Elam and The Elamites: The Evidence No Believer Can Afford To Ignore

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:

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 the history of the Elamites, we run into a truth that might be a hard pill for some to swallow.

The War of The Kings

After the brief mention of his birth, the next time we see the descendants of Elam mentioned is in Genesis 14. Chedorlaomer is king of Elam and based on the context, the “king of kings”. Not in the sense of Christ’s title, but he was ruler over eight other kings before the destruction of the cities on the plain:

  1. Amraphel: King of Shinar
  2. Arioch: King of Ellasar
  3. Tidal: King of The Gentiles
  4. Bera: King of Sodom
  5. Birsha: King of Gomorrah
  6. Shinab: King of Admah
  7. Shemeber: King of Zeboiim
  8. Unnamed: King of Bela / Zoar

We’re not told how Cheorlaomer rose to his prominent position above all other surrounding nations, but we are told that those nations rebelled.

“Twelve years they served Chedorlaomer, and in the thirteenth year they rebelled.” – Genesis 14:4

Four of the eight subservient kings rebelled against Chedorlaomer after twelve years of being under his leadership. After the rebellion of the five kings, Chedorlamer and the four kings that were with him retaliate, but they don’t attack the five kings first. They actually attack several tribes of post flood nephilim giants, also referred to as rapha.

“And in the fourteenth year came Chedorlaomer, and the kings that were with him, and smote the Rephaims in Ashteroth Karnaim, and the Zuzims in Ham, and the Emims in Shaveh Kiriathaim…” – Genesis 14:5

It is the slaying of these hybrids that leads to an all out war that leads to the kidnapping of Lot, Abraham’s rescue mission, and the introduction of Melchizedek, king of Salem. The alliance of kings that rebelled against him are also the same five cities that we’ll see a few chapters later when the Lord shows up to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah.

“And there went out the king of Sodom, and the king of Gomorrah, and the king of Admah, and the king of Zeboiim, and the king of Bela (the same is Zoar) and they joined battle with them in the vale of Siddim; With Chedorlaomer the king of Elam, and with Tidal king of nations, and Amraphel king of Shinar, and Arioch king of Ellasar; four kings with five.” – Genesis 14:8-9

Scripture doesn’t tell us why Chedorlaomer started the war by attacking the hybrid giants or why the kings of Sodom and Gomorrah rushed to their aid, but we can safely assume that there was an alliance between the latter. It seems to be a strategic move on the part of the four kings to catch the giants off guard with a surprise attack. Ultimately, the campaign of Chedorlaomer and his allies pays off and they emerge victorious, but during their looting they kidnap Abraham’s nephew Lot and his family.

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The Elamite Kingdom of Shushan / Susa

Mainstream Christianity teaches that the descendants of Shem established the Middle East and have always looked like the brown skin Middle Easterners today. However, what we’re about to see is that the version of history we’ve been fed does not match the version of history that was discovered in Susa.

As we can see on the map, the Elamite kingdom of Susa was located just outside of the Arabia Peninsula, near Iran (Persia). It is in Susa that the Palace of Shushan is located, and we’ll see this palace mentioned several times in scripture under the rule of multiple kings.

The Palace In Shushan / Susa

Shushan, also known as Susa was an important city in the Elamite empire. The city is so important that it is mentioned in three books of the Bible at three different points in history.

“The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chisleu, in the twentieth year, as I was in Shushan the palace” – Nehemiah 1:1

That in those days, when the king Ahasuerus sat on the throne of his kingdom, which was in Shushan the palace.” – Esther 1:2

“And I saw in a vision; and it came to pass, when I saw, that I was at Shushan in the palace, which is in the province of Elam; and I saw in a vision, and I was by the river of Ulai.” – Daniel 8:2

Susa played a very important role in ancient times, but it’s role in modern times may be even bigger still. We know that Susa was founded by the oldest son of Shem, Elam. And it is in Susa that we find concrete evidence that the descendants of Shem were black, which means that Shem was also black.

Were The Elamites Black People?

Those that claim “skin color doesn’t matter”, are often those that are comfortable with the lie of a majority white wold in the ancient past, and we know that it’s not true. Much of the controversy surrounding ethnicity in the Bible is due to the Renaissance Period and the campaign to turn all things Biblical into European origin, regardless of the evidence. In the Zondervan Bible dictionary we find the following statement that seems to point to Shem or Japheth as the origin of Negroes.

Ham – The youngest son of Noah, born probably about 96 years before the Flood; and one of eight persons to live through the Flood. He became the progenitor of the dark races; not the Negroes, but the Egyptians, Ethiopians, Libyans and Canaanites.” – Zondervan Bible Compact Dictionary

Most serious students of the Bible agree that Japheth was the origin of Europeans, but when it comes to Shem, beliefs are split down the middle due to the fact that Shem’s descendants often mixed with Ham’s descendants. The following images were discovered in Susa and clearly show a nation of black people descended from Shem, which seems to support the claim that Negroes did not come from Ham or Japheth, but from Shem.

At first glance we can see that there is still black paint on their face and hands. It has faded over time, but it is evident what color they were originally painted. We also notice that they have what looks like Afros under their head wear. While this evidence is intriguing, it’s not even the best evidence of Shem having negro descendants.

The Elamite Archers

The Bible makes several references to the fact that the Elamite army were noted for their archers. The following images prove that the Biblical claims are true:

And Elam bare the quiver with chariots of men and horsemen, and Kir uncovered the shield.” – Isaiah 22:6

“Thus saith the LORD of hosts; Behold, I will break the bow of Elam, the chief of their might.” – Jeremiah 49:35

The verse in Jeremiah indicates that the bow was the primary weapon that gave the Elamites their military advantage. A bow combined with a chariot was the equivalent of a modern day tank in ancient times. Here is the concrete proof of that the Elamites were indeed black because they painted themselves as black people.

Persian Royal Guard In Shushan Palace
Elamite Royal Guard In Shushan Palace
Elamite Archers
Elamite Archer
Elamite Archer
Elamite Archer With Negro Features
The Elamite Sphinx

Even the sphinx was depicted with a black face because that was the prevailing skin color at the time in the “Middle East” in the past. It is very convenient for European Christianity to repaint everyone and everything in the Bible white in order to cover up the truth, and then act as though race had no role in them doing so. Those of us that are true believers need to be about the truth, and the truth includes teaching the REAL origin and ethnicity of Biblical people, while also rejecting the notion of a predominantly white origins of humanity.

Winged sphinx from the palace of Darius the Great at Susa.
Winged sphinx from the palace of Darius the Great at Susa.

Elam In Bible Prophecy

When it comes to Elam, their fate for angering God was similar to the fate of the Hebrews for doing the same. The prophet Jeremiah prophesied the following concerning the Elamite empire:

“And upon Elam will I bring the four winds from the four quarters of heaven, and will scatter them toward all those winds; and there shall be no nation whither the outcasts of Elam shall not come.” – Jeremiah 49:36

The Regathering of Elam

Jeremiah makes one reference to the end of the captivity of Elam, but the book of Isaiah makes mention that there would be Hebrews regathered out of the land of Elam.

“And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.” – Isaiah 11:11

“But it shall come to pass in the latter days, that I will bring again the captivity of Elam, saith the LORD.” – Jeremiah 49:39

The phrase “latter days” is used throughout scripture to refer to the events at the end of the age. According to Jeremiah, that’s when God promises to regather Elam from their scattering and captivity. Isaiah mentions that God’s people will be regathered from Elam. God’s people are the Israelites and the Elamites traditionally worshiped multiple gods, but mainly Ahura-Mazda. What we can safely assume is that there are Hebrews in Iran that will be gathered with the remnant at the end of the age.

By Black History In The Bible

"And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." - John 8:45-47


  • Good article! There are so many “Afro Iranians” in southern Iran. These people seem to never be recognized by mainstream media. The original “Black” inhabitants are still found in Upper Egypt, Iran, India, Oman Yemen and various other lands.

    • Black History In The Bible -

      Thanks. The governments will never acknowledge a black middle east. They’d have to acknowledge black Hebrews at that point, and then all their hard work will fall apart.

  • Apostle Sabrina Walker -

    Thank you so much I look forward to purchasing everyone that you have written.So far i use a composition book to hand write each one that i will have a record of your teachings.I thank Elohiym Yahuah for your awakening at a time such as this to teach others that they can teach all others.
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