I spoke yesterday about a little known postscript to the 'Noah and the Ark' story in Genesis 9. Many people know the story of Noah's heroic efforts in the face of the great flood but a less often told story is what happened after they had settled on the land.
Noah, possibly still struggling to deal with the trauma of multiple genocides, gets himself so drunk that he ends up naked and unconscious. Not quite the hero we had come to know. His son, Ham, accidentally finds him in this state and after getting his brothers to help cover up the offense, also finds himself taking the blame.
The story is used aetiologically to explain (or perhaps justify) the existence of the slavery of one nation in the service of another. I guess there's a good reason why we might like to forget it but I think it's an even better reminder for us to read the whole text of the Bible. We need to accept the existence of these passages and the way they have been used over many centuries whenever we talk about the inspiration, authority and use of our Scriptures.