Humm....talking about racism....
Well, I am not going to discuss whether or not Jesus existed, because you can find evidence that proves both sides....althou imo, the evidence in one
side outweights the other.... Well, getting back to the topic.
Concerning which race the first Jewish people were.... First you have to realize that the original Jewish people had contact with black people
" Blacks and Jews have been involved in a re-evaluation of their current and historical relationship. Events of the past several months have raised
both tensions and the level of rhetoric coming from all sides. The Secret Relationship Between Blacks and Jews is a historical accounting of the
part of the relationship that has been ignored by both Blacks and Jews. Most people are not even aware of the extensive record of encounters between
the two groups prior to the 20th century. The Honorable Louis Farrakhan referred to this well-documented history in 1984 and was immediately labeled
What exactly does that contact mean, and when did it start? It seems it started with Amenhotep II, one of the people he "had collected as booty"
circa 1420 BC were the Apiru. I have listed a source below.
First thing first., some evidence suggests the earliest reference we can find of the Jewish people is from a Syrian statue from the city Alalakah
dated in the 1550 BC. It refers to a group of Hapiru warriors from the land of Kin'anu. There is also many similarities between these people and the
Ibri, or 'Bry.
Statue of Idrimi
Late Bronze Age / Syrian, 16th century BC
From Tell Atchana (ancient Alalakh), modern Turkey
" The statue is inscribed in faulty Akkadian, using a poor cuneiform script, with an autobiography of Idrimi. It is a unique type of text signed by
the scribe who wrote it. Idrimi was one of the sons of the royal house of Aleppo, which was subject to the powerful kingdom of Mitanni. The territory
of Aleppo included the smaller city state of Alalakh. Following a failed revolt, Idrimi and some of his family fled to Emar (now Meskene) on the
Euphrates, which was ruled by his mother's family. From there he went south to live among nomads in Canaan (the earliest known reference to this
land). Here he gathered troops and received popular support and help from his family.
In time he made overtures to Parattarna, the king of
Mitanni, who recognized his control of Alalakh. The inscription states that he had been ruling for thirty years when he had the statue inscribed,
though it has been suggested that the text was actually added to the statue about three hundred years after Idrimi. The inscription ends with curses
on anyone who would destroy the statue. "
A statue of a king of Alalakh, covered with his biography in cuneiform
Althou some sources would state that the only similarity between the Hapiru or Habiru and the Hebrew people is a similiarity in names, there are many
other similarities between the two.
"The mythologized report of the origins of the tribes of the earth descended from the sons of Noah are obviously confused. Ham was the father of the
people of Africa, yet some of the Semitic tribes of Arabia were listed as his descendants. Shem should have been the father of the Semites yet Lud,
his son, is thought to mean a non-Semitic people living in Anatolia, while the list also includes the non-Semitic Sumerians. Japheth was the father of
all the people to the north and east, the Indo-Europeans. The total number of tribes listed are seventy, a magic number for Jewish scribes. The lists
were hardly a reliable record. Shem was "the father of all the children of Eber," Gen 10:21; Eber was his great grandson. Laban was Abraham's great
nephew; Bethuel, Laban's father was Abraham's nephew. Yet both are described as Arameans, Gen 25:20, not as Hebrews. Aram was the eponymous ancestor
of the Arameans, while Arpachshad, the brother of Aram, was the forefather of the "sons of Eber," the Hebrews. These descriptions show that the
Jewish scribes who made up the lists did not fully understand their source material; they did not adhere to sensible grouping of the different
eponymous ancestors, names, and people. The Hebrew designation could not mean pure blood stock.
As the Hebrew tribes were instructed to confess, "A wandering Aramean was my father," Deut 26:5.
Many Near East scholars believe the name "Hebrew" derives from Eber, the eponymous ancestors of the Hebrew people. In Hebrew, the Hebrew name is
Ibri (Ibree), suggested as a possible contraction of Eberi (Eberee). Possible shifts of Ibri to Ibru, with an initial "H" added, then gave us Hibrew
or Hebrew. Contrary to such speculation, the name comes directly out of the verb root awbar, meaning "to cross over."
Egyptian Historical Texts
(Middle to Late 2nd Millennium BC)
1) In an Egyptian tomb, belonging to one Puyemre, was carved on the stone walls a scene depicting men working at a wine press. Beneath the picture
was a title which ran:
"Straining out wine by the Apiru."
The date of the tomb is believed to be during the reign of Hatshepsut and of Thutmose III, circa 1470 BCHAB.
Scholars immediately recognized the similarity of the word Apiru to Hebrew, with a scene depicting manual labor, as described in Exodus for Hebrew
people under bondage in Egypt.
2) At the end of his second Asiatic campaign Amenhotep II erected a stele at Memphis on which he gave a list of booty he had collected, circa 1420
List of the plunder which his majesty carried off:
Princes of Retenu (Syria): 127
Brothers of princes: 179
Shasu (Bedouin): 15,200
Khuru (Hurrians): 26,300
Neges (Nuhashians): 15,070 "
The connection between the two people, Blacks and Jewish, seems to have started at this time when Amenhotep II brought many different people as booty
from his campaigns.
[Edited on 4-6-2004 by Muaddib]