Proverbs 18 4-18-22

Some of the best scientists in history took the Bible at its word and launched their research on that basis. Smart!

11 Honest scales and balances belong to the LORD; all the weights in the bag are of his making [the LORD is the creator of all things mathematical and scientific].

I’m reading a book called, “Traced*.” It is a microbiologist’s journey into the heritage of the human race. It’s quite interesting, albeit a little technical. Nonetheless, there are some very revealing historical notes in it. Here is one concerning slave trade:

The Trans-Atlantic slave trade was one of two major forced African diasporas. While the one in the Americas ( the Trans-Atlantic slave trade) might be more familiar, the statistics for it might not. Based on current evidence, around 12 million Africans were enslaved, with 10.7 million surviving the journey to the Americas. Fifty percent disembarked in South America. The remaining half were divided between the Caribbean (40%) and the U.S. (10%). Less than 1% ended up in Europe. Based on the few slaves (~100,000) that were rescued from slave ships near the end of the slave trade, about two-thirds of the slaves were men; the rest, women. In terms of geography, slaves were bought almost exclusively on the west coasts of both West and Central Africa. Though the Trans-Atlantic slave trade lasted more than 300 years, the late 1700s and early 1800s saw the peak in this nasty transport of human cargo.

Interesting, yes? It’s been 400 years since the slave trade was abolished, but since most Africans had no way of getting home, they lived their lives where they ended up. The inevitable “mixing of DNA” over time has made tracing back African lineage interesting, and the slave trade made it murky. Suffice it to say that African blood is intermixed across the board in the Americas and the Caribbean, and even Europe. What is even more interesting is that the DNA of Europe, Asia, and Africa all come together somewhere in the past even before that! I haven’t gotten to that part of the book, yet. I’ll let you know.

What about the second major forced African diaspora? We will look at that one tomorrow.

Abba, I love the way science and research is proving Your Word to be true. You say that mankind came from one couple; science is now proving that claim to be true. Keep revealing truth, Lord. We need it! Amen.

*”Traced” Human DNA’s Big Surprise, Nathaniel T. Jeanson, Masterbooks.com

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