Monday, June 18Exploring The Black Presence In The Bible

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King Menelik I, The Solomonic Dynasty, and The Ark of The Covenant

King Menelik I, The Solomonic Dynasty, and The Ark of The Covenant

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The story of King Menelik I and Ethiopia's Solomonic Dynasty begins in the Bible with the Queen of Sheba coming to visit King Solomon. The Bible itself doesn't come right out and say it, but there are several verses that make it clear that the Queen of Sheba was beyond impressed with Solomon's wisdom and his wealth. Solomon was a famous king. Solomon was wise beyond the queen's expectation. Solomon was rich beyond the stories the queen had heard. Solomon already had 1,000 other women that we know of. There is no reason to believe that the above would result in anything other than an affair between the leaders of two powerful kingdoms. While the affair itself is left out of scripture, there are Ethiopian texts that pick up where the Bible leaves off. "H...
Finding Edom: Who Are The Edomites Today? – Part 2

Finding Edom: Who Are The Edomites Today? – Part 2

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In Part 1 we looked at the fact that Esau is described as reddish-brown (ruddy) and hairy. We also looked at the fact that he took wives from the line of Ishmael, which were a mix of Hebrew and Egyptian, and known to be dark skinned people. At least up to this point in scripture, we have to acknowledge that Edomites were black people. But the main issue is whether or not Edom became white and if some white people alive today are descendants of Edom. To further explore this journey, let's look at the interactions between Hebrews and Edom according to scripture. Post Exodus Hebrew-Edomite Relations Immediately after Israel gained their freedom from Egypt, their brother Edom turned their back on them and refused to allow them to safely pass through their country. One of the ...
Ishmael: Abraham’s Half Egyptian Son With Hagar

Ishmael: Abraham’s Half Egyptian Son With Hagar

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We are use to hearing the story of Abraham and Isaac, but we often forget about Abraham's oldest son Ishmael. Throughout the Bible, the Ishmaelites (Ishmeelites) play an important role in many of the events that take place. Let's start by taking  a look at the circumstances surrounding the birth of Ishmael. Different People Named Ishmael In Scripture In order to keep everything in context, we must first acknowledge that there are several different people named Ishmael in scripture, but two stand out over the others: Ishmael: son of Abraham (Genesis 28:9) Ishmael: son of Nethaniah (2 Kings 25:23) For the sake of this study, we'll only be looking into the son of Abraham. Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar Abraham spent the majority of his time traveling to and from Hami
Finding Edom: Who Are The Edomites Today? – Part 1

Finding Edom: Who Are The Edomites Today? – Part 1

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Esau was the father of the Edomites, his sons and grandsons were the Dukes of Edom, but where did they go and are they really today's white people as some groups believe? Ever since I heard the belief that the Edomites are today's white people, I've had plenty of questions for many reasons. In an effort to find answers to those questions, I've decided to share that journey each step of the way. Important: I use the word "black" as an all inclusive description of people with dark skin. Those skin tones range from brown to black skin, and also includes albinos of Hamite and Shemite descent. It is not used to refer to people with literal black skin. Tough Questions That Require Answers There seems to be a lot of pressure for people to just accept that the Edomites are white w...
Kedar: The “Dark Skinned” Grandson of Abraham

Kedar: The “Dark Skinned” Grandson of Abraham

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Kedar was Abraham's grandson, and the second son of Ishmael (Genesis 25:13). He also founded a city that is mentioned quite a few times in scripture. Twelve times to be exact. It is not a major focal point of the Bible, but we do learn some pretty interesting things about the city. They lived in black tents (Psalms 120:5 and Song of Solomon 1:5). The were archers like Ishmael (Isaiah 21:17). They were ruled by princes (Ezekiel 27:21). Its alluded to above, but I feel like it's important to point out that the descendants of Kedar are one of the many nations that can trace their lineage back to Abraham. Where Was Kedar Located? The Meaning of Kedar Kedar (Qedar) comes from a Hebrew word that means "swarthy". While many people claim that the Bible makes no r...

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