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Africa and the Bible
Yamauchi, Edwin M.
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Grand Rapids, Mich. : Baker Academic, [2004]

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297 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
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BS521.2 .Y36 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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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.

Author Notes

Edwin M. Yamauchi is professor of history at Miami University, Ohio.

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Library Journal Review

Historian Yamauchi, the author of such books as Persia and the Bible and the editor of Africa and Africans in Antiquity, provides a carefully researched study of the presence of black Africans and their culture in the Bible. Focusing both on biblical analysis and on critiques of other scholars' work, he situates various biblical texts archaeologically and historically. Yamauchi, who is far more moderate than such Afrocentric scholars as Martin Bernal, who argues that Moses, Christ, and other biblical characters were black, questions such received interpretations as the idea that Moses' wife was a Midianite. This thoughtful book embodies a view that needs to be heard, offering a well-nuanced call to examine theracial and cultural biases we impose on religioustexts. Recommended for academic, seminary, and public library collections in biblical and African studies.-Carolyn M. Craft, Longwood Univ., Farmville, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Kenneth A. Kitchen
Illustrationsp. 9
Forewordp. 13
Prefacep. 15
1. The Curse of Hamp. 19
2. Moses' Cushite Wifep. 35
3. Solomon and Africap. 77
4. Tirhakah and Other Cushitesp. 107
5. Rome and Meroep. 149
6. Why the Ethiopian Eunuch Was Not from Ethiopiap. 161
7. Cyrene in Libyap. 183
8. Afrocentric Biblical Interpretationp. 205
Appendix Martin Bernal's Black Athena Reviewedp. 215
Bibliographyp. 221
Creditsp. 267
Scripture Indexp. 271
Author Indexp. 273
Subject Indexp. 281