| The Sons of Ham–Cush (Ethiopians) & Mizraim (Egyptians)
& Phut (ancient Lybians or Somilians) & Canaan – “Genesis 10:6”
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 Although the Bible and other historical
documents have left much proof of the physical appearance of the biblical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.
Gen.10:6 Ham’s descendants were Cush, Egypt, Put, and Canaan.
7 Cush’s descendants were Seba, Havilah, Sabtah, Raamah,
and Sabteca. Raamah’s descendants were Sheba and Dedan.
8 Cush was the father of Nimrod, the first mighty warrior on the earth.
9 He was a mighty hunter whom the LORD blessed.
(God’s Word Translation)
10 The first cities in his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Accad,
and Calneh in Shinar Babylonia. 11 He went from that land to
Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth Ir, Calah,
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 Hebrew tongue).
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,
Genesis 10:6-19.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.
The foundations of ancient Chaldea, were laid as early as those of Egypt.
In fact they were the sister colonies of a parent state. The earliest civilized
inhabitants were Sumerians. 5000 B. C. the land was full of city-states.
The Sanskrit books of India, called Chaldea one of the divisions of Cusha-Dwipa,
the first organized government of the world. These Sumerians were the
inventors of the cuneiform system of writing, which was later adopted by their Semitic conquerors.
The northern division of Babylon was called Accad, comprehending Babylon,
the southern Sumer, including Erech and Ur. North of Accad were the Semitic
(Hamitic) tribes which so largely made up the blood of Assyria in later days.
Gen.10:8 Cush was the father of Nimrod, the first mighty warrior on the earth.
9 He was a mighty hunter whom the LORD blessed. (God’s Word Translation)
10 The first cities in his kingdom were Babylon, Erech, Accad, and Calneh
in Shinar Babylonia. 11 He went from that land to Assyria and built Nineveh,
Rehoboth Ir, Calah.
We know that Nimrod was the son of Cush. Babylon had two elements in her
population in the beginning. The northern Accadians and the southern
Sumerians were both Cushites. The finds of recent explorations in the
Mesopotamian valley reveal that these ancient inhabitants were black,
with the cranial formation of Ethiopians.
The art, science and culture of the earlier unmixed Chaldeans was Cushite.
Rawlinson speaking in his Ancient Monarchies decided that the ruins of Chaldea
show Cushite origin. The names of Chaldea and Ethiopia are linked in a way to
render any other interpretation impossible. The great city of the earlier period
was Niffer a corruption of Nimrod. The language of the ruins is radically
different from the Semitic tongue of the Assyrian empire.
Rawlinson said concerning the Babylonians said, “Though not possessed of many
natural advantages, the Chaldean people exhibited a fertility of invention
, a genius of energy which places them high in the scale of nations and most
especially those descended from Hamitic stock.
“The Chaldean Noah entered the ark with his wife and children.
Upon the recession of the waters he sent out three birds three times.
He built an altar and offered sacrifice.
The life of the Semitic and Hamitic races must have been closely
associated after the deluge. So close is the apparent relationship,
that some authorities have looked upon Abraham as Hamitic.
Abraham came from Ur of the Chaldees. But he descended by direct
line front a Semitic father. His mother may have been Hamitic for Abraham
was spoken of as a Chaldean.
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 sen
t 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
“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 Land of 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.”vs. 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
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 noticed.
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.
One of the newly reconstructed images of King Tut
Above is one of the pictures of the reconstructed image of King Tut.
This image comes from the Discovery.com website, it is from a soon to be aired
program called the “Assassination of King Tut”. The image was put together from the
skeleton of the King by using forensic science and sophisticated computer programs.
King Tut and the Egyptians of biblical times were a black skinned people.
Let the pictures tell the story. The Truth is beginning to come forth, Praise Yah.
Hebrew. So Moses had to flee from Egypt for his life because Pharaoh found out and
sought to kill him (Exodus 2:12-15).
Moses fled to the land of Midian where he helped seven daughters of the priest of
Midian water their flock, after chasing away some bully shepherds.
The girls went home to their father, Reuel and told him what happened.
They told him that an EGYPTIAN saved them and watered their flock (Exodus 2:16-19).
Notice they didn’t say a Hebrew in Egyptian clothing saved us, and they described
Moses as a black-skinned descendant of Ham (Egyptian). Further proof that Moses was black-skinned can be found in Exodus 4:6-7.
In this passage YHWH, (The Creator’s name in Hebrew) is showing Moses miracles so
that he can prove to the children of Israel who sent him. YHWH or the abbreviated
Yah tells Moses to put his hand into his bosom, which he does. When he takes his
hand out, it is LEPROUS (White) as snow. If Moses was already white-skinned,
what would have been the miracle in turning his hand white?
But, since Moses and the rest of the Hebrews were a black skinned people,
this would have been a very powerful miracle, to turn his hand (skin)
the opposite color of the rest of his flesh.
Verse 7 says, Yah told Moses to put his hand back into his bosom, and it turned as his
other flesh. Meaning that the rest of his body (skin) was other than white or the
opposite of white, which is black.
In the book of Numbers, chapter 12 verse 1, Moses’ sister and brother,
Miriam and Aaron spoke out against him because he married an Ethiopian woman,
(not because she was black skinned, but because she was of another culture. Nation)
their behavior angered Yah. Verse 10 says, He TURNED MIRIAM LEPROUS, WHITE AS
SNOW. Once again if Miriam, who was a Hebrew, was white to begin with,
what would have been the curse of turning a white-skinned person white?
HOLLYWOOD VERSION OF
From what history has taught us concerning the Hebrews Physical appearance,
it is apparent that the Hollywood depiction of Moses is at the very least inaccurate,
and at the most could be viewed as a racist misrepresentation.
Acts 21:37-38 states that Paul, (Shaul in Hebrew) the apostle, was being led into a castle by a chief captain. Paul spoke to the chief in Greek, asking permission to speak with him. The chief captain was surprised that Paul could speak Greek and in Verse 38, asks Paul, “Are not you that EGYPTIAN?” Paul responded, (Verse 39) “I am a man of Israel (Hebrew).”
In order for this chief captain to mistake Paul (the Hebrew) for a black-skinned Egyptian, Paul had to look like an Egyptian, as scripture tells us the whole nation of Israel did. This is why in the book of Matthew 2:13, the angel of Yah told Joseph to arise and take the young child Yahshua, (The Messiah’s true Hebrew name is Yahshua) and his mother Mary (Miriam in Hebrew) and FLEE INTO EGYPT. He was told to stay there until he received further instruction, because Herod would seek the young child to destroy him.
Joseph, Miriam and Yahshua were told to flee into Egypt, (Africa) not for military protection, because during this time, Egypt was a Roman province under Roman control. They fled into Egypt because Egypt was still a “black” country, populated by a majority of black-skinned people (Egyptians). Joseph, Miriam and Yahshua would have been just another black-skinned family among many. Remember, they fled into Egypt to HIDE from Herod who was seeking to kill Yahshua.
If Yahshua and the rest of the Hebrews looked like those pictures of the “Christian Christ”, it would have been hard for him to hide in Egypt and not be noticed. NOTE: the above fact about Yahshua hiding in Egypt was attested to by a biblical scholar on a BBC produced program last year (2001).
The Program was called ‘THE COMPLETE JESUS’. The scholar stated that it would have been hard for Yahshua to hide among the Egyptians, if he didn’t look like the Egyptians, he was saying that Yahshua could not have been white skinned. He admitted in the program that Yahshua was a dark /black-skinned man.
Now back to our lesson.
He also made mention that the Israelites of the first to third centuries wore their hair in Afro’s. This is only the tip of the iceberg, you can’t hold down the truth.
Herod was put on the throne of Israel by the Romans, and Egypt was under Roman dominion. All Herod had to do was check with the Roman officials in Egypt to find out if there were any Hebrews with baby boys around. But, since the Hebrews and the Egyptians looked the same physically, it would have been hard to single out a Hebrew family among the Egyptians.
When Joseph, Miriam and Yahshua fled into Egypt, they were among people who look like the couple in the above picture. As was mentioned, the ancient Egyptians were the descendants of Noah’s son, Khawm, or Ham in English. Khawm means black, hot and burnt. The ancient Egyptians of biblical times called their land and themselves Khemet, which in their tongue means “THE LAND OF BLACKS.” The word Khemet is nothing but a variation on the word Khawm in the language of ancient Egypt.
In Psalm 78:51, Egypt is called “The House of Ham (Khawm).”
“…AND SMOTE ALL THE FIRSTBORN IN EGYPT; THE TABERNACLES (HOUSE) OF HAM (KHAWM).”
Psalm 105:23,27 calls Egypt the land of Khawm (Ham),
Verse 23 “ISRAEL ALSO CAME INTO EGYPT; AND SOJOURNED IN THE LAND OF HAM (KHAWM).”
Verse 27 “THEY SHOWED HIS SIGNS AMONG THEM, AND WONDERS IN THE LAND OF HAM (KHAWM).”
The Bible calls Egypt the land of Khawm, and remember one of the meanings of Khawm is black, so The Bible is calling Egypt “The Land of Black” which is what Khemet means. Egypt is called the land of Khawm because the Egyptians were descendants of Noah’s son Khawm. This is more than likely the reason they called themselves Khemet. The Bible supports the fact that the Egyptians were a black-skinned people.
Statue Of Pharaoh Mentuhotep II 2040 B.C.E.
Pictured above is a statue of Mentuhotep II, found in his tomb in Egypt. He unified Egypt / Khemet and relocated the capitol to Waset (Thebes / Luxor). He is the father of the princess captioned below. By now it should be clear what color the Egyptians were. Don’t forget, this is what THE BIBLE says the children of Israel looked like.
Tomb Drawing of an Ancient Egyptian Princess
Above is a tomb drawing of the ancient Egyptian Princess AU-Shead (This may not be the correct spelling, but it is how her name is pronounced). She was the daughter of Pharaoh Mentuhotep II (above). This painting was taken from the wall of her father’s tomb.
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