For years scholars, theologians, and
archaeologists have debated the answer to the question, "How did the Israelites
look physically?" Although the Bible and other historical documents have left
much proof of the physical appearance of the biblical Israelites, much of this
information is still unknown to the masses.
The popular belief today among Christians, scholars and theologians, is
that the people known as "Ashkenazi Jews" are the direct descendants of the
biblical Israelites. Can this be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt? The
answer to that is NO. The Bible, which will be used here as the main source,
supported by history and archaeology proves that the
Ashkenazi Jews are not the
physical descendants of the biblical Hebrews. In addition, it reveals who the
true descendants are. The answer may leave you in shock.
Israel is mentioned in the bible over 2,500 times. The scriptures contain
the Hebrews' entire history. In fact, no other people on the face of the Earth
have such an extensive recorded history, not even the ancient Egyptians. Every
thing we need to know about the ancient Hebrews is contained in Scripture. So,
let's examine these facts, information that to this day remains unknown or
hidden to many bible readers.
The history of the Israelite nation began in Egypt, the
Land of Ham. They
entered Egypt 66 in number, (not including Joseph, his wife and two sons who
were already in Egypt), and left numbering over two million people. Ancient
Israel spent 430 years in Egypt. For half that time they enjoyed good favor
with the Egyptians, but for the remainder of those years they were enslaved
and horribly mistreated by them.
One of the first facts
the Bible gives us about Israel (Ysrayl in the
Hebrew tongue) is in regard to their physical appearance. Throughout
scripture Israel is described as looking like the sons of Ham (Khawm in the
Ham was one of Noah's three sons, Shem and Japhet were the other two.
Noah's descendants repopulated the Earth after the Great Flood. Ham's
descendants are traced to the families of Africa. Ham (Khawm) in Hebrew
means BLACK, HOT AND BURNT.
Ham had four sons,
CUSH (Ethiopians / Cushites),
MIZRAIM (Egyptians / Khemet),
PHUT (Ancient Libyans or Somalian),
and CANAAN (Canaanite, the original inhabitants of the Land of Israel) Genesis
All four of Ham's sons and their descendants settled in and around the
Continent of Africa. This includes the so called "Middle East" that is also a
part of the Continent of Africa. Let us begin with the story of Jacob's second
Youngest son Joseph, and his time in Egypt. Joseph was one of the twelve sons
of Jacob (Yaaqob in Hebrew). Jacob sired Joseph in his old age, and he was
clearly his favorite son. This caused Joseph's brothers to become jealous of
him. Ultimately, their jealousy resulted in Joseph being sold by Arab
merchants as a slave to Egyptians.
Over the course of time Joseph became Viceroy of Egypt and was second in
command to Pharaoh in authority. There was a famine in Canaan, where Jacob and
his sons lived. (Pharaoh had a dream which Joseph interpreted. His dream told
of the forthcoming famine and gave Egypt an opportunity to prepare by storing
food.) So, Jacob sent his ten sons to Egypt to buy bread. When Joseph's ten
brothers came into Egypt they were brought before him. Joseph recognized his
brothers, but they didn't recognize him (Genesis 42:1-8).
Since the biblical Egyptians were a black-skinned people, Joseph had to be
black-skinned also. If he were white skinned, as over half the world's Jews
are today, his brothers would have recognized him easily among the
black- skinned Egyptians, or they would have been very curious as to why this
white-skinned Hebrew was ruling in Egypt. But his brothers just thought Joseph
was another Egyptian.
The ancient Egyptians of Joseph time were indeed what we know today as
black skinned. This is a fact attested to by many.
Gerald Massey, English writer and author of the
book, Egypt the Light of the World wrote, "The dignity is so ancient that the
insignia of the Pharaoh evidently belonged to the time when Egyptians wore
nothing but the girdle of the Negro." (p 251)
Sir Richard Francis Burton, a 19th century English explorer, writer and
linguist in 1883 wrote to Gerald Massey, "You are quite right about the
"AFRICAN" origin of the Egyptians. I have 100 human skulls to prove it."
Scientist, R. T. Prittchett, states in his book
The Natural History of Man,
"In their complex and many of the complexions and in physical peculiarities
the Egyptians were an "AFRICAN" race (p 124-125).
The Ancient Greek historian Herodotus, who visited Egypt in the 5th century
B.C.E., saw the Egyptians face-to-face and described them as black-skinned
with woolly hair.
Anthropologist, Count Constatin de Volney
(1727-1820), spoke about the race of the Egyptians that produced the Pharaohs.
He later paid tribute to Herodotus' discovery when he said:
"The ancient Egyptians were true Negroes of the same type as all native
born Africans. That being so, we can see how their blood mixed for several
centuries with that of the Romans and Greeks, must have lost the intensity of
it's original color, while retaining none the less the imprint of its
original mold. We can even state as a general principle that the face
(referring to The Sphinx) is a kind of monument able, in many cases, to attest
to or shed light on historical evidence on the origins of the people."
The fact that the ancient Egyptians were black-skinned prompted Volney to
make the following statement:
"What a subject for meditation, just think that the race
of black men today our slaves and the object of our scorn, is the very race to
which we owe our arts, science and even the use of our speech."
The testimony of the ancients,
the Bible, many Egyptologists, along with
archaeology confirms that the Egyptians during biblical times were a
BLACK-SKINNED PEOPLE. This is important to know, as we continue, we will see
that the bible on multiple occasions describes the ancient Hebrews as looking
like the Egyptians.
Next, in Genesis chapter 50 verses 7-11, scripture will describes ALL the
Hebrews as looking like the ancient Egyptians.
After Jacob (who's name was changed to Ysrayl - Israel) died in the
Egypt, all the Hebrews and Egyptians went down to the Land of Canaan to bury
him (He asked his son to bury him in the Land of Canaan with his forefathers
Verses 7-8 state that all the elders of Pharaoh's house and all the
elders of the Land of Egypt along with all the Hebrews (except for their small
children) went down.
VERSE 9 says, "It was a very great company."
VERSE 11 says, that the Canaanite saw the funeral procession and said "THIS
IS A GRIEVOUS MOURNING TO THE EGYPTIANS".
But remember this was a mixed multitude of Hebrews and Egyptians going to
bury a HEBREW, and the Canaanite identified them both as Egyptians. WHY?
Because the Canaanites saw a great company of black-skinned people who were
all probably dressed according to the customs and fashions of Egypt, and they
all looked liked native (black) Egyptians.
If the Hebrews were a white-skinned people, as we have been led to believe,
the Canaanite who were familiar with both the Hebrews and Egyptians would have
acknowledged them both by saying, "THIS IS A GRIEVOUS MOURNING TO THE
EGYPTIANS AND HEBREWS." The scripture goes on to say that the Canaanite named
the place where they saw this great mourning for a HEBREW Abel Mizraim which
means the meadow of Egypt/Mizraim or Mourning of the Egyptians.
Now let's go to the most famous story, of the Hebrews sojourn in Egypt,
which would be the story of Moses. Many years after the death of Joseph, His
brothers and all that generation that entered Egypt during the time he was
viceroy. The Hebrew population in Egypt grew tremendously. Because of this,
they were no longer looked upon as friendly neighbors. In fact, the Egyptians
considered them hostile enemies and enslaved them. (Other ethnic groups were
enslaved by the Egyptians during this time also.)
Because of the Hebrews' population growth the Egyptians decided they would
impose upon them their own form of birth control. Pharaoh decreed that all
Hebrew males are killed at birth (Exodus 1), this brings us directly to the
story of Moses.
Moses was born a Hebrew - Israelite from the tribe of Levi (Exodus 2:1-3).
He spent 40 years in the House of Pharaoh (Acts 7:23) and from the time he was
an infant, passed as the Pharaoh's grandson (Exodus 2: 6, 10). This was during
the same time that Pharaoh ordered all Hebrew males under the age of two to be
killed. So, if Pharaoh, was a black-skinned descendant of Khawm / Ham, which
he was, it would of course follow that Moses was black-skinned also.
Many Scholars say the Pharaoh who was on the throne of Egypt at the time of
Moses' birth, was Pharaoh Seti I. He was the father of Rameses II, the Pharaoh
of the oppression, also known as Rameses the Great.
George Rawlinson, an English author wrote a book entitled History of Egypt.
On page 252, he gives a description of Seti I. He states: "SETI'S FACE WAS
THOROUGHLY AFRICAN. HE HAD A STORMY FACE WITH A DEPRESSED FLAT NOSE, THICK
LIPS AND HEAVY CHIN.”
Moses had to have the same physical characteristics because again, he was
raised in the house of Pharaoh, as the grandson of Pharaoh, when Pharaoh
ordered all other Hebrew males to be killed at birth. If the Israelites were a
white-skinned people, how could Moses the Hebrew survive (secretly) in the
house of Pharaoh among black-skinned Egyptians for 40 years, and not be
Furthermore, after giving the decree (himself) to kill all Hebrew males,
how could Pharaoh face and rule over his people, if he knowingly had one
living in his house with all the rights and privileges of his own family?
Moses survived 40 years in the palace of Pharaoh because he was a
black-skinned man just as the Egyptians were. Just as the Canaanite couldn't
tell the Hebrews from the Egyptians. Pharaoh couldn't either, or Moses would
have been killed instantly.