Thursday, March 13, 2014

Abraham's Habiru Ancestors


Alice C. Linsley


Abraham is a pivotal figure in the Bible. He is the father of many peoples, the icon of faith, and a sent away son to whom God delivered a kingdom.

The Bible designates Abraham a Hebrew. The English word Hebrew comes from the ancient word Ha-biru/Ha-piru which referred to a caste of ruler-priests who regarded the Sun as the emblem of the Creator. They were sometimes called O-piru. Here the O is a solar symbol (lexeme). The east-facing temple was termed O-piru, meaning "Sun House" or "House of the Sun" and the priests at the water shrines were called W'pr.

The anthropological evidence suggests that this caste of priests shared many of the culture traits of the Biblical Hebrew, including a moral code similar to the Decalogue; circumcision; animal sacrifice on stone altars; endogamy (intermarriage of priest lines); belief in the bodily resurrection and expectation of a Righteous Ruler who would overcome death and lead his people to immortality.

In ancient images this Good God is shown with horns and a solar halo. This image is found from the Nile to the Kushan territories and as far as Northwestern France and Ireland. Among the Biblical Horites the archetype of Messiah was Horus. Among the Celts he was called Crom Dubh and among the Serbs he was called Hromi Daba or Hrom Div. He was regarded as the "Giving God."

Etruscan image, 520 BC

Crom Dubh and Hromi Daba are likely patterned on Horus. The rulers who were devotees of Horus who lived outside of the Nile Valley wore long beards and full moustaches. At Nile shrines Horus appears wearing the long horns of the Acholi cattle, as does his mother, Hathor. This Y shape is a solar cradle indicating divine appointment. Sometimes Horus images show him flanked by two lions, as in this image (ruti) from the Nile.




Another solar symbol among Abraham's ancestors is the lexeme Y, which designated a ruler. That is why many of the Habiru in the Bible have names that begin with Y, something that is more evidence in the Hebrew Bible. Some examples are: Yaqtan (Joktan), Yacob (Jacob), Yistzak (Isaac),Yosef (Joseph) Yetro (Jethro), Yishai (Jesse), and Yeshua (Joshua/Jesus). The Y was a solar cradle that indicated the ruler-priest, or the Habiru. The ruler was appointed by the overshadowing of the Sun.

Sargon I is said to have been of a virgin queen who was overshadowed by the High God. He was born in an O-piru. His home city was called Azu-piranu, meaning Anu House of God (The Creator was Azu in Akkadian, Asa in Chadic, Asha in Kushitic, Ashai in Hebrew; a Jerusalem priest was named Amashai in Neh. 11:13).

Here is a sign post pointing to the origins of Messianic expectation, or the Proto-Gospel, concerning the divine appointment of a virgin who is to bring forth the "seed" of God (Gen. 3:15). We recall the angel Gabriel's reply to Mary's question, "How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?" Gabriel explained, "The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore the Holy One which shall be born of thee shall be called the "Son of God." (Luke 1:34, 35)

The Habiru practiced endogamy. That is, they married only with other Habiru. The marriage and ascendancy pattern of their rulers is distinctive. It involved two wives. The first was a half-sister bride, taken in the man's youth. The second was a patrilineal cousin or niece, taken shortly before the son's rise to power. The first born son of the half-sister wife ascended to the throne of his father. So Isaac was heir to Abraham's territory which extended between Hebron and Beersheba. The first born son of the cousin bride named her son after her father because that son would serve as a minister in the territory of his maternal grandfather.

Consider this diagram which shows how the lines of Ham and Shem intermarried. Note also that Nimrod's wife name her first born son Asshur, after her father, indicating that she was his cousin bride.


The cultural context of these people is Kushite. The term "Kushite" is a general term for people who lived in the region of Kush along the Nile between about 1000 BC and 500 BC. Before the time of the Kushites, there were the Ainu, red and black Nubians, Habiru-Horite priests, the Ar or Aro clans, and Beja metal working clans, and Edo-Edomites.




The Kushites were the first to unite the Upper and Lower Nile and their influence is seen on the earliest dynasties of Egypt. Kushite rulers were heirs of the Nilo-Saharan rulers who venerated cows. Elements of their religious beliefs and practices were borrowed by the ancient Egyptians. The image (right) of Hathor-Meri, the mother of Horus, shows her overshadowed by the Sun. The Sun rests in the horns of a cow, a solar cradle (Y). The cow was Hathor's animal totem and she is shown at Nile shrines holding her child in a stable or manger.

The Horites believed that Horus was born at the winter solstice (December 24). The infant grew in stature from that day, even as from that day forward the Sun grows in strength as the days lengthen. The ancient Egyptian ritual involved placing a male baby before the image of Hathor and the priests placed gifts before the "divine son."


Abraham's Horim

Abraham's ruler-priest ancestors are called "Horites" (Horim). Horite kings are listed in Genesis 4, 5,11 and 36. Apparently, they had a distinctive reddish (ruddy) skin tone. They are called Horites because they were devotees of Horus, who was regarded as the "son" of the Creator. Prayers were offered to Horus and his Father, whose emblem was the Sun. The Horite priests greeted the rising sun with prayers and watched as it expanded across the horizon. We find the lexeme biru in the Arabic yakburu means “he is getting big” and with the intensive active prefix: yukabbiru means "he is enlarging."

The oldest known center of Horite worship is Nekhen (Hierakonpolis) in Sudan. Votive offerings at the Nekhen temple were ten times larger than the normal mace heads and bowls found elsewhere, suggesting that this was a very prestigious shrine. Horite priests placed invocations to Horus at the summit of the fortress as the sun rose. This is the origin of the morning ritual of devout Hindus (Agnihotra) and the Jewish Sun Blessing ritual (Birkat Hachama) that is performed every 28 years.

The Kushite peoples are descendants of Kush and Kush's sons Ramah and Nimrod. Kush is listed in Genesis 10 as one of Noah's grandsons. Noah lived about 2490-2415 B.C. when the Sahara was wet. Kush was the father of Nimrod, a great kingdom builder of the ancient world. Wherever the Kushite rulers went they were served by royal priests, scribes, warriors, and craftsmen. The ruler-priests built shrines and temples on the major water systems and collected taxes for commerce along the waters they controlled. They also weighed, measured and evaluated goods (Lev. 27).

Among these peoples were Nilo-Saharans, red and black Nubians and Ainu. Ainu is also spelled Annu, or Anu. Here is an image of an ancient Ainu priest from the Upper Nile (Nubia). Priests were called "tera" and Abraham's father held this title (Gen. 11:24-28). In the image below we find the distinctive beard, headdress, and staff of the Habiru among the Ainu. A similar headress with a horned front is found among Ainu elders even today.




(Compare this image to images of the Eastern Canadian Ainu and the Ainu of Northern Japan.)

Abraham's Ainu ancestors knew the Holy Name YHWY. The Holy Name has been traced back to the Upper Nile, the region from which Abraham's ancestors came. Moses knew that Name because his father Amram was Habiru and Moses' half-sister wife was Kushite.

The Bible speaks of these rulers as "the mighty men of old." They were kingdom builders who built cities, shrines and temples, and they controlled commerce on the major water systems of the ancient world. They migrated out of the Upper Nile Valley in different directions, but the main movement was to the east.



Migrations out of the Upper Nile traced genetically
R1-R1b 


DNA evidence confirms the Kushite migration out of the Nile Valley. There were many migrations out of Africa. The first took place about 120,000 years ago and the second about 70,000 years ago. About 18,000 years ago the distinction between R1 and R1b was evident. About 80% of men in Britain, Scotland and Ireland are in Haplogroup R1b.  The most recent expansion out of Africa is the Kushite expansion about 5500 years ago, and this furthered the spread of the Horite religion.

About 5200 years ago one of Abraham's very famous ancestors established a kingdom in the Tigris-Euphrates Valley. His name was Nimrod (of Nilotic origin), and he was a Kushite kingdom builder. Genesis 10 designates him as one of Kush's sons. The language of his kingdom was Akkadian and it is related to the languages of the peoples who lived along the Nile and in Southern Arabia. He married a cousin who named their first born son after her father. This is consistent with the marriage and ascendancy pattern of the Horite rulers.

Tracing languages is the work of comparative linguistics. Tracing involves looking for relationships between words in different languages by comparing phonemes. Phonemes are basic units of sound. The greatest diversity of phonemes is found closer to the point of origin in the region of Africa from which Abraham's ancestors came.


Modern languages can be traced to an extinct language spoken by our Stone Age ancestors in Africa. The further away from Africa a language is spoken, the fewer distinct phonemes it has.

Another way to track the relationship of languages is to investigate lexemes. A lexeme is a symbol which represents a whole complex of related ideas that embody a cultural concept. The Y is an example of a lexeme. It represents a cluster of related ideas including:
  • the appointed ruler
  • the ruler's authority
  • the ruler's territory
  • the ruler's people
  • the ruler's resources such as his herds and water sources
Other very old lexemes include T, W, O, V and Δ. The T represents the solar arc from east to west and the crossing from one side to another, as in crossing a river. It also is a symbol of blood in the human form (see T-yet, shown below).


W represents fluidity as in water and the curvature of women. WWT would indicate the crossing of waters. The ancient Egyptians called the land between the first and second cataracts of the Nile WaWaT. The water shrine or WaT was in the precinct of the royal palace. The ancient Egyptians referred to the water shrines and their attendants as w'pr.

The O is a symbol of the Sun, the emblem of the Creator and a symbol of the Creator's sovereignty over all the earth.

The V represents the concept of spreading apart: vagina, valleys, deltas, and basins. The Δ represents mountains, hills, fortified shrine cities, high temples, the heavens, and God.  High places were also symbolized by this symbol I, which originally represented a pillar. The high places were were temples were constructed so many ancient temples are designated by I, as is the case with Heliopolis (Biblical On/Anu) which is Iunu, and shown as the hieroglyph to the right. On was an Ainu shrine city. Joseph married the daughter of a priest of On.

These very ancient symbols eventually became letters via Egyptian hieroglyphs, the Phoenician alphabet, and through trade scripts which varied from place to place, the most recent of which is Ogham. These earlier symbols also stand behind the Kata Ainu script of Hokkaido and Okinawa and the Hebrew scrip, which are virtually identical.



A comparison of the Kata Japanese and Hebrew scripts reveals a connection that is likely explained by the fact that the earliest scripts were those used by priests attached to rulers over many regions worldwide. Priests were based at water shrines and commerce was conducted on the major rivers and water systems. (See Solving the Ainu Mystery.)


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