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Jan 2nd 2008, 09:02 PM
1. In my Bible, the serpent makes his first appearance in Chapter 3. Where in the bible does it give Satan's history?

2. Why did Noah curse Canaan?

Jan 2nd 2008, 11:47 PM
1. Where in the bible does it give Satan's history?

It doesn't.

2. Why did Noah curse Canaan?

There's been speculation on that. Some being that the nakedness was Noah's wife. But the bible only follows the curse after the fact.

Jan 3rd 2008, 02:32 AM
Isaiah 14 and Ezekiel 28 are seen by many preachers as background related to how Satan's fall came about. I used these verses in explaining the devil's pride and arrogance.

Canaan was cursed because of Ham, his father's actions. Many used the curse as a justification for slavery.

Hope this helps PJ

Jan 3rd 2008, 02:43 AM
Hello Teacup :)
2. Why did Noah curse Canaan?

Gen 9:22 And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside.

It was the telling, not the seeing. An OT principle, the actions of parents have consequences for their children. In mocking his father Ham lost the right of firstborn which passed to Shem, that's easy enough to understand - the same happened with Reuben.

What's difficult is why Canaan (but not Cush Mizraim and Put, Ham's other children) thereby came under Shem's children. The explanation is probably that it was prophetical (Noah being a prophet according to the NT) and was fulfilled when Joshua took the land from the Canaanites.

The racist interpretation of this verse which originated in the middle ages is completely bogus, since the other (North African) sons of Ham; Cush (Sudan), and Mizraim (Egypt), and Phut (Libya) did not ever serve Shem, in fact the opposite - these three nations made up the Egypt of the Pharaohs to whom Israel were slaves 400 years.

Jan 3rd 2008, 11:55 PM
Interesting, in the AV Bible, the name "Satan" does not show up until 1 Chronicles 21:1, however, the Hebrew word (Strong's 7854) shows first shows up in Numbers 22:22 and thereafter, "adversary" 7 times, "withstand" 1 time.

Blessings and Happy New Year,
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