PHYSICAL APPEARANCE OF THE
ANCIENT HEBREW Yashar'YAH (ISRAELITES)
To adequately understand and embrace the physical appearance of ancient Yashar'YAH (Israel)- the Hebrews, we must look at their identity and association to ancient Mizraim (Egypt)- the descendents of Cham (Ham) who we know were explicitly a nation of Black people.
Although the Scripture and other historical documents have left a lot of overwhelming evidence that confirms that ancient Yashar'YAH (Israelites) were a "Black/ Negroid" people, theologians, scholars, and archaeologists are still debating the answer to the question: "How did the ancient Hebrews, Yashar'YAH (Israelites), look physically?" As we affirm that the physical appearance of the ancient Hebrews were a "Black" people, we are affirming a definition of "Blackness" which includes the following. First, the actual "black skin color." Secondly, the so- called "Negroid" characteristics; and thirdly the traceable Black or African ancestry ("Black blood"). To cite Dr. Charles B. Copher:
When I speak of Black peoples and personalities in the Bible, by Black I mean three things. First of all I mean to define Black literally, so one is literally Black. Secondly, I define Black to mean what we mean sociologically here in America. That a person having any discernible trace of African, Negroid blood, is Black. And then, thirdly, by Black I mean, Black from an anthropological perspective. One is negroid, having what the anthropologists regard as negroid features, such as black color, thick lips, kinky hair, and so on. So when I speak of Black I am meaning those three things all at one and the same time. 1
It is more popular believed today especially among Christian scholars and theologians that the white skinned people who occupy the land today, known as "Ashkenazi Jews" are the direct descendants of ancient Yashar'YAH (Israelites). But is this true and can this be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt? The answer is NO.
The evidence of Scriptures along with the support of history, archaeologists, anthropologists, and other professors prove that the so called Jews are not the physical descendants of the ancient Hebrew nation. In fact, more and more Jews are acknowledging in secret that the original Hebrew nation were "Black People." Scores of authors, both Black and White, have now written extensively over the last fifty years on the subject of the presence of Black Hebrew Israelites, not only on the continents of Africa and Asia but on other continents as well.
Everything we need to know about the ancient Hebrews is contained in Scripture. In fact, no other people on the face of the earth have such an extensive recorded history, not even the ancient Egyptians.
It is well understood that the ancient Egyptians were an "Explicit Black People" this is a fact attested to by many:
Gerald Massey, English writer and author of the book, Egypt the Light of the World, wrote, "The dignity is so ancient that the insignia of the Pharaoh evidently belonged to the time when Egyptians wore nothing but the girdle of the Negro." (p 251)2
Sir Richard Francis Burton, a 19th century English explorer, writer and linguist in 1883 wrote to Gerald Massey, "You are quite right about the "AFRICAN" origin of the Egyptians. I have 100 human skulls to prove it." 3
Scientist, R. T. Prittchett, states in his book The Natural History of Man, "In their complex and many of the complexions and in physical peculiarities the Egyptians were an "AFRICAN" race (p 124-125).4
The Ancient Greek historian Herodotus, who visited Egypt in the 5th century B.C.E., saw the Egyptians face to face and described them as black-skinned with woolly hair.5
Anthropologist, Count Constatin de Volney (1727-1820),spoke about the race of the Egyptians that produced the Pharaohs. He later paid tribute to Herodotus' discovery when he said:
The ancient Egyptians were true Negroes of the same type as all native born Africans. That being so, we can see how their blood mixed for several centuries with that of the Romans and Greeks, must have lost the intensity of it's original color, while retaining none the less the imprint of it's original mold. We can even state as a general principle that the face (referring to The Sphinx) is a kind of monument able, in many cases, to attest to or shed light on historical evidence on the origins of the people."6
The fact that the ancient Egyptians were black- skin prompted Volney to make the following statement: "What a subject for meditation, just think that the race of black men today our slaves and the object of our scorn, is the very race to which we owe our arts, science, and even the use of our speech."7
The testimony of the ancients, the scriptures, & many Egyptologists, along with archaeology confirms that the Egyptians during biblical times were a "BLACK" PEOPLE.8
According to the Bible the ancient Egyptians were descended from Ham through the line of Mizraim. Ham had four sons: Cush, Mizraim, Phut, and Canaan (Genesis 10:6). The name "Mizraim" is the original name given for Egypt in the Hebrew Old Testament. Many Bibles will have a footnote next to the name "Mizraim" explaining that it means "Egypt." The name "Egypt" itself actually comes to us from the Greeks who gave the Land that name (i.e. "Aegyptos" from the Greek). In addition to the name "Mizraim," the ancient Egyptians also referred to their land as "Kemet" which means "Land of the Blacks." Western historians, however, say that the word "Kemet" refers to the color of the soil of the land rather than its people. But, the word "Kemet" is actually an ethnically derived term being a derivative of the word "Khem" (Cham or Ham) which means "burnt" or "black." Ham, who was one of the three sons of Noah and the direct ancestor of the Egyptians, was black. The Bible, in the Old Testament, repeatedly refers to Egypt as the "Land of Ham" (i.e., Psalm 105:23, 27; 106:22). The ancient Egyptians in their writings used their word for "black" to describe themselves and not just the color of their soil. Ham was named "black one" by his father Noah from birth. In other words, Ham was born black. His being black had nothing to do with a curse. The so-called curse of Ham was actually on Ham's son Canaan and not on Ham himself.9Regarding the ancient Egyptians, there is also considerable historical evidence, aside from the Holy Bible, that they were of Black or Negro origin. Even today the true Egyptian is not to be found in the cities but in the country sides and farmlands of Egypt. Most of the Egyptians in the cities carry a mixed ancestry of European and Asian, but mostly Asian from the immigration and invasions of various people into Egypt throughout the centuries. Very few people realize that Cleopatra was of Greek origin because the Greeks once ruled Egypt and she was descended from one of those Greek rulers. The true Egyptian found in the countryside, however, has dark brown to black skin and very pronounced Negro features. This is particularly true the further south one travels in Egypt. It was from the south that the original pharaohs and the people of Egypt settled the land. The original rulers and builders of Egyptian civilization were of completely Black or Negro origin.10
An interesting piece of evidence showing how the ancient Egyptians viewed themselves is found in the tomb of Ramses III (1200 BC). On the wall of this tomb is a painting of four human figures. Each figure stands at a certain relation to the Egyptian god Horus. The figures that were closest to the god were considered by the Egyptians to be superior to the ones positioned further away. Each of the figures is identified with a particular race or group of people with whom the Egyptians at that time had known. The first figure that is closest to the Egyptian god Horus is that of a finely clothed man with a dark red skin complexion having long braided hair and he represented the ancient Egyptians. The second figure, which is positioned directly behind the figure of the Egyptian is that of a finely clothed black man with woolly hair who represented the ancient Hebrews and other Black nations of people south of Egypt. Notice that the second figure's physical appearance is identical to the first figure. The third figure directly behind the Hebrew and other Black nations of people is that of a finely clothed light brown-skinned man who represented the Grecian or Asiatic people. The fourth figure, which is the furthest away from the Egyptian god Horus, is that of a barely clad fair-skinned or fair-complexioned man with straight hair who represented the Europeans. There is no such thing as dark red skin, of course, but the ancient Egyptians sometimes used red paint as a ceremonial symbol to set themselves apart from other Black nations. In other paintings, the ancient Egyptians painted themselves as fully black and not just dark red. The ancient Egyptians saw themselves as being Black, although distinct from the Hebrew and other Black nations of Africa. And, no doubt, from the position of the figures the ancient Egyptians definitely saw the Hebrews and other Blacks as being superior to the Asiatic and the white-complexioned Europeans. There are those that believe that the figure that is the third one from the Egyptian god Horus represents the ancient Hebrews because of the figure's light complexion, which he has in common with the fair-complexion European man. This belief is assumed by many because the so called Jews in the land today are light or white- skinned people. I agree that the third figure (Grecian/ Asiatic) looks a lot like the fourth figure (representing the European), but there is a very noticeable difference between the third figure (Grecian/ Asiatic) and the first figure, which represent the Egyptians. We know for a fact that the ancient Egyptians were a black- skinned people. Scripture teaches us that when the daughters of R'uw'YAH (Reuel) saw Mosheh, they called him an Egyptian. Why did they call him an Egyptian? They called him an Egyptian because his physical appearance was identical to the physical appearance of the Egyptians (see Shemoth [Exodus] 2:16-22) If the Hebrews looked like the the third figure he could not have passed for an Egyptian.
Throughout Scripture, (Israel) is implied and described as looking like the ben (sons, children) of Cham (Ham) in physical appearance.
In the cepher (book) of Bereshith (Genesis) 14:13, we see 'Abraham, the first to be called a Ibriy (Hebrew), who was a descendant of Shem. Nimrowd (Nimrod), the grandson of Cham (Ham), founded the city of Uwr (Ur) in which 'Abraham was born, which is in the southern Babylonia city of the Kasdiy (Chaldeans) also known as 'Aram Naharayim (Mesopotamia) of which Babel (Babylon) was the capital. Our ancient ancestry (the Hebrew-Israelites) stems from 'Abraham, who was "black." We know 'Abraham was black because he was born in the city founded by the black Nimrod, the grandson of Cham (Ham), Bereshith (Genesis) 10:8-10. "Babel" is Babylon. The dictionary of the Scripture defines Cham (Ham), Kuwsh (Cush), and Nimrowd (Nimrod) as "black" men.
'Abraham was the 'ab (father) of Yitschaq (Isaac), and Yitschaq was the 'ab of Ya'aqob (Jacob) and Ya'aqob was the 'ab (father) of twelve ben (sons) which made up the Hebrew nation also known as the twelve tribes of Yashar'YAH (Israel). YAHUAH commanded 'Abraham to come out of Babylon (Ur) and go unto a 'erets (land) that YAH will show him, and that 'erets was Kna'an (Canaan). The man Kna'an was one of the four ben (sons) of Cham (Ham) and was the ab (father) of the Knan'aniy (Canaanite) nation. Therefore, the Kna'aniy were a nation of "black" people.
We have already established and proven that ancient Mitsrayim (Egyptians) were a nation of "black" people and black Cham (Ham) was the progenitor of this black race of people. Without a doubt, ancient Egypt was explicitly a black nation of people. With this in mind, it came to pass in the process of time that the one who is called Moses (Mosheh in the Hebrew tongue) was born in Mitsrayim (Egypt). During that time black Mitsrayim (Egyptians) enslaved the black Hebrew Yashar'YAH (Israelites), just as white Germans exterminated the white Jews during the Holocaust. Mosheh, the Hebrew, had to be a black man from the black race because he spent forty years in the Par'oh (Pharaoh's) house among the black Egyptians, passing as the Par'oh grandson. To do this, Mosheh had to have the same physical appearance as the Egyptians among whom he lived. In other words, Mosheh had to have looked just like the Egyptians. If the Yashar'YAH (Israelites) were white-skinned people, how could Mosheh, the Hebrew, secretly survive in Par'oh house among black-skinned Egyptians for 40 years and not be noticed? Mosheh survived 40 years in Par'oh house because he was a "black" man just as the Egyptians were. We can even see that the seven daughters of R'uw'YAH (Reuel) also known as Yithrow (Jethro) from which Mosheh would be given a wife, refereed to him as an Egyptian Shemoth (Exodus) 2:16-22.
In the fourth chapter of the cepher (book) of Shemoth (Exodus), we find more proof that Mosheh was a black man. This is during the time when Mosheh thought that the Hebrew nation, Yashar'YAH (Israel), would not shama (hear) him nor aman (believe) that YAHUAH appeared unto him. One of the signs that YAHUAH gave to Mosheh was when YAH miraculously turned Mosheh hand white after he placed it into his bosom. Mosheh then saw that his once black-skinned hand was now diseased with leprosy, white as snow. This was a very powerful miracle. YAHUAH turned the skin on Mosheh hand the opposite color of the rest of his flesh. Then YAHUAH commanded him to put his hand again into his bosom, and Mosheh took his hand out of his bosom and, behold, it was back to the color of his other flesh (Shemoth [Exodus] 4:6,7). If Mosheh was already white-skinned, what would have been the miracle in turning the skin of his hand white? The miracle here is that YAHUAH turned the hand of a black man, white, the opposite color of the rest of his flesh and then turned it back again to his original black skin color.
In the cepher (book) of Bemidbar (Numbers) 12, Miryam (Miriam) and 'Aharown (Aaron) spoke against Mosheh because he had married a Kuwshiy (Ethiopian) woman, not because she was "black" for Miryam and 'Aharown were "black" just like their brother Mosheh; but because she was of another nation and culture, read Acts 10:28. For the 'aph (anger) of YAHUAH was charah (hot, furious, kindled) against them (Miryam and 'Aharown). Verse 10 says, YAHUAH turned Miryam leprous, white as snow, and 'Aharown looked upon her and behold she was leprous. Once again if Miryam, who was a Hebrew, was white- skinned already, what would have been the curse of turning her white skin "white"? The picture to be drawn from this incident is that the body of a black woman is turned white.
Here in the cepher (book) of Amos 9:7, not only does this scripture prove that it wasn't the color of Tsipporah (Zipporah's- the wife of Mosheh) skin that Miryam and 'Aharown spoke against, but this scripture will prove that YAHUAH compared the nation Yashar'YAH (Israel) to this nation of black people- so called Ethiopians: Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Yashar'YAH? saith YAHUAH. . . In this verse, the children of Yashar'YAH (Israel) are being called as the children of the Ethiopians. Kuwsh, also known as Cush, whose name means "black" is the progenitor of the Ethiopians or Cushite nation/people. Kuwsh (Cush) is the son of Cham (Ham) and the grandson of Noach (Noah). How much sense would it make to call a white- skinned people, children of the Ethiopians? If our ancient ancestors were a white-skinned people, it would have made more sense to compare them to a white- skinned nation like the Grecians or Romans, but YAHUAH compared them to a known black- skinned people, who are called today Ethiopians. Much more proof will follow later. SEE REFERENCES BELOW.
In the Yachal (Hope) of YAHUSHA HA MashaYAH,
Raah (Pastor) Fredrick A. Brown
1. The Black Presence in the Bible. Volume 1, Teacher's Guide Rev. Walter Arthur
Mcray. Black Light Fellowship, Chicago Illinois 1990. page 13.
2-8 "The Physical Appearance of Ancient Israel, The Hebrews and Sons of Ham"
9-10 "Negro Slavery and The Myth of Ham's Curse" Babu G. Ranganathan