Table of Contents
contains five Papers selected from a series of sixty published
by the author under the general title DOORWAY PAPERS, over a period of some fifteen years from 1957 to
The first Paper sets forth
the basic concept that from the three sons of Noah have arisen
three divisions of the human race which, even at this time, can
still be sorted out and identified with a measure of certainty.
Furthermore, each branch has made a unique contribution in the
course of human history, a contribution for which each seems
to have been divinely prepared. The second Paper is a somewhat
detailed analysis of the Table of Nations in Genesis 10, to establish
the validity of this threefold division. The third Paper is a
very short treatment of a problem passage in Genesis 9 which
has a direct bearing on the theme of this volume. The fourth
Paper is a very fully documented validation of a particular claim
made for one branch of the race which, at first sight, must seem
to be totally without foundation, but upon more careful analysis
turns out to be the most easily established of all. And the final
Paper is an exploration of the broader implications of the thesis,
with some thought given to the underlying causes (linguistic,
cultural, etc.) that have led each branch to continue making
its unique contribution throughout history.
It should be borne in mind by the
reader that each of these papers was originally published separately
and therefore there is some repetition.
It is tempting to ignore the notes
except to establish a source of information for a particularly
interesting piece of information. But the notes in this volume,
totalling more than seven hundred, are something more than merely
a bibliography. They are a reservoir of further ideas which bear
upon the papers, but which -- had they been introduced into the
text itself -- would have disrupted the immediate flow of thought.
If the Papers are read through without referring to the call
numbers, I believe it will still pay the reader to glance at
the notes at the foot of each page.