The idea that God hated Esau before birth has always been an odd circumstance to me. Even as I write this, its still a point of interest, so I decided to do some extra digging into the matter. Before I get into what I've found, let me explain why the concept never sat right with me. This short study is an addendum to the following study:
Finding Edom: Who Are The Edomites Today?
A Few Observations
In Deuteronomy there is a specific law concerning the Edomites and how Hebrews should treat them.
"Thou shalt not abhor an Edomite; for he is thy brother: thou shalt not abhor an Egyptian; because thou wast a stranger in his land. The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation of the LORD in their third generation." - Deuteronomy 23:7-8
The story of Aaron's journey from slave to voice of God and the first high priest of Israel is probably one of the strangest series of events in the Bible. When scripture introduces an important person, there is usually some kind of back story. While there are a few exceptions to these brief back stories, Aaron is the one that stands out the most.
When Was Aaron Born?
Aaron, Miriam, and Moses were the children of Amram and Jochebed. When Aaron age is first mentioned in scripture, we're told that he was 83 years old.
"And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh." - Exodus 7:7
Aaron being three years older than Moses means that he was born three years prior to or just as the Hebrews being put under bondage...
Elam: Son of Shem
One of the most interesting mysteries in the Bible surrounds the sons of Noah and the origin of each nation on the planet. According to most mainstream Christian researchers the sons of Noah divided into the nations as follows:
Ham: Black Africans + Black Arabs
Shem: "Olive" Hebrews + "Olive" Arabs
Japheth: Europeans + Asians
However, discoveries of Biblical sites are starting to paint an entirely different picture than the one presented to the general public by the church and media. According to the Bible, Elam was one of the sons of Shem:
"The children of Shem; Elam, and Asshur, and Arphaxad, and Lud, and Aram." - Genesis 10:22
It is in this verse we are first introduced to Elam, the father of the Elamites. When we start digging into t...
Moses was born in Africa, raised by Africans, trained in African wisdom, and was mistaken for a descendant of Ham... and yet he's still depicted as a bearded white man in the vast majority of pictures that we see. Unfortunately, this huge white lie has prevailed for centuries. But it's not the fault of the Bible. It's the fault of those of those us that choose not to read the Bible close enough to see that we've been lied to. Click the following link to see what I mean:
Images of Deception
The Lies We've Been Told
While many people will admit that they know we're being lied to about the ethnicity of the Hebrew people, those same people are content with letting the lies continue to deceive new generations of believers. Here are just some of the things we now know to b...
There is no bigger threat to white supremacy than the notion that Jesus of Nazareth was a black man. White supremacy can't exist in a world where the savior of all mankind is the same hue as the people they've enslaved, murdered, beat, raped, and oppressed for 400 years. The very thought of bowing and worshiping a black man, Messiah or not, is anathema to Eurocentric Christianity... but how far would they go to keep the world from acknowledging the truth about the greatest event in the history of mankind?
A Little Bit of Background
There are several things in the Bible that never made sense to me from a basic reading of scripture. The unwillingness of the world to repent and turn to God, even after all of the destruction laid out in the book of Revelation, seems defiant b...
Because the spotlight tends to be shined on Moses, his parents are often overlooked. While there isn't a lot of information on his parents in the Bible, there is enough to put together a few facts about who they were and where they were from.
Who Was Moses Father and What Was His Name?
We don't get too many details on the birth of Amram, but the one detail we do get, tells us which tribe he's from, and his relation to his patriarchs.
"And the sons of Kohath; Amram, and Izhar, and Hebron, and Uzziel: and the years of the life of Kohath were an hundred thirty and three years." - Exodus 6:18
Kohath was the son of Levi (Genesis 46:11), which would make Amram Levi's grandson, which would make Moses Levi's great grandson. With this information we can assume that the Heb...
Miriam is only mentioned by name in 14 verses in the Bible, but she is one of the most important people found in the pages of scripture. While she is often overlooked, Miriam was the only person right by Moses' side from birth to death.
Who Was Miriam's Mother?
Miriam, Moses, and Aaron were all born to Jochebed while living in Egypt, Africa. We actually know less about their mother than we do about there father, and there is almost nothing said about him in the Bible.
Who Was Miriam's Father?
While the story doesn't mention their father Amram, it is likely he had an influence in Moses' life as well. The Bible doesn't give us much to go on other than a name and a tiny bit of genealogy.
How Old Was Miriam?
We're not told how much older she was than Moses, but we kno...
Zipporah was one of seven Midianite sisters that mistook Moses for an Egyptian after he saved them from the men at the well (Exodus 2:16-19). Her father Jethro was the priest of Midian, and it was he that gave Zipporah to Moses to marry. While she is introduced early in Exodus, very little is said about her. In fact, she's only mentioned three times in scripture.
Zipporah: meaning bird or little bird.
The First Wife of Moses
What isn't immediately obvious in scripture is that Moses had two wives and Zipporah was the first. This is actually a topic that is debated often, but scripture is clear that Moses married two different women from two different lineages. We can prove that by tracing their lineages in scripture.
Zipporah was a descendant of Abraham's son...
Was King David the most famous ginger to ever live? Many people believe that he was, and they also use this reasoning to conclude that there is no way that King David could've been a black man born with red hair. However, there is concrete evidence that points to the contrary.
The Earliest Roots of Judah
Before Israel became a nation, Abraham was called out of Babylon, which was a Cushite Empire. The Cushites were black descendants of Ham. When we are introduced to Abraham, we is already married to Sarah, his half sister.
After leaving Ur, Abraham travels into Canaan, which was founded by descendants of Ham. From Canaan, Abraham travels to Egypt, descendants of Ham's son Mizraim. He then leaves Egypt with vasts amounts of wealth and cattle, and heads back toward Cana...
Like it or not, the legendary King Solomon was the son of an African woman. His mother Bathsheba was a Gilonite... which was one of the Canaanite tribes that Judah didn't remove from the land. The Gilonites and the Hittites were among several Canaanite tribes that lived among Judah.
For those that are rusty on Biblical lineage, the Hittites were the sons of Heth, which were the sons of Canaan, who was the son of Ham. The Gilonites also descended from Ham as well. If you'd like to read more in depth about Solomon's mother Bathsheba and her Hittite husband Uriah, please check out the following articles:
Bathsheba: King Solomon's African Mother
Uriah: Bathsheba's African Husband and David's Mighty Man
Solomon's lineage is important because it goes a long way in expla...
Pre-Slavery ChristianityIt Was Never The White Man's Religion
Did you know that African languages are specifically named as languages spoken on the day of Pentecost? Did you know that Ethiopia declared Christianity the national religion 59 years before Rome? Did you know that the oldest Christian church was founded in Egypt 17 years before Ethiopia declared it the national religion?