Apparently, identifying Abraham and Jesus’ skin color is easy, according to Christian minister Donnie Swaggart. All you have to do is read about the Tower of Babel in Gen. 11 and assume that all Jews were/are fair-skinned Europeans.
This video, a few months old, has been making its way around the Internet Monday. There isn’t much context given, such as when Pastor Donnie Swaggart (yes, Jimmie Swaggart’s son) made these remarks and what exactly was being discussed as a theme.
But what Swaggart says in this video is pretty much all the evidence one needs to know that this man did not go to seminary, never read anything about biblical history, culture, anthropology — basically, he’s ignorant yet somehow responsible for the spiritual well-being of a whole group of people.
Watch: Donnie Swaggart Says Jesus, Abraham and God are all white:
Here’s a bit of biographical info (likely inflated) from Jimmie Swaggart Ministries’ website about Donnie Swaggart:
As the only son of Evangelist Jimmy Swaggart and his wife Frances, Donnie exudes the same evangelistic enthusiasm and cloak carried by his father and in this short biography of Donnie Swaggart, we hope to disclose a little of what makes him tick. His dynamic and hard-hitting preaching style is all his own and having been invloved in full time ministry for over 25 years, Donnie Swaggart continues to be passionate about the tremendous call that God has placed on his life. His ministry has taken him across the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Europe ( including Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and France ), Ukraine, South America (including Brazil, Mexico Colombia and Costa Rica), South Africa, Australia, Papua New Guinea, Nigeria, India and the Democratic Republic of the Congo but he returns home to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where Donnie makes his home with his wife Debbie. In addition to traveling the world in evangelistic ministry, Donnie functions under the title of Pastor/ Evangelist, and is co-pastor of the Family Worship Center Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
H/T: The Old Black Church
You can read a Got Questions? response to the issue of race and the Tower of Babel here. It’s not the greatest response, but it’s a start.
If you would like to be educated about “race” (actually ethnicity and people groups) in the ancient near east or in antiquity…visit your local library.