Friday, October 22, 2010
Beyond Roots: In Search of Blacks in the Bible (EDITOR'S PICK)
Beyond Roots: In Search of Blacks in the Bible
by William Dwight McKissic, Sr.
ALEX HALEY'S search for his roots restored to many Black Americans a long-lost sense of heritage.
But it also made many of wonder just how deep our roots might sink into the fertile ground of human history. Does the legacy passed on to us-reach back to a time when Christ walked with us-perhaps even to the moment of creation? For the Christian, the questions become even more pointed: what role did dark skinned people play in the early days of historic Christianity?
In Beyond Roots: In Search of Blacks in the Bible, Rev. William Dwight McKissic launches a search of his own, taking us from the days of Kunta Kinte to the very birth of humanity. His exegetical and historical perspectives shed light on important considerations for all Black believers:
1) Were there prominent Black characters in the Bible? Who were they? What role did they play?
2) Were any of the biblical writers Black?
3) Is there biblical evidence of a "curse" on dark-skinned people?
4) Did Black people receive Christ in slavery, or did they bring their faith with them to the shores of America?
5) Were there Black people on the earth before the days of Noah?
6) What role did the Africans play in the early days of the Christian faith?
Beyond Roots: In Search of Blacks in the Bible picks up where traditional theological training leaves off and restores to Black Christians their biblical birthright.
Editor's Note: This book was published 20 years ago in 1990. Though, Rev. McKissic does not demonstrate knowledge that "African-Americans" are indeed Israel, the historical background of the Bible that he shares is tremendously profitable. This book is an excellent tool to encourage further study into who we are as Israelites and the historical context from which we come. Lastly, it must be understood that not all people that are dark and brown-skinned are from the line of Ham. The Bible teaches us that Noah had 3 sons Shem, Ham, and Japheth. Jacob, who became Israel, was the first Israelite, and the progenitor of the Black Hebrews. Jacob is from the line of Shem. Jacob had 12 sons and from these the children of Israel, as a nation emerged. The line of Shem comprises a dark-skinned people which look like Ham in appearance. African-Americans, are in actuality, from the line of Shem, and not Ham as is erroneously purported. The so-called "Hamitic Myth" has its roots in the Jewish Babylonian Talmud (see BT Sanhedrin 108b)