Monday, February 17, 2014

Abraham's Maternal Line

Alice C. Linsley

Abraham's mother was his father's half-sister. She gave birth to Nahor and Abraham. Abraham was the younger and therefore not in line to ascend to his father's throne. He was a sent-away son to whom God gave a kingdom between Hebron and Beersheba, in the ancient land of Edom. The Greeks called this land Idumea, meaning "land of red people."

Note that both Hebron (where Sarah lived) and Beersheba (where Keturah lived) are in Edom. Abraham's territory extended between the settlements of his two wives and was entirely in Edom.

This was the land of the Horite rulers who are listed in Genesis 36. Abraham and his mother and father were kin to the Horite rulers. Among Abraham's Horim (Horite ancestors) blood line was traced through the mothers, as is still true for Jews today. One is a Jew by only two means: proper conversion or if one's mother is Jewish. Abraham's mother not identified in the Bible. Why? Her ethnicity is critical to understanding Abraham's lineage.

Abraham and his ancestors married exclusively within their Horite caste (endogamy). This is a characteristic of ancient castes. The Horites were closely associated with the Ha'biru (Hebrew) ruler-priests of Kush, Nubia and Egypt. Joseph married Asenath, the daughter of the priest of Onn (Heliopolis) on the Nile. Moses married Zipporah, the daughter of Jethro, the priest of Midian.

Since blood line and ethnicity were traced through the mothers, as with Jews today, it is surprising that the Bible does not tell us about Abraham's mother. Perhaps the final editor of Genesis (the Deuteronomist Historian) found this problematic because it means that Abraham was not the first Jew.

Here is what we do know:

She and Terah had the same father - Nahor. Nahor was a ruler in the Tigris-Euphrates River Valley. He was ethnically Kushite, a descendant of Nimrod, the son of Kush.

She is identified with Karnevo or Karnak. "Terah took a wife and her name was Amsalai, the daughter of Karnevo; and the wife of Terah conceived and bare him a son in those days." Jasher 7:50

Kar refers to an elevated shrine or "high place" and nak refers to rituals. Naak is the ritual removal of front teeth among the Nilotic Luo and the ancient Natufians. Therefore, Karnak means "place of rituals" and indicates a mountain temple or a water shrine.

Karnak on the Nile was a Horite temple. It is likely that Abraham's mother was the daughter of a Nilotic priest. She gave birth to 2 sons: Nahor and Abraham. Nahor was the older and he received his father's territory between Ur and Haran. This means that Abraham's mother was his father's half-sister, as only the first born sons of sister brides ruled after their fathers. This is one feature of the marriage and ascendancy pattern of Abraham's Horite ancestors.

The women in Genesis are Horite brides who married Horite ruler-priests. Abraham's father's name was Terah which means "priest" among his Nilotic ancestors. The daughters of priests married the sons of priests, and all are descended from the same rulers named in the Genesis King Lists.

Analysis of the marriage and ascendency pattern of Abraham's people indicates that his mother was his father's half-sister (as was Sarah to Abraham). She was of the Horite ruler caste. These rulers have the Canaanite Y, a solar symbol, at the beginning of their names: Yitzak, Yaqtan, Yisbak, Yishmael, Yacob, and Yosef are examples.

The Horites were closely associated with the rulers of Nubia, Kush, Egypt and Edom. Joseph married Asenath, the daughter of the priest of Onn (OXO, city of Anu, Heliopolis) on the Nile. Heliopolis was the geodetic center of Egypt. The pyramid triads at Giza, Zaqqara and Abusir are aligned to the obelisk at Onn. Baalbek in Lebanon, also called Heliopolis, aligns to Heliopolis in Egypt as well. Clearly this was a very prestigious shrine city.

In the ancient world these ruler-priests were called Ha-piru (Hebrew) or O-piru, the O being a solar image. My Luo friend and language consultant, John Ogutu, has noted a fascinating correpondance. He writes, "O'mbiru, obiru refers to a small house built like a shrine or as a symbol among the Luo. A man who died before he could built his house would have the mourners erect one before his burial." Many Hebrew words found in Genesis and Exodus have a linguistic connection to Luo.

Analysis of the marriage and ascendancy pattern of the Horites indicates that Abraham’s mother was a daughter of Terah the Elder and likely the sister of Keturah's mother. If so, Terah the Elder and Joktan the Elder (Keturah's father) married sisters, a common pattern with this caste. Cain and his brother Seth married sisters, the noble daughters of the Nilo-Saharan chief Enok.

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