In this episode, the Mormon Matters “Genesis Team”–David Bokovoy, Tom Roberts, and Brian Hauglid–share good, fair, and scholarly framings of two difficult biblical stories: (1) the cursing of Canaan, Ham’s son, to become a servant to the races descending from Noah’s other two sons because of his Ham’s indiscretions upon discovering Noah naked within his tent; and (2) the Tower of Babel and God’s confounding of human languages. There is so much more going on in the Genesis text than typically gets discussed in LDS devotional settings. This episode also folds in sections of the Book of Abraham and Book of Mormon in sidebar discussions of the link between the cursing of Canaan and black skin and priesthood cursing that had been in Mormon consciousness for such a long time and has only recently been formally denounced by the church, and also about the idea that there once was a pure, Adamic language toward which we are to somehow seek,
Please listen in and come to better understand the writers and their worldviews and intentions. Then share your thoughts!
David M. Goldenberg, The Curse of Ham: Race and Slavery in Early Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
Lester E. Bush and Armand L. Mauss, eds., Neither White Nor Black: Mormon Scholars Confront the Race Issue in a Universal Church, Signature Books Online Library. Includes the Armand Mauss article mentioned in this episode, “The Fading of the Pharaoh’s Curse: The Decline and Fall of the Priesthood Ban against Blacks in the Mormon Church”)
Samuel Brown, “Joseph (Smith) in Egypt: Babel, Hieroglyphs, and the Pure Language of Eden,” Church History (March 2009)
Jerry Bradshaw, “Genesis 11: The Tower of Babel,” templethemes.net.
Father Tom Roberts, “Sacral Kingship of Christ,” Facebook page with links to his various writings, videos, etc.