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.

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 descendents of Abraham with the mixture of other peoples, both Semitic and non-Semitic. The only people who might rightfully claim to be "pure blood" descendents 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. Abraham's people were Horites, a caste of ruler-priests, which is why to this day Jews call their parents "horim."

The idea that all Arabs are the descendents of Abraham by Hagar, Sarah’s Egyptian handmaid, is not supported by the genealogical data in the Bible. The majority of Arabs are descendents of Abraham by his wife Keturah who bore him six sons. These are the heads of 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."[1]


Isaiah 21:13 alludes to the "caravans of Dedanites" in Arabia, and Ezekiel 27:20 speaks of Dedan as supplying Tyre with precious things.[2]  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 separate people, Abraham’s people were Horites whose territory extended west-east from the Nile to Jordan and north-south from the Mediterranean to the Negev. This was the ancestral home of both Jews and Arabs, whose ancestors intermarried. It is ironic that both Judaism and Islam reject the faith of their Horite fathers! Perhaps that is why they fight brother against brother. Until both bow the knee to the Son of God, they will never enjoy peace in the land of their Fathers.

NOTES

1.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."

2. 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 geneologies indicate, the Horite lineage can be traced back to Eden.

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