Tuesday, June 22, 2010

The Jewish Myth of Racial Purity

Alice C. Linsley


Who are the Jews? By definition a Jew is someone whose mother is Jewish or someone who properly converts to the religion of Judaism. But who are the Jews racial? They are a mixed people like the Arabs. The Semitic word for Arab is ereb meaning "mixed peoples." By this definition, Jews are also ereb.

Genetic studies have revealed that many who self-identify as Jewish are actually descendants of non-Jewish mothers, perhaps 80 percent of Ashkenazi Jewry. (Jon Entine. "Ashkenazi Jewish Women Descended Mostly from Italian Converts, New Study Asserts.")

A distinction should be made between Arabs and Islamic non-Arabs. Not all people who speak Arabic are Arabs. Many are non-Semitic peoples who came to adhere to Islam. True Arabs, like true Jews, are descendants of Abraham's ancestors with the mixture of other peoples, both Semitic and non-Semitic. The only people who might rightfully claim to be "pure blood" descendants of Abraham are those who stand in the royal priestly lines. These lines are found among both Jews and Arabs, as the priests of Shem and Ham intermarried.

J1 and T1 have a wide dispersion: Anatolia, Yemen, north-east Africa, Saudi Arabia, Madagascar, the Fertile Crescent, and the Caucasus. Where J1 and T1 are found in high frequency, mtDNA haplogroups HV, N1 and U3 are also present.  ZS227, a subclade of J1, includes the Kohanim (priest) haplotype found among some Jews and some Arabs.

Abraham's people were Horites, a caste of ruler-priests, which is why Jews call their parents Horim. Among these were the landed non-nobles of Egyptian and Syrian heritage, called fellahin. It is likely that some were descendants of the Horite rulers of old.

The Horim included royal priest lines of Southern Arabia long before the time of Islam. However, after Islam, the Arab conquerors of Israel did not marry women from the local population. David Ben-Gurion and Yitzak Ben-Zvi wrote a book Eretz Israel in the Past and in the Present (1979) in which they noted this fact on page 196:
"The fellahin are not descendants of the Arab conquerors, who captured Eretz Israel and Syria in the seventh century CE. The Arab victors did not destroy the agricultural population they found in the country. They expelled only the alien Byzantine rulers, and did not touch the local population. Nor did the Arabs go in for settlement. Even in their former habitations, the Arabians did not engage in farming... They did not seek new lands on which to settle their peasantry, which hardly existed. Their whole interest in the new countries was political, religious, and material: to ruler, to propagate Islam and to collect taxes."
Some of the Egyptian heritage residents of Palestine were likely the descendants of Abraham by Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian handmaid. Some were likely the descendants of Abraham by his cousin-wife Keturah. Keturah bore Abraham six sons. These are related to the Joktanite tribes of southern Arabia. The Bible tells us that these people intermarried with the offspring of Abraham’s other sons, Ishmael and Isaac. One of Abraham's sons by Keturah was Yisbak and Yisbak's daughter married Isaac.  She was Isaac's first wife and a half-sister, just as Sarah was Abraham's first wife and his half-sister.

Arabic, like the languages of Hebrew and Aramaic, is classified in the Afro-Asiatic family. Old Arabian script appears as early as the eighth century BC, with regional dialects across the Arabian Peninsula and the Levant. The greatest concentration of Old Arabic texts are found at Dedan. According to Genesis 10:7 and Genesis 25:3, Dedan descended from Kush and from Abraham by Keturah. Dedan's father was Abraham's first-born son Joktan. Dedan's brother was Sheba the Younger. So the Old Arabic script called Dedanite is the language of Abraham's descendents and Dedan was their ancestral homeland. Dedan extended the length of the Red Sea to the northern boundary of Ophir. It corresponds to the territory of the ancient Horites, devotees of Horus who was called "Son of God."



Isaiah 21:13 alludes to the "caravans of Dedanites" in Arabia, and Ezekiel 27:20 speaks of Dedan as supplying Tyre with precious things.  Dedan is associated with Uz in the hill country of Edom. Uz was the homeland of Job. Uz was Nahor's son by Milcah (Gen. 22:20). This is Uz the Elder whose grandson was Uz the son of Dishan (I Chron. 1:42). Dishan was a son of Seir the Horite and the brother-in-law of Esau the Younger. Here is Seir's Horite family:


 

In other words, long before we can speak of Jews as a people (umah, le'om or am), Abraham’s people were Horite Habiru (or Hebrew Horim). The Horites were a caste of ruler-priests who practiced endogamy. They were ethnically Nilotic, sometimes called Kushites. The Horite priests were devotees of Ra-Horus and Hathor.

In ancient texts the ruler-priest caste is known by various related names: Opiru, Hapiru, and Habiru (Hebrew). The number seven was sacred to them because it referred to the seven heavenly bodies which were viewed as ruling the heavens. This is evident in the Luo (Nilo-Saharan) word for seven: abiriyo. The word abir is a cognate of habiru. The Y suffix is a solar symbol that indicated divine appointment, as in the names of these Habiru rulers: Yaktan (Joktan), Yishmael (Ishmael), Yitzak (Isaac), Yosef (Joseph), Yetro (Jethro), Yeshua (Jesus/Joshua), etc.

Within this caste of ruler-priests there were sub-castes dedicated to stone work and metal work. Tutu was a high ranked priest in the service of Akhenaten. Tutu's titles included:

Overseer of all the craftsmen of the Lord of the Two Lands (Upper and Lower Nile)
Overseer of all the works of His Majesty
Overseer of silver and gold
Chief spokesman of the entire land

The king of Tyre was allied by kinship with David and sent skilled artisans to help David build a palace in Jerusalem. Hiram is also known as "Huram" and "Horam", which are versions of the shorter names Hur or Hor. According to Midrashic tradition, Hur was Moses’ brother-in-law, the husband of Miriam. Hur’s grandson was one of the builders of the Tabernacle. I Chronicles 4:4 lists Hur as the "father of Bethlehem", that is the patriarch of the place known as the "city of David". In other words, the king of Tyre and David were related. Their common ancestors were Horites, and as the Genesis genealogies indicate, the Horite lineage can be traced back to Eden.

The Horites believed that the Son of God would be born of their blood. They expected Him to come to visit them. This was fulfilled when Jesus Christ, the Son of God, visited Tyre (Matt. 15:21-28; Mark 7: 24). Here the Markan mystery is revealed, for we are told that in Tyre Jesus "could not pass unrecognized."

The king of Tyre was allied by kinship with David and sent skilled artisans to help David build a palace in Jerusalem. Hiram is also known as "Huram" and "Horam", which are versions of the shorter names Hur or Hor. According to Midrash, Hur was Moses’ brother-in-law, the husband of Miriam. Hur’s grandson was one of the builders of the Tabernacle. I Chronicles 4:4 lists Hur as the "father of Bethlehem", that is the patriarch of the place known as the "city of David". In other words, the king of Tyre and David were related. Their common ancestors were Horites, and as the Genesis genealogies indicate, the Horite lineage can be traced back to Eden, a vast well-watered world of the late Holocene.


Related reading:  Religion of the Archaic Rulers; Some Jews and Some Arabs Have Horite Ancestry; Abraham was a Descendant of Both Ham and ShemWho Were the Horites?; Jesus' Kushite Ancestors; Nicholas Wade. "Genes Suggest European Women at Root of Ashkenazi Family Tree." The New York Times (October 9, 2013); Ha'biru, Ha'piru, 'Abiru or Hebrew?; Y Chromosome Profile of 64% of European Men

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