The Offspring of Noah: Ham
by Alexander Zephyr
Part Four in the Series:
HOW THE EARTH WAS RESETTLED
by Alexander Zephyr
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
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
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.
TO BE CONTINUED!
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