And the rain was upon the earth forty days and forty nights [see also The Floods Brought By Christ].
After the Flood, humanity ("awdawm") was regenerated from the sons of Noah and their wives (who are not named in the Scriptures - we will have to wait until the Kingdom of God to know who they were). Although many today regard the sons of Ham as those who populated Africa, which some of them did, they moreover populated much of what is today the Middle East, naturally beginning, along with those of the other two sons of Noah, in the area where the ark began and ended its voyage - in Iraq. Most of the lines of Ham produced the Babylonians, the Assyrians and the numerous Canaanite lines, including the Jebusites (Jerusalem was called the Jebusite city before David captured it and made it an Israelite city i.e. "the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem" Joshua 15:8 KJV).
"9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 9:19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread." (Genesis 9:18-19 KJV)
Some have used the incident in Genesis 9 as their lame excuse for racism against "Ham," but notice carefully that Noah's curse was upon Canaan, the father of the Middle East Canaanites, not "Ham, the father of Canaan." The "what his younger son had done unto him" is referring to whatever it was that Ham's younger son, Canaan ("the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan") had done to Noah, not anything that Ham did (Ham was the middle-born, not the youngest son of Noah i.e. "Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth). Ham merely attempted to properly cover his inebriated father's nakedness.
"9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 9:19 These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.
Among the sons of Ham was Mizraim - the name given to Egypt and northeast Africa by the Israelites because of Mizraim's descendants there (it is translated into English as "Egypt" over 600 times in the Holy Scriptures) - hence the reason that it is also called "the land of Ham" i.e. the land of Ham's son Mizraim. The Israelites spent over 400 years there before the Exodus (see The Goshen Refugees and Why Were The Israelites Made Slaves In Egypt?). Jesus Christ lived there for a few years after His birth: "2:15 And was there until the death of Herod: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son" (Matthew 2:15 KJV).
"105:23 Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham." (Psalm 105:23 KJV)
The progenitors of two of the tribes of Israel, Ephraim and Manasseh, were born in Egypt to a Hamite mother.
"41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt." (Genesis 41:45 KJV)
Despite the disapproval of his siblings Miriam and Aaron, Moses married an Ethiopian woman. "Ethiopia" is the English word (derived from a Greek word) used to translate the Hebrew "Cush" - the name given to that area in Africa that was populated by Cush, the firstborn son of Ham ("the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan").
"12:1 And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman." (Numbers 12:1 KJV)
Fact Finder: Did "Israel" grow from a family of a few dozen people to a nation of millions of people in "the land of Ham" i.e. Egypt?
This Day In History, May 22
1176: Hashshashins (an Arabic word, meaning "hashish eaters," from which the word assassin originated; see Assassins) attempted to assassinate Saladin (the Muslim sultan of Egypt) near Aleppo.
1246: Henry Raspe was elected anti-king by the Rhenish prelates in France.
1377: Pope Gregory XI declared five papal bulls (see Papal Bull) against English theologian John Wycliffe.
1455: The opening battle in England's 30-year War of the Roses took place at St. Albans. The Lancastrians defeated the Yorkists.
1541: In Germany, the Ratisbon (Regensburg) Conference ended, its mission to reunify the Catholic Church having failed. From that time on, the Protestant movement became permanent (doctrinally, there is little difference between Roman Catholic and "Protestant" Antichristians; see also Is Your Religion Your Religion? and What's Your Angle?).
1629: The Peace of Luebeck was signed to end hostilities between the Holy Roman Empire and Denmark.
1807: A grand jury indicted former U.S. Vice President Aaron Burr on a charge of treason.
1939: Adolf Hitler (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion) and Benito Mussolini signed a "Pact of Steel" committing Germany and Italy to a military alliance.
1941: The German battleship Bismarck entered the high seas for the first and last time.
1967: Egyptian President Nassar again (as he did in 1956, which led to the Sinai War) blockaded the Gulf of Aqaba by closing the Tiran Straits to Israeli shipping. It led to the Six Day War.
1968: The nuclear submarine USS Scorpion and its crew of 99 was lost in the Atlantic Ocean about 400 miles southwest of the Azores (Portuguese islands in the Atlantic Ocean about 900 miles west of Portugal).
1972: Under its new constitution, Ceylon became a republic and changed its name to Sri Lanka.
1990: North and South Yemen united to form the Republic of Yemen.
2002: A jury in Alabama convicted former Ku Klux Klan member Bobby Frank Cherry for the 1963 bombing of a Baptist Church in which four girls were murdered.
2008: 235 tornadoes during this week struck 19 U.S. states and one Canadian province.