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Brit-Am Now no. 1402
The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel Movement
27 October 2009, 7 Cheshvan 5770
Contents:
1. Jane: Your ability to hear other people's points of view. Thank you
2. Thomas Malloy: Eschatology and the Black Hebrews
3. Anonymous: Thoughts on Race and Color
4. Bob Briggs: Who Was Asenath?
5. Michelle: Ancient Egyptians Moved to India?


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1. Jane: Your ability to hear other people's points of view. Thank you
Subject: Thank you

SHaLUM Yair

I just wanted to share that for several years now I have admired  - even if you don't always agree with everything they write (and even though I don't always agree with what you write either :-)). You wouldn't even attempt to share anybody's criticism with us after examining it if you were entirely close-minded.

Like a number of people I think you are courageous in that you try to consider other viewpoints and check your own views. If you realise your views are more likely to be wrong I think you make adjustments. But if you still disagree you just like to be able to explain why the best you can. Everyone is entitled to an opinion on what they think is most likely true on a topic.

I agree that criticisms help us however painful it may be. The hardest part is extracting what is true and leaving what is false. Anyone who even attempts to filter out the truth from an onslaught of opinions is a very brave person in my books.

Keep up the good work
Jane E Marchant



2. Thomas Malloy: Eschatology and the Black Hebrews

Brit-Am Reply:

>The article depicts the President of Israel,
Shimeon Peres
>He gives the impression of thinking like a flower-child of >the 60s. Some people never grow up in the negative sense.


You're right.

>The Black Hebrews on the whole are still denied Israeli >Citizenship.

That's not the impression I got from reading the article. I understood that all of them can get on the path to citizenship.

>Because they are black they can get away with it.

Being black has it's privileges in America, and with liberal Israelis too, eh?

>Their ideology preaches hatred of Jews and in the past >threatened to work for the PLO against the State of Israel.
>Ben
Ammi claims to have modified his attitudes in recent >years.

I suppose that he desires citizenship.

>As individuals some of them get on reasonably well in >Israel but there are problems. Some of their youths harass >Jewish religious children and try and pick fights with >them.

I'm sorry to hear that.
>The Karaites have not got a Calendar. It may be that >someone else has invented a calendar of their own and >called it Karaite.

My understanding is that Nehemiah Gordon has been monitoring the barley ripening in fields near Jerusalem. That and the new moon, are the basis of his calendar.

>I understand your interest however. If the end of the world >does not happen on Rosh HaShana according to the >Hebrew Calendar you can always say that it must mean >Rosh HaShana according to the Calendar of someone else!

It's not the end of the World, it's the beginning of the end of the World as we now know it. On yesterday's show Dennis Prager interviewed the author of We Are Doomed. I take a more sanguine view of things, because Premillennial Eschatology says that the world is going to get crazier and more violent. People will become sexually immoral and
follow the New Age. The Jews will return to Israel, Hebrew will be reborn, and they will conquer Jerusalem. When that scenario was formulated 200 years ago, it was greeted with derision, but now that it's come to pass, it's widely embraced. With that said, there's still preachers criticizing Premillennial.

>That could gain you another month. If you look around >you may well find an alternate neo-Karaite calendar to >consider alongside the so-called Karaite one!

The prophecy continues, no man knows the hour or the day. The Sages, Rabbis who lived before the destruction of the First Temple believed that this sequence of events would begin on Rosh HaShana of 6001, years from creation. I have reason to believe that it's 5998, but I could be off by a year. This date came from a church, because it is quite similar to one developed by the theologian Usher. It had a Latin title, so I assume that it came from the Roman Church. My point is that even if I've got the year right, I still don't know the day. The Holy One, blessed be he, knew that in the Latter Days, there would be people like me and Bible Code Roy, who would do things like learning Hebrew, and using computers in an effort to figure this out. Bragging rights, you know.

>In addition to the "Karaite" wannabees there are also >several new Messianic movements with Calendar solutions >of their own.

The Messianic Rabbi Michael Rood, of The Rood Awakening, took R Nehemiah Gordon with him on tour. That's how we met. I love his translation of R Yeshua's telling us to honor the Sanhedrin, because they sit in the Seat of Moses. R Gordon makes the case that what we should be honoring is Moses, and by extension his Torah. It's clear to us that Torah says that we should be following the Moon, but it's more convenient to follow the Orthodox Calendar.

>Perhaps you should check them out?
>This could enable you to cover even more bases.

Please keep me posted on any and all alternative calendar interpretations.



3. Anonymous: Thoughts on Race and Color
From name withheld:

In this recent thread, the fixation on color seems off base to me.  Skin color is based on genetics as well as exposure to the sun.  Also, scientists may not understand all they think they do about raciation. 

What I think happened is this.  God created Adam and Eve and their offspring intermarried to start the entire human race.  (This was before the corruption of the gene pool and the prohibition against marrying siblings.)  So from the beginning we were all one family.

Humanity expanded until it was destroyed by the flood.  Noah was "perfect in his generations", meaning that his ancestors were not among that part of humanity that had intermingled with the corrupt Nefilim.

Noah and his wife and their three sons and their three wives alone survived the flood and restarted the human race.  So again, there is one focal point for the current human family, namely Noah and his wife.  I doubt that these 8 people could be categorized as any single one of the "races" that we know today.  They may have represented multiple races, but more likely they were an archetypical race from which we all sprang.

After the flood mankind was centralized at Babel, in rebellion to God's will.  For this, God separated them by language in order to disperse them as was the original plan.  To me, this is undoubtedly the beginning of the races.  The confounding of the tongues at Babel created family groups that gravitated to each other.  At first they may have all been very similar in appearance, but because of their breeding within language groups, differences began to emerge as happens with any isolated breeding population. 

The Earth was divided in Pelag?s day, after Babel.  This event may have been purely political, or it may be have been physical as well, a dividing of the land that we now refer to as continental drift.  In either case the human family was further divided and isolated and racial differences were amplified and hardened. 

The language groups, families and races largely intermarried within their own groups after this, although by the time of ancient Egypt cosmopolitan areas began to act as melting pots much as they do today (Joseph and Asenath are an example of this).  The Assyrians were known to have intentionally resettled conquered populations as intentional acts of race-mixing in order to weaken nationalistic feelings among their enslaved peoples.

Nonetheless racial groupings were persistent and most people married within their own race most of the time.  This seems to be natural, or at least convenient.

Raciation affects all measurable characteristics.  Today race can be predicted with varying degrees of certainty by virtually any physical trait, such as skin color, skin thickness, hair texture, eye color, bone density, fat content, blood type (there are dozens of these, in addition to the ABO type), disease incidence, and so on.  Forensic scientists working for law enforcement can often identify race from almost any small part of a victim's body.  Doctors are trained to more closely examine certain races for certain diseases. 
 
Some suggest that intelligence is not dependent on race.  The idea that the human brain, the most complex object in the human body, alone escaped the influences of raciation and variation and that all humans are equally intelligent when they are not equal in anything else seems unlikely.  It would be like saying all breeds of dogs are equally intelligent, even though there is enormous variation in all their other attributes. 

We are all one human family and all different, both as individuals and as races.  There are no pure races,  much less master ones, and there are certainly gradations between the races.  But racial characteristics are a fact of life.  Wherever the line around populations is drawn, differences will emerge.  We can accept this or pretend it doesn't exist. 

Name withheld.



 4. Bob Briggs: Who Was Asenath?

Greetings Yair:
 
You stated that Asenath was "probably" a native-born Egyptian and therefore a descendent of Ham. However, it is my personal opinion that Asenath may have been more likely an Aramaean, a Hebrew descendent of Abraham's brother, Nahor. But first, a brief historical summary on the Hyksos kings.
 
Craig White, in his monumental work: In Search of the Origins of Nations, states within pages 250-254 that Around 1750 BC the Babylonians overthrew the Kingdom of Mari (ie the Aramaeans, sometimes incorrectly labeled as Amorites by historians). Many of the tribes under Mari control migrated westwards and infiltrated into the Goshen or delta region of northern Egypt. The Egyptians called them "Hikau khaut" or "Hyksos". Hyksos variously means Rulers of Foreign Countries or Shepherd Kings...After infiltrating and settling in the delta area over a long period, they eventually became powerful enough to take over the northern part of Egypt where they reigned about 150 years (c1720-1570 BC). It is therefore very reasonable to assume that Jacob and his family had entered Egypt during his period of Hyksos control (Harrison 1970, p 114).?
 
These migrating tribes have also been identified with the Kasdim (Kassites) and Midianites, Hurrians (sometimes mistakenly identified with Horites) and especially the Aramaeans (the Mar.Tu or the Amurru), whose major city was Mari, Canaanites and Amorites. This why they are called a "mixed multitude" by historians. A similar description is given to those tribes that later fled Egypt with Israel (Ex. 12:38) of whom many or most had Hurrian names (Wiseman, 1973: p 224).
 
In Act of God, Graham Phillips states that Hikau khasut seems to have been the term the Egyptians used for the chieftains of the city states which the migrant Mari people had established in Canaan...There is even evidence of a people who may actually have been the Israelites being prominent among the Hyksos slaves. They are specifically referred to as Apiru, also rendered as Hapiru or Habiru by some translators...In fact the word Apiru almost certainly refers to a specific Hyksos tribe.
 
So, apparently, the Egyptians who lived in the northern delta region were pushed in mass to the south of Egypt when these invading tribes arrived. The Egyptians called them "Hikau khasut" because, unlike the Egyptians, these "Shepherd Kings" and their kin raised sheep. It was these kings who apparently built Egypt into the world's first trading and commercial power, and significantly increased their scientific knowledge and the manufacture of military weaponry (esp. the horse-drawn chariots and the more powerful composite bow). One historian (Levingston 1974, p 26) states: "Two of the Hyksos leaders had the names Jacob-el and Jacob-baal. Joseph and the migration of Jacob's family to Egypt may have taken place early during the Hyksos rule of Egypt."
 
The Hyksos were not what we would call "Israelite Hebrews" -?Hebrews who descended down from Jacob (later re-named Israel), but were of Aramaic or Hebrew descendents of Nahor, the brother of Abraham. Abraham's son, Isaac, married Laban's daughter, Rebecca. Genesis 31:24 tells us that Laban was called an Aramaean because he lived in the land of Paddan Aram and spoke Aramaic, a Semitic language similar to Hebrew.
 
Jacob was married to Laban's two daughters, Leah and Rachel. Laban, like his ancestors before him, worshipped idols, practiced divination and astrology. After twenty years of servitude under Laban, Jacob and his family leave Paddan Aram for Canaan. Jacob's wife, Rachel (later, Joseph's mother), steals her father's idols for protection and worship during their long journey. Because of what I believe was God's plan that was implemented through Joseph's rise to power in Egypt, the descendents of Abraham and his brother Nahor are now brought together under what becomes the Hyksos dynasty of Egypt. Hundreds of years later, under Moses, a "mixed multitude" leave Egypt for the Promised Land. No doubt, Nahor's descendents are included in this mixed multitude.
 
But what does this all have to do with Joseph's wife, Asenath, the mother of Ephraim and Joseph. Asenath was the daughter of a pagan-worshipping priest by the name of Poti-phera (not Potipher, Joseph's former slave-master). Poti-phera's name is interpreted to mean "he whom the sun-god Ra has given". He was from the city of On, better known as the city of Heliopolis (city of Ra, the sun-god).
 
Since the Hyksos and other Hebrews already worshipped idols, including the worship of the deity called "Set," and practiced divination and astrology, it seems most likely to me that Poti-phera was a pagan priest from one of these invading Hebrew tribes, rather than a former Egyptian priest. It is an historical fact that the Hebrews embraced and adopted much of the Egyptian religious culture. Therefore, it would seem logical (at least to me) that the Hyksos kings would want their own pagan high priest installed in On, and not the Egyptian priest who was existing at the time of the invasion. If not killed outright, he was most likely sent south from the northern delta with the remaining Egyptian masses.
 
Also, Asenath's name is said to mean that "she belongs to the goddess (sun god) of Neith." It was the name given to her by her priest-father at birth because she was dedicated to this idol of protection. The Neith goddess of protection represents one of the Bible's greatest symbols. Historically, that symbol appears throughout history in a variety of forms (even to this present day) but the image she represents is universal: she was venerated in the Old Testament as the Queen of Heaven and in the New Testament as Diana of the Ephesians.
 
Bob Briggs
Woodstock, GA
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Brit-Am Reply:
In our historical studies,

Lost Israelite Identity. The Hebrew Origin of Celtic Races
http://www.britam.org/Identity.html
we have identified the Hyksos as Israelites.

There is however NO Biblical Source that justifies identifying Asenath as anything else than Egyptian.
We suspect that the frequent attempts to attribute a non-Egyptian origin to Asenath may emanate from racial prejudice.



5. Michelle: Ancient Egyptians Moved to India?
Re: Brit-Am Now no. 1401
Dear Yair,

   In regards to the ancient Egyptians, I have a friend who says that the ancient Egyptians depicted on walls and in ancient drawings during the time of the exodus, were the modern day India peoples not the hamites who dwell in the region today. His postulate is that after the flood of Pharaohs' army, they migrated north and remain there with their aquiline noses, black skin and straight black hair in the region of India and are depicted wrongly as Asians today.

They continue to worship many gods including the cow, which wanders aimlessly throughout India, and it was the sole the reason the Israelites were separated in Goshen and why Moses asks Pharaoh to go to the wilderness to make sacrifice to The Almighty (because they would be sacrificing their god). As well, it explains why the Israelites made a golden calf to worship both at Sinai and Jeroboam's sin of setting up the two idol cows to worship in Dan and Bethel,copying what they learned in Egypt.Typically,India people are also known for being very intelligent as were the Egyptian rulers.
It makes sense to me. What are your thoughts on this?

Thank you.
Michelle
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Brit-Am Reply:
Rabbi Abraham iben-Ezra (1089-ca. 11160 or later) also suggested a link between the Hindus of India and Ancient Egypt.






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