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Ephraim: The Half African Son of Joseph

Ephraim: The Half African Son of Joseph

The Shemites
When Joseph was enslaved in Egypt, he eventually rose to power and married an Egyptian woman named Asenath. Two children resulted from this marriage and they were Ephraim and Manasseh. "And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction." - 41:52 During the blessing ceremony, Joseph places them before Jacob, and Jacob adopts both boys as his own children, thus making them "tribes" of Israel. "And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine." - 48:5 During the ceremony, Jacob blesses both boys, but he places Ephraim before Manasseh, even though he was the youngest and Jose...
Ham: The Origin of Black Africans and Black Arabs In The Bible

Ham: The Origin of Black Africans and Black Arabs In The Bible

The Hamites
Noah had three sons: Shem, Ham (Cham), and Japheth, but it is Ham and his lineage that settled Africa and various parts of Arabia. Although that is the case, there is lots of evidence that Ham was not the only black son, but may have had black skin in common with Shem. According to scripture, the brothers were born when Noah was 500 years old. "And Noah was five hundred years old: and Noah begat Shem, Ham, and Japheth." - Genesis 5:32 According to the Strong's Concordance #2526 (Cham) is defined as: a son of Noah, also his descendants, also a name for Egyptians. In ancient Hebrew culture, it was customary to list the children in the order of their birth, which means that Ham was possibly the middle son, and not the youngest. This is important because there is a common ...

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