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"For Instruction shall come forth from Zion, The word of the L-rd from Jerusalem." -- Isaiah 2:3

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GENESIS — 9:27 may

The Biblical verse is from the end of the Noah story and is a kind of original racial theory.  The text is Noah’s blessing and curse, expressing his fury at his son’s illicit sexual behavior.  He asserts the priority of Shem and Japheth against Canaan.  The Israelites will descend from Shem (Semites), while the to-be-conquered Canaanites will be from Canaan, who is the son of Ham (the brother of Shem and Japheth).  The Biblical text, therefore, asserts the welcome of Japheth within the Israelites, and the exclusion of the Canaanites.  WESOR 299-300
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