Item description for Africa and the Bible by Edwin M. Yamauchi & Kenneth Kitchen...
Overview What does the Bible say about Africa? More then 80 photos, maps, and charts are included in this insightful exploration of the African presence in Scripture.
Publishers Description The "curse of Ham" has been used to legitimize slavery. Both Ethiopians and Arabians claim the queen of Sheba. Could Moses and Jesus have been black? Edwin Yamauchi explores the historical and archaeological background of biblical texts that refer to Africa and traces the results of past interpretations and misinterpretations. He covers such topics as the curse of Ham's son Canaan, Moses' Cushite wife, Simon the Cyrene, and afrocentric biblical interpretation. Along the way, he dispels myths, interacts with current theories, and provides readers with sound judgments as to what the Bible does and does not say. Readers interested in the connections between Africa and the Bible will enjoy this insightful book. More then eighty photos, maps, and charts are included.
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Studio: Baker Academic
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.96" Width: 6.08" Height: 0.77" Weight: 1.09 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2006
Publisher Baker Publishing Group
ISBN 0801031192 ISBN13 9780801031199
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More About Edwin M. Yamauchi & Kenneth Kitchen
Edwin M. Yamauchi (Ph.D., Brandeis University) is professor of history emeritus at Miami University, Ohio. He is the author or editor of numerous books, including Persia and the Bible, Greece and Babylon, The Archaeology of New Testament Cities in Asia Minor, Harper's World of the New Testament, and Africa and Africans in Antiquity. A co-edited work, Peoples of the Old Testament World, won a Biblical Archaeological Society Award.
Edwin M. Yamauchi currently resides in the state of Ohio.
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the errors of afrocentrism Jan 4, 2007
This is yet another good book which shatters the many sordid lies and misrepresentations of "afrocentrism".
Mary Lefkowitz also documents the same things quite well in her books. I highly recommend reading her books to understand the truth about this bizarre social disease called afrocentrism.
Africa in the Bible or Africa not in the Bible? Dec 24, 2004
Yamauchi book has a bold interesting title "Africans in the Bible" that may at first attract African-Americans or those interested in the topic of Africans in the Bible, after reading some may or may not be shocked. Sadly a large focus of the book is geared more to Africans NOT being in the Bible as to Africans actually in the Bible because of this I believe many people may walk away from this read disappointed;however,followers of Mary Lefkowitz book "Not out of Africa" will surely see this book as good hard objective scholarship. Yamauchi can be praised for highlighting some of the Nubian and Ethiopian Kings like Taharka of Egypt's 25th Dynasty and the Candaces who are mentioned in the Bible, in fact it is a statue of Taharka that is on the cover of his book,but I don't feel Yamauchi goes far enough. Yamauchi is also credited for approaching the Afrocentric debate and at times he sounds as if he trying to present an unbiased point of view when discussing the race of the Egyptians(he includes Martin Bernals Black Athena arguments), but after one looks at the introduction and checks his footnotes you see that Yamauchi sympathizes with the views of the African American classical scholar Frank Snowden when it comes to the race of the Egyptians. Frank Snowden is a conservative African American scholar like Henry Louis Gates of Harvard fame, he believes the Egyptians should not be considered black. Both Snowden and Gates have been rewarded for their beliefs by many white academics and are often quoted by them in books and applauded as the "best" in their field. Incidentally many African Americans see both Snowden and Gates as being "sell-outs" and "pawns in the game." I personally believe the term "Black" is superficial and divides the people of Africa in a way that Europeans are not divided;for example, Swedes and Russians look different but both are considered "white" AngloSaxons and Greeks look different but both are considered "white" strangely there is this double standard when it comes to Africa. West Africans, North Africans,and East africans are arbitarily divided and this subjective double standard wrongfully robs the African people of a shared kinship.Africans are polytypical with variable "racial" features found as one travels throughout the continent;however, unlike Yamauchi or Snowden I believe they are all biologically related and at their essence and cultural core they are all African that is not Asian or European. Looking at Africa under this scope would Yamauchi include Ramesses II as an African in the Bible? If Yamauchi wanted to write a book that would not push the envelope and get him academically blacklisted by his peers he wrote the perfect book. If Yamauchi wanted to be original and break the academic mold by asking the tough questions maybe a few of these questions would be on his list.
1.Based on the anthropological finds of the Leakey family and recent research in Mitochondrial DNA and knowledge of natural selection in tropical climates what color does Yamauchi believe Adam and Eve were and why did he leave them out of this work?based on objective archaelogical evidence where would Eden be located and would the answer offend the fragile sensibilities of biblical academics?
2.The Genealogy of Noahs son Ham list four sons Punt, Canaan, Egypt and Kush. Does Yamauchi not find it strange that the Hebrew writers listed Punt(Somalia) Egypt(Misraim) and Kush(Nubia) as brothers now logically what might this kinship apply in a racial sense?
3. Yamauchi says that Thomas of Cyrene could not have been black because Cyrene was a Greek colony in North Africa is Yamauchi to have us believe that Cyrene was homogenous I know of not one colony in North America, Africa, Australia, or Asia that was ever homogenous, why couldn't Thomas be black?
4. Yamauchi believes that the Queen of Sheba or Saba could not have been black because her kingdom was in Arabia. Who is to say blacks especially after looking at the proximity, did not live in ancient Arabia? or the Middle East for that matter, in fact records from the Assyrian temples show us the Elamites a Black people who did indeed live in the Middles East. Also there are the black Dravidians or Dasas of the Hindu Vedas from ancient India(Asia) before the Aryan invasions and for a contemporary source there is Prince Bander of Saudi Arabia if Sheba looked like the Prince she would not be black?....Yamauchi's book gives us some basic facts so in that sense it is good but this book could have been way more interesting if it would dare to ask the unpopular questions.
Too colored by bias! Jun 12, 2004
I thought that this book would cover africa's role In the bible while discussing eurocentrism and afrocentrism.It turn's out that It Is mainly a criticism of afrocentrism.If one has a probelm with afrocentrism then we have to go back to the first lie which started with eurocentrism and go from there.I would have liked to read more about african and bible history, and If was going to be criticism's(afrocentrism and eurocentrism) then let them be discussed equal.This notion about race Is a modern thing and did not exist among the ancient's.People at that time were more concerned about nation.It was decided long after that(In modern times) certain groups belonged to this race and to that race to justify racism.If It were possible to go back In a time machine many people would be shocked at what they see.The people In history- Cleopatra, Moses, Ramses,Hannibal,Jesus looked nothing like the Images we have become use to seeing of them.Let's face It, the Images In movies and pictures are wrong,wrong,wrong.We can only move foward when look at history objectively as It was,and without our modern bias.