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The Hamites

Bathsheba: King Solomon’s African Mother

Bathsheba: King Solomon’s African Mother

The Hamites
Was Solomon's mother a descendant of Ham? This might be hard for many to accept, but the evidence points to the very fact that Bathsheba was not a Hebrew. If you've already read my previous article, Uriah: Bathsheba's African Husband and David's Mighty Man, then you know that Bathsheba was originally married to a black man from the line of Ham. Tracing Bathsheba's Lineage Although we are not told directly that Bathsheba is a Hamite, we can actually trace her heritage through her grandfather Ahithophel (David's African counselor). In 2 Samuel 11:3 we are told that Bathsheba's father is Eliam, but it isn't until 2 Samuel 23 that we find out that Bathsheba's grandfather is a Gilonite. "Eliphelet the son of Ahasbai, the son of the Maachathite, Eliam the son of Ahithophel t...
Uriah: Bathsheba’s African Husband and David’s Mighty Man

Uriah: Bathsheba’s African Husband and David’s Mighty Man

The Hamites
David suffered a shattered kingdom, two dead sons, and his wives were raped in front of everyone... all because of the death of one African man... Uriah. We've all heard the story of David stealing Bathsheba from Uriah, but how big of a role did Uriah's betrayal and death play in the life of David? In most Bible studies, Uriah is sort of a side note, and that's only because of what David did to him: David got Bathsheba (Uriah's wife) pregnant. David then set up Uriah to be killed in battle. If that was the extent of the story, there wouldn't be much to tell, but Uriah's death is only the beginning of David's problems with God, Israel, and his son Absalom. Uriah The Hittite To understand the genealogy of Uriah, we must start at the beginning with Noah's son Ham....
The Queen of Sheba: King Solomon’s Ethiopian Mistress

The Queen of Sheba: King Solomon’s Ethiopian Mistress

The Hamites
The Queen of Sheba was King Solomon's black mistress from Ethiopia. According to the Bible, she made a special trip to Israel just to meet him. To understand the significance of this meeting, we must understand how political ties were made in the ancient world. In order to form alliances, royalty would often marry each other or have their children marry each other. We'll come back to this meeting further down, but first, let's look at the Queen's Hamite connection: "And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan." - Genesis 10:7 To break it down, Sheba was the grandson of Cush and the great grandson of Ham. When the descendants of Ham began to settle Africa, Seba (son of Cush) settled the portion o...
Hagar: Abraham’s Black Wife From Egypt

Hagar: Abraham’s Black Wife From Egypt

The Hamites
Hagar was Abraham's black Egyptian concubine that overcame her status as a servant to become the mother to  of the largest nations to ever exist. When Sarah failed to get pregnant, as God promised her she would, she decided to take things into her own hands, and give her Egyptian handmaid Hagar to Abraham, so that he could get her pregnant. "And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes." - Genesis 16:3-4 The Birth of Ishmael It was this union that led to the birth of their half Egyptian son Ishmael, the father of the Ishmaelit...
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
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 to wife for himself (Genesis 38:2). Shuah 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 Israelite women, other tha...
Nimrod: The First African (Cushite) World Leader

Nimrod: The First African (Cushite) World Leader

The Hamites
Nimrod is arguably one of the most important people in the Old Testament, but there is very little said about him in scripture. However, what is said changes the entire course of human history, mostly because of where he was from. Nimrod was the son of Cush, the grandson of Ham, and the great grandson of Noah. The Cushite Origin of Nimrod Being a son of Cush, Nimrod himself would be classified as a Cushite. According to both scripture and history, Cushites were known for their black skin. Kuwsh (Strong’s #3568): Probably of foreign origin; Cush (or Ethiopia), the name of a son of Ham, and of his territory; also of an Israelite — Chush, Cush, Ethiopia. “For of the four sons of Ham, time has not at all hurt the name of Cush; for the Ethiopians, over whom he reigne
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.  
Ham: The Origin of Black Africans and Black Arabs In The Bible

Ham: The Origin of Black Africans and Black Arabs In The Bible

The Hamites
Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham (Cham), and Japheth, but it is Ham and his lineage that settled Africa and various parts of Arabia. Although that is the case, there is lots of evidence that Ham was not the only black son, but may have had black skin in common with Shem. According to scripture, the brothers were born when Noah was 500 years old. "And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth." - Genesis 5:32 According to the Strong's Concordance #2526 (Cham) is defined as: a son of Noah, also his descendants, also a name for Egyptians. In ancient Hebrew culture, it was customary to list the children in the order of their birth, which means that Ham was possibly the middle son, and not the youngest. This is important because there is a common ...

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