Alice C. Linsley
Josephus reports that the descendants of Abraham by Keturah were called "Horites" and, quoting an ancient historian, speaks of them as "conquerors of Egypt and founders of the Assyrian Empire." Keturah was Abraham's cousin bride and her first born son was Joktan or Yaqtan. He is identified with the Joktanite tribes of Arabia.
The Jews call their ancestors Horim and the Muslims refer to their righteous ancestors in heaven as Houris. Horim and Houris are "Horite" in English.
As we have seen in Busting Myths Concerning Abraham, Abraham's people were Horites, a caste of ruler-priests who originated in ancient Kush. They spread their religion across the ancient Afro-Asiatic Dominion. The Horites were devotees of Horus, the archetype by which Abraham’s descendants would recognize Jesus as the Messiah and the fulfillment of God's promise (Gen. 3:15) that a woman of the Horite bloodline would bring forth the Seed who would crush the serpent's head and restore Paradise.
Isaac, one of Abraham’s 9 sons, was a Horite. His tribal confederation consisted of 3 sons: Esau, Jacob and Yishbak (the grandson of Yishbak the Elder who is named in Gen. 25:1). This is consistent with a trait of Horite rulers whereby 3 sons were designated as heads of clans and these 3 clans represented a tribal unit. Other examples include Jubal, Jabal and Tubal, Uz, Huz and Buz and Og, Gog and Magog. Not all 3-son confederations involved alliterative sets however, as is apparent from the confederations of Haran, Na-Hor and Abraham. However, the common occurrence of alliterative sets in naming is suggestive of this confederation for Abraham's sons: Yitzak (Isaac), Yishmael (Ishmael) and Yishbak.
Yishbak means “sent away” and this is referenced in Genesis 25:6 which says that Abraham’s gave gifts to all his sons and sent them away from Isaac.
Martin Noth, in his seminal work "The Scheme of the Twelve Tribes of Israel" (1930), showed that the Twelve Tribes of Israel did not exist prior to the covenant assembly at Shechem described in the book of Joshua. The 12-tribe organization appears to be an attempt to neatly classify the ruler descendents of Noah according to a celestial pattern. The older organization comprised three sons of the same father. Where three sons appear in Genesis we have a code indicating a joining of three clans or a tribal unity. Perhaps this is why Leah named her third son Levi, meaning "joining" (Gen. 29:34). Likely Leah hoped that she would be credited (and loved?) by providing Jacob with the three sons necessary to establish a tribe.
The 3-son confederation of rulers is still evident long after Abraham. The Kushite ruler Piye united Nubia and Egypt and established the 25th Dynasty. Before his death, Piye divided his kingdom between his 3 firstborn sons, whose names were Sheba, Shebit and Tahar. The appear in history as Sheba-qo who ruled in Thebes, Shebit-qo who ruled in Napata, and Ta-har-qo who ruled in Memphis. Sheba-qo revived the office of high priest, which he awarded to his son Hori-makhet who was high priest in Thebes. Here we see a clear reference to Horus. Hori refers to Horus and Horite. Clearly, the term Horite can't be taken anachronistically when speaking of Abraham's descendants as late as 700 B.C.
Meroitic had an honorary suffix qo as in the names Sheba-qo and Shebit-qo. These are linguistically equivalent to the biblical name Sheba, an ancestor of Abraham and his cousin-wife Keturah. Sheba is named in Genesis 10. The clans of Sheba (Sabaea) are close relatives of the Joktanite tribes of South Arabia. The territory of Sheba is referred to 24 times in the Hebrew Bible. Beer-sheba, Keturah's home, was at the northern end of the territory of Sheba. The Joktanite tribes descend from Abraham through Keturah.
Intermarriage Among the Horite Ancestors of Arabs and Jews
Abraham’s Horite sons married kin so it is not likely that all Abraham’s descendants through Isaac are Jews. Both Arabs and Jews have Horite ancestors. This is why the Kohan genetic marker is found among Arabs as well as among Jews. Only the Horite priestly lines are "pure blood" descendants of Abraham because are only those in the Horite priestly lines intermarried exclusively.
Both Arabs and Jews are descendants of Ham and Shem whose lines exclusively intermarried, as did the lines of Cain and Seth before them. The marriage pattern involved 2 wives living in separate households on a north-south axis. One wife was a half-sister (as was Sarah to Abraham) and the other wife was a patrilineal cousin of niece (as was Keturah to Abraham).
The brides are the key to understanding the ethnicity of Abraham's people who were Horites, a caste of ruler-priests who originated in ancient Kush. The Kohan DNA or "priest marker" is identifiable and distinctive because Horite priests married daughters of priests exclusively. The haplotype studies based on mitochondrial samples reflect the women since we receive the mtDNA from our mothers. DNA studies confirm that the Horite ancestors of the priests of ancient Israel did marry exclusively within the priestly divisions/lines, which is what analysis of the Biblical genealogy material shows. This is the blood ancestry of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Isaac's Two Wives
Isaac had 2 wives, as did all his Horite ruling ancestors. The wife who isn't mentioned was a half-sister who lived in Beersheba. She bore Isaac a son named Yishbak, so Isaac had at least three sons: Esau who married a Horite daughter (Gen. 36), Jacob who married into the Horite clan of Na-Hor, and Yishbak (also spelled Ishbak, following modern Hebrew). Yishbak the Elder is mentioned in Gen. 25:1. He is Abraham's son by Keturah. His daughter married Isaac and named their firstborn son Yishbak, according to the Horite custom which I have identified in my 34 years of research on Genesis. I've called this distinctive practice "the cousin bride's naming prerogative."
Isaac’s sons were not Jews, but Horites like their father and grandfather Abraham. That is why Esau the Elder married into the line associated with Seir the Horite (Gen. 36) and why Jacob married into the Horite line of Na-Hor. See diagram and note that there are 2 named Esau. Esau the Elder married Adah, the daughter of the Horite ruler Elon. Esau the Younger was Esau the Elder's grandson. Esau the Younger married Oholibamah, a high-ranking Horite maiden.
Yishbak, Isaac's Firstborn
Isaac's 3 sons were Esau, Jacob and Yishbak. Since Isaac married his half-sister before he married Rebecca, as was the pattern among Horite rulers, Yishbak is likely Isaac's firstborn son. Yishbak, son of Isaac is not explicitly mentioned in Genesis but he is found in analysis of the Genesis genealogies. He is inconvenient for those who seek to perpetuate myths about Abraham as a Jew and Isaac as the line through whom the Jews claim exclusive rights to the Land of Palestine.
The evidence for Isaac’s sister wife is rather hidden, as is the identity of Abraham’s Horite mother. It appears that the final editors of Genesis wanted to preserve the claim of Isaac as the son of promise through whom Israel would claim the Land. It wouldn’t do to admit that Isaac had other children by an Arabian wife of the house of Sheba, or that Abraham’s mother was the daughter of a Horite ruler-priest. Yet the kinship pattern of Genesis provides the essential information to draw these conclusions and to justify them on the basis of the text alone.
Related reading: Who Were the Horites?; Christ's Kushite Ancestors; Are Zionism and the Bible in Agreement?; The Afro-Arabian Dedanites; Petra Reflects Horite Beliefs