A biblical view of black history

(An excerpt from Race, Religion & Racism, Volume One, by Apostle Frederick K.C. Price)

Genesis 2:7-10:

And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

The LordGod planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.

And out of the ground the Lord God made every tree grow that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Now a river went out of Eden to water the garden . . . .

The Scripture does not say the river went out of the garden.

The name of the first is Pishon; it is the one which skirts the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold.

And the gold of that land is good. Bdellium and the onyx stone are there.

The name of the second river is Gihon; it is the one which goes around the whole land of Cush.

I want to note the word Cush: In the traditional King James [Bible], the word Cush is translated as “Ethiopia.” So we know that the land of Cush is today called Ethiopia.

Verses 14 and 15 go on to say:

The name of the third river is Hiddekel; it is the one which goes toward the east of Assyria. The fourth river is the Euphrates.

Then the Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to tend and keep it.

Adam is not told to keep Eden, but the garden of Eden. It is interesting that in describing the garden of Eden, the names Havilah and Cush (Ethiopia) are mentioned.

Havilah was a son of Cush, who was a son of Ham. Since Ham was black, Cush had to be black and Cush’s son Havilah also had to be black. It is not my contention that everyone in the Bible was black. However, in all fairness to the facts stated in the Bible—which contradict what the white church and society have been saying, that everyone was white—it’s clear that some people were black. Among

them were Ham, Cush and Havilah.

Liars have said that Ham was cursed with blackness. Slave owners said that black skin was a curse. But the Scriptures never say that black skin is a curse.  In fact, the garden of Eden was in a land that the Bible associates with black people: Cush and Havilah.

Indeed, since the time of Ham, this land was populated by Blacks. It had to be, since Ethiopia (the land of Cush) is located on the continent of Africa—not Europe.

One of Ham’s other sons was Mizraim and the word Mizraim in the Hebrew language translates to the English word Egypt. So if Ham was black and his son Mizraim was black, and Mizraim means Egypt, then the people of Egypt also must have been black, regardless of the lies in the movie The Ten Commandments, which depicts Pharaoh as white. I don’t care what he was, but I do care if someone

tells me he was something that he was not, and then uses that false information against me to keep black people enslaved.

Where is Egypt located? Of course it is on the continent of Africa. And even today it is still populated mostly by dark-skinned people, not by Caucasians.

So we know from a biblical perspective that the garden of Eden was in Ethiopia, on what later became known as the black continent of Africa, and that the Egyptians—also Africans—were black. What does science say about where the human race started and about what color the first human beings were? 

According to a 1988 article entitled, “The Search for Adam and Eve,” in Newsweek magazine:

The scientists’ Eve—subject of one of the most provocative anthropological theories in a decade—was more likely a dark-haired, black-skinned woman, roaming a hot savanna in search of food.  . . . Most evidence so far indicates that Eve lived in sub-Saharan Africa.  . . . [Scientists] think our common ancestor must have lived . . .  at least a million years ago, because that was when humans first left Africa and began spreading out over the world . . . .2

In this same article, noted Harvard paleontologist Steven J. Gould is quoted as saying:

It makes us realize that all human beings, despite differences in external appearance, are really members of a single entity that’s had a very recent origin in one place.

There is a kind of biological brotherhood that’s much more profound than we ever realized.3

Gould is not presenting his material from the context of the Scriptures; he is doing it as a scientist, yet he is telling us that we have a common brotherhood. God has been trying to tell us this since the beginning of time and, unfortunately, few people in the Church have been listening.

In Sex and Race, historian J. A. Rogers quotes from Key to Culture, in which Joseph McCabe says:

“Primitive man, let us remember, was a colored man, a dusky person . . . . Four thousand years ago, when civilization was already one or two thousand years old, white men were just a bunch of semi-savages on the outskirts of the civilized world. If there had been anthropologists in Crete, Egypt, and Babylonia, they would have pronounced the white race obviously inferior, and might have discoursed learnedly on the superior germ-plasm or glands of colored folk.”4

In the same book, Rogers asks this provocative question, “Were the Jews originally Negroes?”5 Rogers bases his question on the fact that “only seventy Jews went to Egypt, but according to the Bible, 600,000 men left it, which must have meant an additional two or three million women and children. Since the Jews were slaves their women were undoubtedly concubines of the Egyptians . . . . ”6

This situation parallels the situation in America thousands of years later when black women were concubines of the white slave masters and slave owners. As we all know, two black people cannot produce a mulatto; two black people cannot produce a quadroon; and two black people cannot produce an octoroon.7 It takes some white in the mix somewhere. And there was no way that the black slave could go into Massa’s house and take Massa’s daughter—Massa had to go out to the slave quarters and take the slave’s daughter. That is where these shades of color originated in our country.


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