Reconstructing the Ancient Black Presence In The Northern Regions of Africa and The Ancient Near East (ANE)

The reason why I try to gain so many pieces of evidence that tell of the Moors, Arabs, ancient bloodline Jews/Israelites, Berbers, Egyptians, Numidians, Garamantes, Imazighen, the Nabit people, and other groups having a consistent black presence in ancient and medieval time periods is for several reasons.

To begin, some Eurocentric scholars and historians believe the only reason why black people are in the northern regions of Africa and in Arabia is due to the Arab Slave Trade (even though millions of white people were taken captive and shipped to these areas over several centuries, as well). Furthermore, I want people to have an accurate understanding of the ancient and medieval world’s ethnic and cultural diversity. I am trying to reconstruct the ethnic and cultural diversity of the ancient and medieval past for the northern regions of Africa and the ancient near east.

Understanding how diverse the ancient and medieval world was makes it easier for one to conceptualize that different groups like the Israelites were black and that different groups like the Numidians had both black and white peoples in them. Understanding how diverse medieval Spain and Portugal was aids in the process of helping individuals understand that when sources state a Jew or Moor was black in Iberia, that source should most likely be taken literally.

Regarding the Moors, numerous scholars have equated the Moors and the Jews to be of the same racial stock, so if you identify the Moors as being black then you identify the ancient Jews as being black, as well.

Regarding ancient Arabians, some evidence indicates some of the original Arabians were black. This is important because some of the original Arabian tribes trace their lineage back to Shemitic roots.

Regarding the Berbers, different scholars have equated the ancient Berbers to being Jews at one point and/or Jews mixing amongst them. When you identify that some of the ancient, original Berbers were black and/or there have always been black Berber tribes, then you make another connection to the ancient Jews.

Sources regarding the Elamites being a black, negroid, negrito, dark-skinned people provide some of the clearest evidence that Shem had black, brown, and/or dark-skinned descendants.

These sources also defeat the notion that blacks recently arrived to the Middle East and the northern regions of Africa via the Trans-Saharan Slave Trade. The Bible clearly tells us that Ham had a strong presence in the Middle East, so black people, whether Hamitic or Shemitic, have connections to the Middle East. The Bible also tells us that Shemitic and Hamitic peoples mixed.

Sources detailing the ancient black presence and influence in Greco-Roman society and mythology augment the concept that the ancient Mediterranean Basin was truly a melting pot. Potentially utilizing a euhemeristic lenses (there is some element of truth in mythology) with Greco-Roman mythology will aid one in seeking the elements of truth that the likes of Homer wrote when they were writing down long-held oral traditions. I believe it is important to handle with care other cultures. If we want people to take African history and oral traditions seriously, then we need to show the same respect for others. Please value what the people of whatever culture you are studying value. If they put emphasis on their Eddas (Viking narratives) or oral traditions that were eventually written down (the foundation of Greco-Roman mythology), then it may be wise to handle with care the things they value and seek to understand their culture. It is possible, as we have spoken of elsewhere on this website, that figures such as Zeus or Medusa were indeed real people who were deified by following generations due to the concept of ancestor worship.

Some sources on this website will try to emphasize the fact that we should try to avoid presentism as much as possible. Meaning, we shouldn’t enforce our modern values onto the past. In my opinion, we should seek to view the past as much as possible from those who were in the past and then try and connect the past to the future. At times, it is best to start from the present and traverse to the past, but this must be done tactfully and one must adjust to whatever culture or time period they are studying.

By Truth Ministries

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