Race Fact #36: How many races are in the Bible?

Noah had three sons: “The sons of Noah who went out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth” (Genesis 9.18, NRSV).  It has been argued erroneously that Ham represents the socially colored black race, Shem the socially colored brown race and Japheth the socially colored white race.  But, what are we to do with the socially colored red/ […]

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Race Fact #35: The Meanings of Ham

The name of Noah’s son Ham has only been interpreted to mean “black” and this black is in a physical sense– not black eyes or black hair but black skin specifically.  Ham’s name is said to represent a race, that is socially colored black people.  However, J. Daniel Hays provides several meanings to provide a […]

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Race Fact #33: Still Made in God’s Image

No matter our understanding or interpretation of what it means to be made in God’s image, whether the meaning be that we share a physical resemblance, serve as God’s representative on earth and/ or possess spiritual and/ or mental faculties similar to that of our Creator, all of humanity bears God’s image.  The eyes of […]

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Race Fact #32: Created in the Image of God

“Racism or the presupposition that one’s own race is superior or better than another is a denial that all people have been created in the image of God.” ~ J. Daniel Hays, From Every People and Nation: A Biblical Theology of Race, p. 50

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Race Fact #31: The ‘race’ of Adam and Eve

“Adam and Eve are not Hebrews or Egyptians or Canaanites.  It is incorrect for the White Church to view them as White or for the Black Church to view them as Black.  Their ‘race’ is not identifiable; they are neither Negroid nor Caucasian, nor even Semitic.  They become the mother and father of all peoples. […]

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