Pharez: The Half Canaanite Son of Judah and Tamar

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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 sleeping with her. Pharez was Judah’s son that was conceived during this night of passion with his daughter in law Tamar, a Canaanite woman.

And Tamar his daughter in law bare him Pharez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five.” – 1 Chronicles 2:4

Hamite Blood In The Tribe of Judah

Pharez had a twin brother, which made him one of five of Judah’s children with female descendants of Ham. The encounter between Tamar and Judah is the first time in which we see Hamite blood introduced directly into the tribe of Judah, but it won’t be the last.

This mixing presents a huge problem for those that make the claim that God was against Israel mixing with anyone outside of their own tribes. Jacob had 12 sons and the only people they could mix with were outside of their family in the beginning. What we don’t see in scripture are the Hebrews mixing with the descendants of Japheth.

The Bloodline of The Messiah

As we follow the bloodline of Pharez, we learn that it is his line that eventually leads to the births of David and Solomon.

“Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.” – Ruth 4:18-22

For those looking for evidence in support of a black Messiah and a black, then Pharez is a very important link. When we consider that Pharez was half Canaanite (descendants of Ham), it would mean that all of his children had Hamite blood as well. When we follow the line of Judah and reach Pharez’s great grandson Amminadab, it is his daughter Elisheba that marries Aaron, the brother of Moses and Miriam.

There is no doubt that Judah’s choice to have children with women from the line of Ham left Hamite blood flowing through multiple tribes of Israel. More specifically, it ensured that the line of Judah would forever have African blood in it.

The Sons of Pharez

  • Hezron
  • Hamul

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By Black History In The Bible

"And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." - John 8:45-47


  • I’m curious to know why do you say half Canaanite when I was under the impression whatever the Father is determines the child’s lineage. For an example a black woman and a white man have a son, would he not have been considered his father’s child carrying that same chromosome from his father?

    • Black History In The Bible -

      Why do you all play word games? You know exactly what someone means when they say half. When you see a mixed person you don’t assume their 100% black and that they had 2 black parents because the father is black. Lineage is traced through the father, not DNA, which comes from both father and mother.

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