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Month: December 2015

Babel – The First African (Cushite) World Capital

Babel – The First African (Cushite) World Capital

Hamite Cities
Babel was the center of the first world empire and was founded by Nimrod, the son of Cush and grandson of Ham. "And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar." - Genesis 10:8-10 Babel is also the place where the people had advanced to a level where they wanted to build a tower that reached into the heavens, but God destroyed it. "Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." - Genesis 11:9 [Tw...
Pharez: The Half Canaanite Son of Judah and Tamar

Pharez: The Half Canaanite Son of Judah and Tamar

The Shemites
One of the most often overlooked pieces of genealogical information involves the origins of the tribe of Judah. When Jacob's original sons (the 12 tribes of Israel) needed wives, they sought out women descended from Ham. Because they were living in the land of Canaan, it makes sense that some of them would take Canaanite wives. Judah was no exception. Not only did he take a Canaanite wife for himself, but he took one for his oldest son as well. This is ultimately what leads to the birth of Pharez. The Birth of Pharez Tamar was originally meant for Judah's oldest son, but after a series of unfortunate events, Tamar wound up a lonely, unmarried widow. After Judah failed to deliver his youngest son to her as promised, Tamar pretended to be a prostitute and tricked Judah into s...
Ephraim: The Half African Son of Joseph

Ephraim: The Half African Son of Joseph

The Shemites
When Joseph was enslaved in Egypt, he eventually rose to power and married an Egyptian woman named Asenath. Two children resulted from this marriage and they were Ephraim and Manasseh. "And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction." - 41:52 During the blessing ceremony, Joseph places them before Jacob, and Jacob adopts both boys as his own children, thus making them "tribes" of Israel. "And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine." - 48:5 During the ceremony, Jacob blesses both boys, but he places Ephraim before Manasseh, even though he was the youngest and Jose...
Cush: The Hamite Founder of Sudan

Cush: The Hamite Founder of Sudan

The Hamites
While we don't know how long after the flood that the grandchildren were born, but we know who they were. Cush is the son of Ham, and grandson of Noah. "And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan." - Genesis 10:6 As the sons of Ham began to spread out from "the land of Ham", it is Cush that settles the area currently known as Sudan. It is here that Cush begins to have sons that will also eventually spread out to other areas. The Sons of Cush (Genesis 10:7-8) Seba Havilah Sabtah Raamah Sabtecha Nimrod Save Save Save
Tamar: The Canaanite Mother of Judah’s Son Pharez

Tamar: The Canaanite Mother of Judah’s Son Pharez

The Hamites, Women In Scripture
The story of Tamar the Canaanite is brief, but important in the grand scheme of scripture. She first appears in the Bible after Judah moves to Canaan and takes the Canaanite Shuah's daughter as a wife for himself (Genesis 38:2). Shuah's daughter bears Judah three half Canaanite sons: Er Onan Shelah After the birth of his third son Shelah, Judah chooses Tamar, a Canaanite woman, as the wife for his oldest son Er. "And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar." - Genesis 38:6 The Canaanites were descendants of Ham's son Canaan. In Genesis 9 there are a series of events that lead to Noah placing a curse on Canaan. Because of the curse, Canaan heads East out of Africa, and settles in modern day Israel. Because there were not yet any Is...
Asenath: Joseph’s Egyptian Wife

Asenath: Joseph’s Egyptian Wife

The Hamites
The Bible doesn't have much to say about Asenath, but in the three verses in which she is mentioned by name, we learn a few things. She was married to Joseph (Genesis 41:45) Her father was Potipherah, Priest of On (Genesis 41:50) Her sons were Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 46:20) Her sons Ephraim and Manasseh would eventually be adopted by Jacob and receive the birthright.