The Offspring of Noah: Ham
by Alexander Zephyr

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The Offspring of Noah: Ham.

 HAM (in Hebrew connotes 'hot' or 'burnt', 'dark', 'black skinned')
HAM - (Cham, Kham) is the second son of Noah and the father of Cush, Mizraim, Phut and Canaan. After the Babylonian's dispersal the descendants of Ham went along the Mediterranean and settled in North Africa, South Arabia and in the Land of Canaan. The Geographical area occupied by Hammites is the so called the 'Southern Zone.'

CUSH: The generally accepted view is that he founded the black African people of Ethiopia. He begot Nimrod ('let us rebel')
who became the King of Babylon, therefore it is safe to say that Cush is progenitor of the Babylonian people too (Genesis 10:8, 10).
Some scholars think that Sudan is also of Cush. Others have opined, based on Genesis 10:11, that Asshur is also descended from Cush.
We think that this assumption is incorrect because the Biblical narrative in these verses deals with the descendants of Ham's oldest son Cush and particularly of his son Nimrod. To say 'out of this land went forth Ashur and builded Nineveh' and so on, makes no sense. The story is about Nimrod, not Ashur. The name 'Ashur' will appear later in Genesis 10:22 where he is shown as the second son of Shem. It is Nimrod who went forth from the land of Shinar and built Nineveh, and the city Rehoboth, and Calah. It is Nimrod who invaded Assyria with his army and established the first world Empire with its capital Nineveh. That is why Assyria is called 'the land of Nimrod (Micah 5:6). There is a story that the name of the city of Nineveh came out of Ninus, the son of Nimrod. Others say that Ninus and Nimrod are the same person.
MIZRAIM: These are the people of Egypt. From his descendant, the Cashluhim, came the Philistines (Genesis 10:14).

PUT ' (Phut): Lybia.

CANAAN: The Philistines.

There are historians who say that Hanaan (Canaan), as a nation, does not exist today, but has vanished from the history. The modern day Palestinians insist that they are the direct descendants of the Philistines, and the Land of Palestine belongs to them.
They confidently claim that they are Muslims of  Arab descent from Semitic stock.
 But the fact is that the Philistines came out of Canaan and Mizraim the sons of Ham! Originally they settled in Egypt and the Aegean Sea coasts and islands (e.g Crete), but later on (12 Century B.C.) the Philistines invaded the Land of Canaan, destroyed a people called Avvites, and settled in their territories (Deuteronomy 2:23; Joshua 13:3; 1 Chronicles 1:12). All the nations descended from Ham's thirty progenitors are called Hamitic nations. They are not Arabs and they are not Semites! They have nothing in common with the Semites, because they belong to a different branch of the Human family. In addition the Canaaanite branch was severely cursed by God for the sin of Ham, their father.

'And God said, 'Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be unto his brethren' (Genesis 9:25).

Basically, Ham's descendants are: Egyptians, Ethiopians, Libyans, Canaanites, Yemenis, Sudanese, Babylonians, Mayans, Aztecs and others. There are speculations that the Yellow Mongoloid race of nations, including China, is of Hamitic origin, particularly, from the Sinites, descendants of Canaan (Genesis 10: 17). Other sources say that China originated from a mixture of Semitic and Japhetic people. We very much doubt these ideas. The Mongoloid race of nations, especially China, has a great population, and  fits more the blessing of enlargement given to Japheth, rather  than to Ham.


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