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One of the most often overlooked pieces of genealogical information involves the origins of the tribe of Judah. When Jacob’s original sons (the 12 tribes of Israel) needed wives, they sought out women descended from Ham. Because they were living in the land of Canaan, it makes sense that some of them would take Canaanite wives. Judah was no exception. Not only did he take a Canaanite wife for himself, but he took one for his oldest son as well. This is ultimately what leads to the birth of Pharez.
The Birth of Pharez
Tamar was originally meant for Judah’s oldest son, but after a series of unfortunate events, Tamar wound up a lonely, unmarried widow. After Judah failed to deliver his youngest son to her as promised, Tamar pretended to be a prostitute and tricked Judah into sleeping with her. Pharez was Judah’s son that was conceived during this night of passion with his daughter in law Tamar, a Canaanite woman.
“And Tamar his daughter in law bare him Pharez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five.” – 1 Chronicles 2:4
Hamite Blood In The Tribe of Judah
Pharez had a twin brother, which made him one of five of Judah’s children with female descendants of Ham. The encounter between Tamar and Judah is the first time in which we see Hamite blood introduced directly into the tribe of Judah, but it won’t be the last.
- Judah & Shuah (Canaanite)
- David & Bathsheba (Canaanite – Gilonite)
- Solomon & The Queen of Sheba (Ethiopian)
- Solomon & The Daughter of Pharaoh (Egyptian)
This mixing presents a huge problem for those that make the claim that God was against Israel mixing with anyone outside of their own tribes. Jacob had 12 sons and the only people they could mix with were outside of their family in the beginning. What we don’t see in scripture are the Hebrews mixing with the descendants of Japheth.
The Bloodline of The Messiah
As we follow the bloodline of Pharez, we learn that it is his line that eventually leads to the births of David and Solomon.
“Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David.” – Ruth 4:18-22
For those looking for evidence in support of a black Messiah and a black, then Pharez is a very important link. When we consider that Pharez was half Canaanite (descendants of Ham), it would mean that all of his children had Hamite blood as well. When we follow the line of Judah and reach Pharez’s great grandson Amminadab, it is his daughter Elisheba that marries Aaron, the brother of Moses and Miriam.
There is no doubt that Judah’s choice to have children with women from the line of Ham left Hamite blood flowing through multiple tribes of Israel. More specifically, it ensured that the line of Judah would forever have African blood in it.
The Sons of Pharez
- Ham: The Origin of Black Africans and Black Arabs In The Bible
- Tamar: The Canaanite Mother of Judah’s Son Pharez
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