Saturday, September 23Exploring The Black Presence In The Bible

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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 takingĀ  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. The Meaning of Kedar Kedar (Qedar) comes from a Hebrew word that means "swarthy". While many people claim that the Bible makes no reference to race, this is on...

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