Today’s Bible story is from Genesis. Genesis 9 to be exact. But before we read today’s Bible story, let’s look at some charts. Painfully boring I know- but hey! Life is pain.
Notice the relative positions of Canaanite and Hebrew. Here’s another.
This one is from the Encyclopaedia Britannica. Cool, huh? Again, notice the positions of Hebrew and Canaanite languages.
And one more. Just one.
This site teaches Hebrew. Here is a quote from the article that come with this chart.
“Hebrew is defined as part of the more specific family of North-Western Semitic languages, a branch including Arabic, Aramaic, Canaanite languages and Ugaritic. Most similar to Hebrew are of course her fellow Canaanite languages (or possibly even dialects) such as Ammonite and Moabite. These languages have close vocabulary, grammatical and morphological ties. For example, in all these languages, a long ā sound found in other Semitic languages becomes a long ō sound, a clear-cut characteristic that enables us to identify whether or not a language is Canaanite.”
Now. For today’s Bible story. Sit back and get cosy. Oh, and this story seems to involve primitive incest porn/ incest, so viewer discretion is advised.
The story begins after the Flood. The God that Noah and his family worshiped had decided to wipe out their race- and they were the only survivors. They were living, alone, in a destroyed world.
So the story is told.
18 The sons of Noah who came out of the ark were Shem, Ham and Japheth. (Ham was the father of Canaan.) 19 These were the three sons of Noah, and from them came the people who were scattered over the whole earth.
20 Noah, a man of the soil, proceeded[a] to plant a vineyard. 21 When he drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father nakedand told his two brothers outside. 23 But Shem and Japheth took a garment and laid it across their shoulders; then they walked in backward and covered their father’s naked body. Their faces were turned the other way so that they would not see their father naked.
24 When Noah awoke from his wine and found out what his youngest son had done to him, 25 he said,
“Cursed be Canaan!
The lowest of slaves
will he be to his brothers.”
26 He also said,
“Praise be to the Lord, the God of Shem!
May Canaan be the slave of Shem.
27 May God extend Japheth’s[b] territory;
may Japheth live in the tents of Shem,
and may Canaan be the slave of Japheth.”
28 After the flood Noah lived 350 years. 29 Noah lived a total of 950 years, and then he died. Genesis 9
In the next chapter, this ‘son of’ stuff is explained a bit further.
6 The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan. Genesis 10
15 Canaan was the father of Sidon his firstborn,[g] and of the Hittites, 16 Jebusites, Amorites, Girgashites, 17 Hivites, Arkites, Sinites, 18 Arvadites, Zemarites and Hamathites. Genesis 10
21 Sons were also born to Shem, whose older brother was[h] Japheth; Shem was the ancestor of all the sons of Eber. 22 The sons of Shem: Elam, Ashur, Arphaxad, Lud and Aram. 23 The sons of Aram: Uz, Hul, Gether and Meshek.[i] 24 Arphaxad was the father of[j] Shelah, and Shelah the father of Eber. Genesis 10
Eber, is the fabulous and obscure person from whom the Hebrews take their name. Eber. Heber. Hebrew. See?
From this story and this genealogy, people who take the Bible to be literally true (such as Young Earth Creationist) derive these *obvious* facts.
Semitic languages are associated with the descendants of Noah’s son, Shem. Shem. Shemitic. Semitic. See how well that works?
(As a disclaimer- some of these sites are heavily racist. Others are less so. I do not endorse or promote any of them, as I find them vomitous as well as being an affront to reason. I post them here only to prove I’m not making this stuff up)
The Canaanites are descendents of Noah’s son, Ham. For various reasons, it’s easier for Creationists and their friends to talk about Shem and Japheth, but they manage to come to a conclusion about Ham’s descendants as well.
“Next we come to the sons of Ham: Cush, Mizraim, Phut, and Canaan (Genesis 10:6). The descendants of Ham live mainly in south-west Asia and Africa. The Bible often refers to Africa as the land of Ham (Psalms 105:23,27;106:22). The name of Noah’s grandson Cush is the Hebrew word for old Ethiopia…Noah’s next grandson mentioned was Mizraim. Mizraim is the Hebrew word for Egypt… Phut, the name of Noah’s next grandson is the Hebrew name for Libya…Canaan, the name of Noah’s next grandson, is the Hebrew name for the general region later called by the Romans Palestine, i.e. modern Israel and Jordan…” http://creation.com/the-sixteen-grandsons-of-noah
Others put it like this.
“THE LINEAGE OF HAM. The peoples of Ham’s line populated parts of Asia Minor, the Arabian Peninsula, and eventually the entire continent of Africa – once known as the Land of Ham.”
The more reserved ICR puts it this way.
“There were three basic streams of nations (Semitic, Japhetic, and Hamitic) and although there has been much mixing and proliferation, these three basic streams of nations (not “races”!) are still roughly distinct.”
Some go further.
“The eighteenth verse in the Table of the Nations reads,…. and afterward were the families of the Canaanites spread abroad.” This terse remark may be telling us that the vast populations of Asia, Africa, and the Western Hemisphere are descended from Canaan.”
And then conclude that-
“…the descendants of Japheth are the same people as those from whom come the Indo-European languages, the Shemites those from whom come the Semitic languages, and the remainder [are] the descendants of Ham, through one line or another”
Thus- the Hebrew language (and the Hebrew nation) are descended from the Semitic language group, and the Canaanite language (and nations) are descended from the Hamitic.
Except, my brave reader, you already know part of what’s wrong with this. Do you remember those charts at the beginning?
You do! THE HEBREW LANGUAGE IS A DESCENDANT OF CANAANITE!!!
To illustrate this another way, (and I said only one more chart but I lied) behold the following.
Ladies and Gentlemen, Hebrew is a member of the language family spoken by “…the vast populations of Asia, [and] Africa…”.
Semitic IS “Hamitic”.
Now. The ancient Hebrews spoke a Canaanite language. They lived in the same small region as the Canaanite nations. They were competing with these fellow Canaanite for resources and seem to have been almost continually at war with them.
According to Hebrew records, whether literally true or literally false, they once attempted the genocide of all other Canaanite groups.
Why would it be important, dear reader, to not be related to people you believe you once attempted to exterminate?
Why would it be important to believe that they were cursed?