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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 white in the vast majority of pictures that we see. Unfortunately, this lie has prevailed for centuries. But it’s not the fault of the Bible. It’s the fault of those of us that choose not to read the Bible close enough to see that we’ve been lied to.
The Lies We’ve Been Told
- Hebrews are white.
- The Bible is the white man’s religion.
- Egyptians weren’t black.
- 70 Europeans went into Africa and 1,000,000 Europeans came out.
- British and Americans are true Israel.
These are blatant lies that have been pushed by Gentiles that have been deceived by the false teachings of British-Israelism. These lies are still pushed in order to represent a Eurocentric view of scripture, when in reality, the Bible is Afrocentric. Let’s start by setting the scene.
Egypt Was An African Empire
Let’s start with the basic facts that we know and believe based on both geography and the Bible. Moses was born and raised in Egypt. Egyptians descend from Ham, as do Ethiopians, Cushites, Sudanese, and most other African nations. Even though this fact is accepted by theologians, we are still told that “the Egyptians weren’t black.” This is what we call INTELLECTUAL DISHONESTY… or WILLFUL IGNORANCE.
- Egyptians descended from Ham.
- Egyptians depicted themselves as black people.
- Egypt is located in Africa.
- Egypt is called “The Land of Ham” in the Bible.
“Israel also came into Egypt; and Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.” – Psalms 105:23
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The Origin of Israel
Now that we’ve established that Egypt was and is located in Africa (not The Middle East), let’s look at what God said to Jacob (Israel):
“And he said, I am God, the God of thy father: fear not to go down into Egypt; for I will there make of thee a great nation:” – Genesis 46:3
God’s specific instructions to Jacob (Israel) was to go to Egypt, which is in Africa, and it is in Africa that God will turn Israel into a nation. However, what many people miss is that Jacob was called out of Canaan, which was located in Arabia, but was founded by an African. Canaan was the son of Ham that was cursed. It is in Canaan that Judah and his brothers find their wives, because there were no other Israelites for them to marry. From there, we fast forward to another important Biblical fact that backs the fact that the first Israelites married women from a Hamite line:
“All the souls that came with Jacob into Egypt, which came out of his loins, besides Jacob’s sons’ wives, all the souls were threescore and six; And the sons of Joseph, which were born him in Egypt, were two souls: all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were threescore and ten.” – Genesis 46:26-27
- Threescore = 60
- Ten = 10
- 60 + 10 = 70
The Bible tells us that Judah took Canaanite women for himself and his sons, which means that from the very beginning, the Israelite lines had African blood in them. These 70 Israelites that went into Africa began having more children until they turned into a nation large enough to be a threat to Pharoah, which is where the story of Moses begins.
Ask The Right Questions
- Why would God send Europeans to Africa to establish them as a nation?
- Where did the Israelites find wives and husbands in Africa?
- Could Europeans spend 400 years laboring in the African sun?
The Origin of Moses
If we read all of Exodus 1 (read it and verify), we see that Pharaoh was bothered by the numbers of the Israelites, thought they might join his enemies, and sent out a decree to throw every male child in the river.
“And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.” – Exodus 2:1-3
At this point, Moses does not have a name yet. It isn’t until he is found by Pharaoh’s daughter. At this point, Moses’ sister Miriam (most likely) comes out of hiding, and Pharaoh’s daughter sends her to find a Hebrew woman to nurse him. The sister naturally gets her mother, and Pharaoh’s daughter PAYS MOSES’ MOTHER TO RAISE HIM (Exodus 2:9). It is in the next verse that we find out that Moses’ name was not of Hebrew origin, but of African origin:
Moses Is An African Name
“And the child grew, and she brought him unto Pharaoh’s daughter, and he became her son. And she called his name Moses: and she said, Because I drew him out of the water.” – Exodus 2:10
As we can see, it is the daughter of Pharaoh that gave Moses his name, and it is his African name that has stuck throughout history.
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Moses Was Taught African Wisdom
“And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.” – Acts 7:22
Long before the Greeks calculated the angels of a triangle, the Egyptians had put that and many other things into practice. There are also subtle facts that aren’t in the Bible, but we know to be true:
- Moses spoke Egyptian and Hebrew.
- Moses learned to read and write in Egypt.
- Moses was familiar with Egyptian religion.
Moses Was An African Prince
We get a glimpse of this in the Old Testament, but it is in the New Testament that we find out that Moses was known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. However, when he became old enough to do so, he rejected his African royal status to join his own people.
“By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;” – Hebrews 11:24-25
Pharaoh was king of Egypt, which meant that his daughter was a princess, and her sons would be considered princes of Egypt (just like the movie). Under the right circumstances, Moses could’ve become a Pharaoh, but he chose to reject his status.
Additional Note: Moses was a Hebrew by blood, but an Egyptian based on where he was born and raised. Just like Americans are called so because they were born in America. Moses was born and raised in Egypt, and only lived in Egypt until he was 40 years old. Therefore, I refer to him in the title as Egyptian.
Ask The Right Questions
- Why wasn’t Moses born in Europe?
- Why was Moses taught African wisdom?
- Why wasn’t Moses taught European wisdom?
Egyptians and Hebrews Looked Alike
From this point, the story jumps to a 40 year old Moses killing an Egyptian that was beating one of his Hebrew brothers. What we need to acknowledge are the following facts:
- Egyptians could tell the difference between them and Hebrews (Exodus 1).
- Hebrews could tell the difference between them and Egyptians (Exodus 2:12).
Although Egyptians and Hebrews could tell the difference between the two, nobody else could. We see this after Moses commits pre-meditated murder, attempts to cover it up, and has to flee to Midian. After helping the Midianite girls water their flock, they tell their father Reuel the following:
“And they said, An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds, and also drew water enough for us, and watered the flock…” – Exodus 2:19
The Midianite girls believed Moses to be an Egyptian. If this was the only example of a Hebrew being mistaken for an Egyptian, it would be arguable that it was an isolated incident, but it wasn’t:
- The Canaanites mistook them for Egyptians when they buried Jacob (Genesis 50:11)
- The king of Moab believed the Hebrews originated in Egypt (Numbers 22:5)
- Paul (the apostle) was mistaken for an Egyptian by a Roman soldier (Acts 21:38)
As we can see, Moses being mistaken for an Egyptian was not an isolated incident. In the ancient past, Hebrews were indistinguishable from Egyptians to other nations, even into the time of Paul (1st century AD), and the above four examples prove this point.
Ask The Right Questions
- Why was Moses mistaken for an Egyptian?
- What color did the Egyptians depict themselves as?
- If God turned Moses’ arm white, what color was it before?
The Curse of White Skin
After spending 40 years in hiding after murdering an Egyptian, and attempting to cover it up, Moses meets with the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is the first time that we encounter any reference to white skin in scripture:
“And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.” – Exodus 4:6
Leprosy turns a black person’s skin white… but it makes a white person slightly more pale. Here are two pictures that show the drastic differences:
As we can see with our own eyes, one change is drastic and the other is meh… but this isn’t necessarily proof. However, if God wanted to make a drastic display of his power, instantly turning a black man into a white man would be huge.
Additional Note: This was the 2nd sign that was supposed to be more convincing than Moses’ rod turning into a serpent. The notion that God was turning white skin white, in Africa, as a powerful sign, just doesn’t make sense.
There’s also the previous reference to Moses being mistaken for an Egyptian, based solely on his appearance, and they depicted themselves as follows:
Those that deny that Egyptians were black, also fail to understand that in black culture, we accept all shades of African skin as “black”. From very dark to albino, we accept them as black. In fact, for those not in the know, the following picture represents the various skin tones that identify as being black and are accepted by other black people as being black.
All of the above shades of skin and albinos born to black people are both considered and accepted as black. We also accept biracial black people as black as well. So again, when we hear someone say that Egyptians weren’t black because they had brown skin, this comes from a place of cultural ignorance and not wanting to admit the truth about the Israelites. As we continue looking at white skin in the Bible, we find two other incidents in which white skin is represented as a curse:
Miriam Cursed With White Skin
“And the cloud departed from off the tabernacle; and, behold, Miriam became leprous, white as snow: and Aaron looked upon Miriam, and, behold, she was leprous.”
This was God’s response to Miriam and Aaron calling Moses out on his marriage to a Cushite woman (we’ll come back to this). Miriam’s curse only lasted a week, but I personally believe it was to teach her and us a lesson about race and discrimination based on skin color (my personal opinion). Because of this, Miriam was considered “unclean” and forced to live separate from the congregation until her condition cleared up.
Gehazi Cursed With White Skin
“The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.” – 2 Kings 5:27
While Miriam’s situation was temporary, Elishah cursed Gehazi and his descendants to have white skin forever. In order to put this into modern context, it’s important to note that many people believe that “leprosy” was an all encompassing term to describe the disease, as well as Vitiligo and Albinism.
Additional Note: The above does not mean that all white people or albinos are cursed. It is only used to demonstrate that a black person being turned white was both a sign from God, and used as a visual curse upon those that defied God and his prophets. Being born white is not a curse.
Ask The Right Questions
- Why was turning white considered bad?
- If Gehazi was cursed to be white, what color was he before?
For Further Study
Moses Had A Black Wife
If the Bible was a Eurocentric book, I highly doubt that the story of Moses would include him having a black wife. It is this same wife that Miriam was punished for criticizing:
“And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.” – Numbers 12:1
- Ethiopian (Strong’s #3569) – Kushi: a Cushite, or descendant of Cush — Cushi, Cushite, Ethiopian(-s).
Cushites are black descendants of Noah’s son Ham. As mentioned above, God not only defended this marriage, but turned Miriam white because she opened her mouth in opposition to it. While this fact doesn’t prove that Moses was a person of color, it is just one of many examples of interracial marriage in the Bible… if we take the position that the Hebrews were white or European.
Moses Was Depicted As Black
It wasn’t until hundreds of years after the founding of Christianity, that Moses started being depicted as white. Prior to this, Moses was depicted as black all over the world.
The first picture was made prior to 265 A.D in Dura-Europos (located in Syria), and shows a black Moses with a small afro. The second picture is of Ethiopian origin and is consistent with all of their depictions of black people, and also shows Moses with an Afro.
A Summary of The Evidence
When we take an intellectually honest look at all of the evidence, we see that Moses was not white or even “Middle Eastern” appearing, as we see today. Moses was a black man, born and raised in Africa, he spoke and read Egyptian, and was in line to become a Pharaoh. These facts, along with the oldest depictions of Moses, tells us that we’ve been lied to for a very long time about the Bible and it’s origins.