1: The Doorway Papers Series
NOAH'S THREE SONS:
HUMAN HISTORY IN THREE DIMENSIONS
Abstract: This Volume of five Papers is a bird's eye view of
the world after the Flood, of how these three sons and
their wives re-peopled the world, establishing (and destroying)
civilizations and cultures as they spread over the earth. It
is not a haphazard or chance occurrence for, when seen from the
divine point of view, God has sovereignly ordered the unfolding
of His purposes for the well-being of all peoples so that the
complete potential of the human race might find full expression.
The basic thesis is that the tenth
chapter of Genesis, the Table of Nations, is a statement about
the origins of the present world population, and
of how these descendants of the three brothers spread out over
the earth. And it is further proposed that a division of responsiblities
to care for the needs of man at three fundamental levels -- spiritual,
physical, and intellectual - were divinely appointed to each
of these three branches of Noah's family. History bears out the
uniqueness of each of these racial stocks in a remarkable
way. In these Papers is the evidence for the technological genius
of Ham, the intellectual character of Japheth, and the spiritual
qualities of Shem.
The interaction of these
three contributions is the theme of this history. The final Paper
is an exploration of the broader implications of the thesis,
and of underlying causes (linguistic, cultural, etc.) that have
led each branch to continue to make its unique contribution.
Human potential reaches its climax when all three brothers jointly
make their common contributions. Thus this three-dimensional
view of human history gives insights into the manner in
which God ordained that the full potential of the human race
should unfold and find expression in the individual and in the
Yet it is contended that
if there is meaning to the universe, it is to be found in the
birth and death of Jesus Christ, the Second Adam, that God might
by a process of Redemption show forth His love toward the First
Adam and his descendants whose very existences depend upon the
creation of such a physical world. Man, then, is the key to the
meaning of the universe.
See also the Ph.D. Thesis Does Science Transcend Culture?
TABLE OF CONTENTS
THE PART PLAYED BY SHEM, HAM, AND
IN SUBSEQUENT WORLD HISTORY
This Paper is a bird's
eye view of the History of Man as outlined cryptically in Noah's
prediction in Genesis 9:24-27. It sets forth the basic concept
that from Noah's three sons have arisen three divisions of the
human race, whose decendants re-peopled the earth after the Flood.
It is further proposed that a kind
of division of responsibilities to care for the specific needs
of mankind at three fundamental levels - the spiritual, the physical,
and the intellectual - was divinely appointed to each branch
with appropriate capabilities. Thus the contribution of Shem,
in terms of both true and false religious conceptions, has been
in the realm of the spirit. The contribution of Ham, in whom
are all the coloured races
and who are the originators of the ancient civilizations of both
the Old and the New World, has to do with technology which has
been unsurpassed. Japheth's contribution has been in the realm
of thought. Where
Japheth has applied his philosophical genius to the technological
genius of Ham, science has emerged. Where Japheth has
applied his philosophical genius to the spiritual insights of
Shem, theology has emerged. Thus
human potential reaches its climax when all three brothers (in
their descendants) jointly make their contribution.
The interaction of these three
contributions is the theme of this Paper. History bears it out
in a remarkble way and it is reflected throughout Scripture.
A STUDY OF THE NAMES IN GENESIS
The tenth chapter
of Genesis is a list of names: it is a record of the families
of Noah's three sons from whom (it is plainly stated in verse
32) arose all the nations of the world. This Table of Nations
has been questioned as to its validity, its date and its comprehensiveness.
From his study of ethnology, cultural and physical anthropology,
and history, Custance shows the origins, relationships, and patterns
of dispersion of all racial stocks.
This Paper also explores th evidence
that fossil man, pehistoric cultures, primitive peoples (ancient
and modern), and modern man are all to be derived from
these three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth.
WHY NOAH CURSED CANAAN INSTEAD OF HAM:
A NEW APPROACH TO AN OLD PROBLEM
Why Noah should curse
his grandson, the innocent party, instead of his son, the guilty
one, has been a puzzle. From his study of Cultural Anthropology,
Custance suggests a new - and simple - explanation.
It shows how necessary it sometimes
is to be able to escape one's own culture and enter into the
spirit of another culture that is structured differently in order
to see the real motives which lie behind even our own judgments
It also demonstrates how wonderfully
the Scriptures can encompass all kinds of behavioural patterns
and yet hold together with an inner concordance that still renders
it its own best interpreter.
THE TECHNOLOGY OF THE HAMITIC PEOPLE
If you enjoy
reading catalogues, then you may enjoy this Paper, for it is
a list of basic technological achievements. And what a wide ranging
list it is! And these inventions are traced back to the first
What is surprising - indeed, incredible
- is that the originator turns out to be, not a westerner, but
a member of the coloured races - every time!
They have been inventors par
excellence, being peculiarly ingenious in finding practical
solutions to practical problems which are simplicity itself -
a hallmark of genius. By building on their genius, we westerners
have greatly advanced civilization. Why they didn't, and we did,
is discussed in Part I and in Part V.
We have been great borrowers and
are somewhat tardy, and remiss, in acknowledging our debt, for
our ethnocentrism in writing history has obscured the fact demonstrated
in this Paper -- the great service the Hamitic people have rendered
A CHRISTIAN WORLD VIEW:
THE FRAMEWORK OF HISTORY
needs a purpose or 'explanation' to give significance to daily
existence. This continuing search for meaning encompasses not
only this present life but past and future, origin and destiny.
Down through the centuries histories of Man have been written
from varied points of view with varied explanations. This Paper
is from a biblical point of view.
The thesis is that God wished to
show forth that aspect of His being which angels have never comprehended,
namely, His love; yet without surrendering that part of His being
which they do comprehend, namely, His holiness. Centre stage
in this grand Plan is Man, having such a nature and in such a
situation that he would need to be redeemed - which could only
be achieved by the Incarnation and Self-sacrifice of the Creator
Himself on behalf of this Man. This Man must have the capacity
to respond to this love, an inventive genius to build a civilization
within which that love could be demonstrated, and an intellect
to understand his need of such a love.
History, personal existence,
the world, the universe - all find meaning and significance when
seen from God's perspective: the redemption of mankind. Man,
then, becomes the key to the Universe!
1975 published by Zondervan Publishing Co.
Copyright © 1988 Evelyn White. All rights
1997 published online
2001 2nd Online Edition corrected, edited and re-formatted
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