Early biblical authors believed that in the beginning man was formed “from the dust of the earth.” This “dust” was envisioned as the soil of Africa. Accordingly, generic man was African/Edenic; generic man in a word was black by modern classifications of racial typologies. Whether you interpret Adam to have been an individual or a nation of people, it is clear that there was one Father (God) and one Mother (earth). The earth was of Africa/Eden. From this point, we continue our study of the biblical records in the sure knowledge that if the root of the family tree of man was African/Edenic then all subsequent branches of the tree must give acknowledgement and respect to the source from which they came. It will be abundantly clear, as we progress, that major characters, patriarchs, and heroes of this monumental work were direct descendants of the first African/Edenic Adam. It will also be clear that they belonged to one family, and therefore were themselves African/Edenic men and women the facts will point out in this context that the reference to people as being either Hamitic or Semitic does not denote racially different peoples, but rather people of a common racial heritage who developed different cultural lifestyles due to migration, and living in different parts of the world.
The distinction the Old Testament makes regarding peoples in the Bible is not racial. Rather, the Hebrew Scripture distinguishes groups on the basis of national identity and ethnic tribes. In addition, the authors of the Bible, together with the Greeks and the Romans, had no notion of color prejudice. In our society today, the idea of a world before racial discrimination is startling. The wonderful result of the lack of racial prejudice in the Bible is that the greatness of African people and their civilizations has been preserved.
Despite all of the evidence that indicates a manifest black biblical presence, Eurocentric church officials and scholars have tended to deny or minimize the fact that black people are in any way part of the Bible itself, a tendency that has had grave consequences for persons of African descent. Modern biblical scholarship is just beginning to overcome centuries of tragic biases against Blacks and their biblical heritage. As astonishing as it seems, most of the prestigious academies and universities of Europe and America have ridiculed the idea that Blacks have any substantive history.
The various versions and translations of the Bible (especially the King James version) has led in part to the misinterpretations of those who rendered the original translations from Hebrew and Greek into Latin, English, and other languages. However, a large portion of the confusion stems from deliberate Eurocentric attempts to conceal what today would be called the racial and/or ethnic identity of the people of the Bible.
Rev. Cain Hope Felder, Ph.D. Editor. The Original African Heritage Study Bible (King James Version). Nashville, Tennessee: James C. Winston Publishers, Inc., 1997.
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