Alice C. Linsley
There is considerable evidence for "the Afro-Asiatic Dominion" in which Abraham and his ancestors were rulers and priests. These rulers were regarded as semi-divine beings who exercised great power over their subjects and controlled the major water systems in their territories. Their priests were responsible for the diffusion of the Afro-Asiatic worldview and cosmology across a vast expanse from Bor-No (Land of Noah) near Lake Chad, to India and beyond. Anghor Wat was originally a Horite temple. Ankh-Hor means May Horus live! Wat means temple.
Abraham's people were Horites, a caste of ruler-priests who were devotees of the mythical Horus who was called the "Son of God," "Horus of the Two Crowns," and "Horus of the Two Horizons."
Horite does not designate a race or ethnicity. It designates a caste. The ancient world of the Afro-Asiatics was structured along caste lines. That said, the Horite worldview is distinctly Nilotic.
It is from the Horite priesthood that the priesthood of Israel developed. Moses' two brothers, Korah and Aaron, were both Horite priests before there was a nation known as Israel. Horite priests served in the temple in Jerusalem on a rotating schedule. I Chronicles 4:4 lists Hur (Hor) as the "father of Bethlehem". The author of Chronicles knew that Bethlehem was originally a Horite settlement in the heart of Horite territory.
The hard part of the research was finding evidence for the rule of Horite chiefs in the lands between Nok (Enoch) and Canaan and Haran. That piece of the puzzle has fallen in place with the discoveries of the ancestral tombs at el-Kirru in Sudan. The archaeological, linguistic and anthropological evidence connects the Kushite rulers with Abraham's Horite people.
What is the significance of this research?
First, it helps us to understand that Abraham and his people were rulers, not commoners. They were a noble people whose rulers preserved their royal bloodline through a unique pattern of intermarriage. I have shown that this pattern continues unbroken from the time of Cain and Seth (Gen. 4 and 5) to Jesus Christ.
Second, it also helps us understand that the Horite belief that a Son of God would come into the world dates to many thousands of years ago. The Bible is the testimony of people of faith, but not just any faith. It is the record of a people who lived in expectation of the appearing of a Son of God who would destroy the cosmic serpent and restore paradise. Their pattern of intermarriage remained unchanged because they believed that the Son of God would be born of their bloodline.
Third, the consistency of the kinship pattern of the Horite ruler-priests throughout the Bible reveals that the genealogical data is reliable for anthropological and historical research. Analysis of the kinship pattern of the priestly lines from Genesis 4-5 to Joseph, of the priestly line of Mattai, and Mary, daughter of the priest Joachim reveals traceable marriage pattern among the Horite ruelrs that is unique and consistent throughout the Bible. It shows that the priestly lines exclusively intermarried according to the pattern first found among Abraham's Kushite ancestors.
The kinship pattern of the rulers listed in the Genesis genealogies shows two lines of descent. One is traced through the cousin/niece bride who named her first-born son after her father. Example: Namaah, Lamech the Elder's daughter,(Gen. 4) married her patrilineal cousin Methuselah (Gen. 5) and named their first-born son Lamech. This pattern, which I call the "cousin bride's naming prerogative," is found with the names Joktan, Sheba and Esau, among others.
The other line of descent is traced through the first-born son of the half-sister bride, as Sarah was to Abraham. The ruler-priest lines of the two first-born sons intermarried, thus preserving the bloodline of those to whom God made the promise that a woman of their people would bring forth the Seed who would crush the serpent's head and restore Paradise.
This kinship pattern could not have been written back into the texts at a late date. It is the thread that weaves throughout the Bible, like the scarlet cord, from beginning to end.
Genesis is the account of Abraham's people whose worldview was essentially Nilotic since that is where his ancestors originated, as Genesis reveals. We should read the Bible as a trustworthy witness to the faith of the Afro-Asiatic (Aramaic) and Afro-Arabian (Old Arabic/Dedanite) fathers from whom we received this Tradition.
Reading reading: God's Word Never Fails; The Christ in Nilotic Mythology; Who Were the Horites?; Missionary Horite Priests; When the Sahara Was Wet
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3 days ago
Alice, I have followed your blog for quite some time and find it fascinating. If the Horites believed Horus was the Son of God, I assume they believed Osirus was God, and Isis the Mother Goddess. Is this correct? If Horus was the Son of God, is Jesus the Christ the second son of God. Are there more Sons of God to come? The title of this post is "Faith of the Fathers. Our Faith Too!". Is this the belief of the Orthodox Church. Can you clarify?
Thank you for such an interesting and educational blog. Lydia
I'm not sure what the Horites believed about Osirus and Isis. When it comes to ancient Egyptian mythology it is difficult to sort fact from fiction because much of what has been written has been motivated by glorification of Egyptian culture or by those interested in occult practices. I do know that the devotees of Horus regarded him as the Son of God. In my view Horus is a type for the Christ who was born Jesus ben Joseph in Bethlehem.
Though I am Orthodox and find that Orthodoxy affirms the catholicity of the faith of the Son of God, what I have written should not be taken as official Orthodox belief. I'm not an apologist for Orthodoxy, which needs no apology. I'm a biblical anthropologist who is attempting to put the data into perspective without forcing it into a preconceived idea.
Thanks for reading Just Genesis! Keep the thoughtful questions coming. :)
And what bibilcal anthropology too! It is a pleasure to frequent your blog.
Reading Sophocles and having studied a bit on Indian classical dance and drama( a semester module complete with performance- 'twas extraordinary!)- it seems to me that in such Indo-European culture- drama was an important part of life. What of the semites or the Afro-semites or the Afro-asiatics? No such thing in the temple worship in Jerusalem or in the temples of Egypt? And here i mean no mere dancing but dance drama as an art- the worship of Dionysos in Greece and of Krishna and Siva in India- is there something comparable among the people here under study? thank you.
Yes, drama was an important part of court life among Afro-Asiatic rulers. The book of Ruth was likely such a drama, performed to honor David's female ancestors. It opens dramatically with 3 widows on the Plain of Moab. Also, the women of Bethlehem form a chorus.
And we are told that a naked David danced with abandon before the Lord.
Indeed, F.G.S.A., dance remains central to communual celebrations among both Africans and Asians.
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