Genesis chapter 10 is known as the Table of Nations, where the Bible tells us how the three sons of Noah repopulated the earth after the Flood. Few passages of scripture are more controversial than Genesis 10 as it has caused endless debates regarding ethnicity and race. However, to understand the African connection to Israel, we must start at the beginning. This is not an attempt to solve any deep anthropological mysteries, but rather point to the line connecting Israel and the continent of Africa, to clarify words as well as their meaning.
Washington, Dumisani. Zionism and the Black Church, 2nd Edition: Why Standing with Israel Will Be a Defining Issue for Christians of Color in the 21st Century
This story is often referred to as the Curse of Ham. For generations, this text was used to justify, even celebrate the enslavement and subjugation of African people. The curse was defined as black skin and was a sign of perpetual servitude. Of the many things incorrect about this teaching, two are most glaring: 1. Nowhere in Genesis nine is hue or skin color mentioned. 2. Ham was not cursed. His son, Canaan, was. Most people believe Ham was cursed and, therefore, so were all black people of African/Hamitic descent. However, careful study of the Scriptures reveals that the curse was placed upon Canaan (Gen 9.25), a son of Ham. However, Ham’s other sons, Mizraim, Phut, and Cush . . . were not cursed. This particular curse justified Abraham’s inheritance of the land of Canaan as his blessing because Shem and his descendants (Gen 9.26) received the blessing of his father Noah
Washington, Dumisani. ibid.