Who Are the Ashkenazi Jews (a.k.a. “Khazars”)?
Isaiah 11:13 states, “Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile
toward Ephraim.” Hosea 1:11 states, ”The people of Judah and the people of
Israel will be reunited…” We’ve identified Palestinians as being descendents of
Ephraim. Next, we need to identify “Judah”. To do this, we'll trace the path of the
Ashkenazi/Khazar/Eastern European Jews from the Holy Land to southern Russia.
It’s important to restate having a physical ancestry traced back to the Holy Land
in no way supports wicked acts committed by either Israeli Jews or Palestinians.
Physical ancestry simply establishes fundamental rights of both peoples to reside
in the Holy Land. Once that’s established, religious laws in the Bible and Qur'an
direct both Ashkenazi Jews and Palestinians how to live peacefully alongside each
other in each group's allotted share of the Holy Land.
We'll start with a question: Did the Romans really drive out large numbers of
Jews after Jewish revolt in 70 A.D. and the Bar Kochba rebellion in 132-135 A.D.?
Or, were only a few Jews killed while most remaining inhabitants (i.e., today's
Palestinians) remained in place? If there was no revolt and subsequent mass
expulsion of Jewish tribes, then Ashkenazi Jews are as likely to be Israelites as
Hindus from India. If this were the case, if a vast majority of Jews remained in
the Holy Land following the rebellion, there'd be few or no Jews of the Diaspora
needing to return. It would discredit the claim of several million Ashkenazi Jews
in Israel and around the world that they are descendents of native Israelites.
It would mean the Palestinians’ genetic makeup is the standard for determining
whether someone's ancestors came from the region. It would also mean Muslims
would never be at peace with or accept alien invaders who had no prior God-given
rights to be there.
To answer this question, try Googling (do a “search”) for "Bar Kochba rebellion".
Here's two links to start with: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar_Kokhba_revolt
and other sources will establish in a scientific, historical sense that the Bar Kochba
revolt did take place, it was put down with extreme brutality, and large numbers of
Jews were driven from Judea and Galilee. It'll also show that Samaritans, who
inhabited the central region of the Holy Land, did not revolt and were not expelled.
In addition, the Qur'an, hadiths (sayings of Muhammad not included in the Qur'an),
and history of Islam provide witness to the presence of a large expatriate Jewish
community in the early 7th century (600's A.D.) living in the locale of Mecca and
Medina. They also provide a historical account of what motivated the Jewish tribes
who lived there to flee from their centuries-old refuge in exile.
Mecca and Medina, which together were the cradle of Islam, sit on the Western
edge of the Arabian peninsula, a short distance southeast of ancient Israel--
just outside the borders of the Roman Empire. How did such a large number of
Jews migrate there, and when and why? There's no record in either the Bible or
Qur'an of Israelites being taken captive to Mecca. So, they weren't descendents
of Israelites transplanted earlier by the Assyrian and Babylonian Empires.
Their captives were resettled far to the east in Iran (Elam) or across the Arabian
desert in Babylon, northern Iraq or Syria. There's no other logical explanation for
such a large community of Jews to live outside their homeland unless they'd fled
there to get away from the Romans.
Now, here's an account from the Qur'an referring to either the Jewish revolt
of 70 A.D. or the Bar Kochba revolt of 132-135 A.D.:
Sura 17:4-8, God;
4 And We solemnly declared to the children of Israel in the Book,
“Twice surely will ye enact crimes in the earth,
and with great loftiness of pride will ye surely be uplifted.”
5 So when the menace for the first crime came to be inflicted,
We sent against you Our servants with terrible prowess;
and they searched the inmost part of your abodes,
and the menace was accomplished.”
6 Then We gave you the mastery over them in turn,
and increased you in wealth and children, and made you a most numerous host.
7 “We said, “If ye do well, to your own behoof will ye do well:
and if ye do evil, against yourselves will ye do it."
And when the menace for your latter crime came to be inflicted,
then We sent an enemy to sadden your faces,
and to enter the Temple as they entered it at first,
and to destroy with utter destruction that which they had conquered.
8 "Haply your Lord will have mercy on you!
but if ye return We will return:…"
Verses 5-6 refer to Babylonians, and Daniel being raised to head advisor to the
Babylonian king. It may also refer the event Jews celebrate at Purim, where a
Persian politician tried to have Jews exterminated, but had the tables turned on
himself and his backers instead. Verses 7 & 8 speak about another enemy coming,
twice entering the Temple, and then utterly destroying the land they conquered.
That enemy must be the Roman Empire--no one else accomplished the feat prior
to Muhammad reciting the first Qur'an. Note how after entering the Temple the
second time that the conquerors, "destroy with utter destruction that which they
had conquered". That what got the Jewish tribes moving.
Verse 8 reads, " "Haply your Lord will have mercy on you! but if ye return
We will return:…" Here, the word "return" has several possible meanings. It could
mean "returning" to God through obedience or perhaps repeating ("returning to")
a previous error. In either case, God also "returns", either to reward or punish
them. A third, more likely, possibility exists. Verse 8 immediately follows the
account of the Romans utterly destroying the Jewish Israelites, so "return"
in this instance more aptly fits "returning" refugees. This interpretation agrees
with widespread Jewish and Christian beliefs that the large scale return of the
Ashkenazi Jews after World War II had prophetic significance.
So, Western and Islamic history and the Qur'an agree the Romans devastated
the parts of the Holy Land occupied by the Jewish tribes, i.e., Judea and Galilee.
Together, these establish that a huge Diaspora followed the defeat of the Jews
in 70 A.D. and 135 A.D.
The next question to be answered is: Where did these exiles go, and how would
they have arrived in Khazaria (south Russia between the Aral and Black Seas)?
While many Jews were already settled in lands elsewhere in the Roman Empire
at the time of the Bar Kochba revolt, it made no sense whatever for refugees
fleeing the fighting to go directly into the heart of the empire slaughtering them.
The logical choice for someone from Judea was to stay near water and travel
southeast across what's today Jordan to the eastern shore of the Gulf of Aqaba,
then follow the coastline south until the Gulf of Aqaba merges into the Red Sea.
Traveling further south brought the refugees outside the Romans' grasp and to
the environs of Mecca and Medina). For refugees from Galilee it made more sense
to flee north and eastward to Syria and Iraq. It's a historical fact and common
knowledge that large numbers of Jews settled in Babylon--that's where a lot of
the Talmud was written.
So, many of the fleeing Jewish tribes settled nearby their lost homeland, which subsequently was occupied almost continuously by the Romans (the Eastern or
"Byzantine" Roman Empire after the original empire split in two) for roughly the
next five hundred years--until Muslims took over. There was a brief period in the
early seventh century when the Persian Empire helped Jews temporarily to regain
control of Jerusalem, but the Byzantine Empire retook it five years later. So, for
almost the entire time prior to the spread of Islam it wasn't safe for Jewish
refugees to return to the Holy Land. Consequently, they were still in Mecca and
Medina when Islam arrived on the scene.
Now, comes the difficult part: explaining why Jewish tribes left centuries-old
havens to travel north to southern Russia (aka "Khazaria "). It's not hard finding
evidence of good reasons for an exodus of Jews from Muslim lands back in the
seventh and eighth centuries. What's difficult is including this information in an
article meant to promote peace rather than making prospects for peace between
Muslims and Jews seem like an impossible dream. So, before providing negative
evidence of why many Jews migrated north to Khazaria, we'll first see ample
proof that peace between Jews and Muslims is a valid and viable alternative.
The Qur’an Supports Interfaith Peace
Verily, they who believe (Muslims),
and they who follow the Jewish religion, and the Christians, …—
whoever of these believeth in God and the last day,
and doeth that which is right,
shall have their reward with their Lord:…"
113 Yet all are not alike:
Among the people of the Book is an upright folk,
who recite the signs of God in the night-season, and adore:
114 They believe in God and the Latter Day, and enjoin justice,
and forbid evil, and speed on in good works.
These are the righteous [whatever their religion]."
Sura 5:69 and Sura 3:113-114 prove Jews and Christians who do their religions
correctly are "upright", "righteous", and "believe in God", i.e., they're "faithful"
according to the Qur'an. Now, let's take this understanding and apply it in the
following passage to what's happening in the Holy Land…
9 If two bodies of the faithful [i.e.,"good" Jews and Muslims] are at war,
then make ye peace between them;
and if one of them wrong the other,
fight against that party which doth the wrong,
until they come back to the precepts of God;
if they come back, make peace between them with fairness,
and act impartially; God loveth those who act with impartiality.
10 Only the faithful are brethren;
wherefore make peace between your brethren;
and fear God, that ye may obtain mercy."
The meaning of the term "Islam" is "submitting to God". Muhammad was saying
people who follow other religions properly are also submitting to God, i.e., they're
"Muslims" of a different sort. That's partly the reason for the following passages:
Let there be no compulsion in religion.
Now is the right way made distinct from error."
SAY to those who have received the Book, and to the common folk,
"Do ye surrender yourselves unto God?"
If they become Muslims, then they are guided aright:
but if they turn away—thy duty is only preaching,
and God's eye is on His servants."
Fortunately for us today, the Qur’an contains a strong message of forgiveness.
But for breaking their covenant
We have cursed them ["the children of Israel"]…
But forgive them, and pass it over:
verily, God loveth those who act generously!"
…Turn away evil by what is better, and lo!
he between whom and thyself was enmity,
shall be as though he were a warm friend."
No permanent enmity need exist between Muslims and either Jews or Christians.
It's a choice people make, even if millions choose "wrong" and teach others to do
"wrong". Now, on to examining the darker side of relations between Jews and
Muslims that led so many Jews to depart the Middle East long ago.
THE REASON MANY JEWS FLED FROM MUSLIM LANDS
Relations between Muslims and Jews over the centuries and in different places
weren't uniformly good or bad. Much of the time, Jews received better treatment
in Muslim lands than in Christian. However, at times their relations with each other
were awful. When that happened, Jews feared for their lives. Terrified people are
apt to flee places if the people who terrify them are stronger than themselves.
The hadiths attest that many Jews did indeed go into exile. Whether they became
terrified as a result of their own misdeeds or someone else's fault isn't the issue.
We're simply going to see that Jews who opposed Islam had extremely sufficient
and dire motivation to flee the Middle East and make a bee-line north to Khazaria.
Relations between Muslims and Jews began to deteriorate after Muhammad left
Mecca to live in Medina (called "Yathrib" at the time) in 622 C.E. There were three
significant Jewish tribes living in Medina almost 500 years after the Romans
drove out their ancestors; the "Bani Qaynuqa", "Bani Nadir", and "Bani Quraiza".
In a short span of time after Muhammad arrived in Medina, the three Jewish
tribes were gone. The Bani Qaynuqa and Nadir were exiled and their possessions
taken from them. A leader of the Bani Nadir named "Ka`b bin al-Ashraf" was
murdered/executed after being tricked into leaving his "castle" under orders
from Muhammad. An account of this may be found in the al-Bukhari collection of
hadiths in book 5, passage #369. It's also recorded by Muslim sources that this
act terrified other Jews.
If that wasn't enough, after being accused of betraying Muslims to the Meccans,
every adult male member of the third tribe, the Bani Quraiza, was executed and
their women and children divided among the Muslim army. As news of this spread
(along with the spread of Islam), many Jews naturally would want to leave.
Try doing a computer search of "Ka`b bin al-Ashraf", "Bani Qaynuqa", "Bani Nadir",
and "Bani Quraiza". You'll have loads of references to look up and a much clearer
understanding of the predicament the world faces today.
These actions against the Jews of Medina weren't unprovoked, and it's
necessary to understand the historical context in which they happened. It was
an unfortunate event directed towards a specific person and group threatening
the early Muslims' security, but it's been taken by many Muslims as being meant
globally and for all time. Knowledge of this isn't hidden from Israeli Jews, even
if Western people are ignorant of it. It means that if they're put between a rock
and a hard place, Israelis will likely be desperate enough to resort to using “nukes”.
We need to get this one "right" for everyone's sake.
Here's a brief account of the historical context for what happened: In Islam's
early days, Muslims were opposed by Mecca's polytheistic Arab rulers, whose
armies together greatly outnumbered that of the Muslims of Medina. For several
years the Meccan rulers tried to entice the Jewish tribes into an alliance against
the Muslims. Muslims were in a very precarious position, outnumbered by the
Meccan army and threatened from within by the high likelihood of a large fifth
column (the Jewish tribes of Medina). The manner in which Muslims handled the
internal threat sent Jews on a new exodus north (and elsewhere).
Alright, I've done what I can to prepare you for the anti-Jewish parts of the
Qur'an and hadiths. Now, here's some examples of these:
Sura 5:13 (speaking about Jews);
But for breaking their covenant
We have cursed them ["the children of Israel"], and…hardened their hearts.
…Thou wilt not cease to discover deceit on their part, except in a few of them.
But forgive them, and pass it over:…”
There's two important things to note here: first, while "children of Israel"
applies to Jews, it applies to Palestinians as well, who are also descended
from Israelites. Then, we have this…
O believers! take not the Jews or Christians as friends.
They are but one another's friends.
If anyone of you taketh them for his friends, he surely is one of them!"
While Sura 5:51 appears to describe the way many Christians side with Jews
in the Holy Land today, when it was originally spoken it referred to events of
Muhammad's time. It’s meant neither eternally or globally. Otherwise, passages
you read four pages earlier under the heading “The Qur’an Supports Interfaith
Peace” make no sense. However, there’s no contradiction if the negative passages
are directed at the actions of a specific group of Jews at a specific time and
location. Once the Jewish tribes were exiled from Medina and Mecca, they'd look
for allies to oppose the spread of the nation/religion that exiled them. Christians
(i.e., the Byzantine Empire) were likewise seeking allies to oppose the spread of a
competing religion. The negative passages primarily apply to the political situation
of that era, even if they appear to fit what's going on today, too.
Next, two prophecies that appear deadly to Jews--and are deadly the way
they're taught to Muslims. In both, “Isã”, the Arabic equivalent of “Jesus”,
has just defeated the “Dajjãl” (“the Antichrist”) and an allied Jewish army
in the West Bank. Here they are…
Sunan Ibn-I-Majah p.384 #4077;
…Thus Allãh would defeat the Jews
and there would be left nothing that Allãh has created
with which a Jew would hide himself but Allãh would make that thing speak:
neither a stone, nor a tree, neither a wall nor a beast
but a gharqad) (a thorny tree).
So it is one of their (Jews’ tree)
-and would not pronounce (the presence of a Jew), but it would pronounce:
'O Muslim servant of Allah, this is a Jew. Come and kill him."
Here's another… Sahih Muslim Chapter MCCV p.1510m #6981-85;
The Jews will be deflated with the help of Allah.
There will be no place for them to hide;
they will not be able to hide behind any stone, wall, animal or tree
– except the boxthorn (al-Gharqarah) - without saying,
'O Muslim servant of Allah! here is a Jew, come and kill him!"
These, together with other hadiths, are taught in a literal sense to mean killing
and/or expelling all Jews in the Holy Land. When mass numbers of people have
their minds patterned to believe this way, peace is impossible. Add together the
hadith in which the Jew Ka`b bin al-Ashraf is deceived and killed, and it's easy
to see how dangerous these passages may be if misinterpreted. I'll touch on
this subject in a later article. Here, we're following the path of the Jewish
exodus from the Holy Land, not teaching Islamic theology. What's important
to know is that there is a peaceful path out of this mess and that Jews had a
very good reason to keep moving north ahead of the advancing Islamic nation.
Now, we come to the final leg of the journey of the Jewish tribes from the
Holy Land north to southern Russia. The map of Khazaria below graphically
demonstrates why Jews emigrated to Khazaria when relations with their Arab
neighbors soured. As Islam spread, the Jewish tribes originally exiled from Medina
would have had to keep on the move. Many would have traveled north to join with
the large Jewish community in Babylon. Once Islam moved north to Babylon,
Khazaria was the most logical place for them to go.
MAP OF KHAZARIA
The net result of Islam’s rise in the late 600’s A.D. was that Jews weren’t very
welcome in Mesopotamia anymore. And here’s where Khazaria comes in. Khazaria
existed from 652 A.D. until 1016 A.D., when Russia conquered them. In 740 A.D.,
the Khazar king made Judaism the state religion of Khazaria. This, at just the
time Jews needed to leave Mesopotamia. If you were a Jew back then, you could
travel hundreds of miles through dangerous territory to Europe to face
persecution by Christians or stay at home and face persecution from Muslims.
Or you could make a much shorter bee-line due North where you’d be welcome
in Khazaria. Where would you go?
Over the course of the next four centuries, the Jewish refugees intermixed
with the Khazars, who were primarily of Turkish descent (i.e., Hittite, but with
a bit of Mongol blood and whoever else had invaded the region). So, the genetic
gulf between half-brother Israelites grew and grew. In addition, since many
Samaritans were Canaanites absorbed into the tribe or people from elsewhere
in Mesopotamia who’d been transplanted by the Assyrian Empire into Samaria,
it’s no surprise the genetic connection between Palestinians and Ashkenazi Jews
is so vague and elusive. The point is, holding Ashkenazi Jews to a standard of
how closely they resemble Palestinians is asking the wrong question and applying
an unfair measure. We know the Romans did what they did. The defeated Jewish
Israelite tribes had to go somewhere. Certainly, they didn’t flee to Rome.
With the rise of Islam, common sense tells us where many would go—i.e., Khazaria.
The following three prophecies all refer to returning Ashkenazi Jew Israelites…
5 "The days are coming," declares the LORD,…
6 …Judah will be saved and Israel will live in safety. …
7 "So then, the days are coming," declares the LORD,
"when people will no longer say,
`As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,'
8 but they will say, `As surely as the LORD lives,
who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north
and out of all the countries where he had banished them.'
Then they will live in their own land."
The "land of the north"? In the Bible, that phrase is used to describe the
Assyrian Empire, whose territory included southern portions of what later
became known as “Khazaria”. The following prophecy is a near duplicate…
14 "However, the days are coming," declares the LORD,
"when men will no longer say,
`As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,'
15 but they will say, `As surely as the LORD lives,
who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north
and out of all the countries where he had banished them.'
For I will restore them to the land I gave their forefathers."
The next prophecy refers to the confusion over Ashkenazi origins and claims
that they’re alien interlopers posing as Israelites.
20 The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing,
‘This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.’
21 Then you will say in your heart,
‘Who bore me these [Ashkenazi Jews/Khazars]?
I was bereaved and barren; I was exiled and rejected.
Who brought these up?
I was left all alone, but these—where have they come from?’ ”
Plenty of Palestinians and their sympathizers claim Ashkenazi Jews aren't
Israelites. The questions, “’Who bore me these?”, Who brought these up?”,
and “where have they come from?” sound like the people today who deny
Ashkenazi Jews’ rights to be in the Holy Land. They believe Ashkenazi Jews
have no prior history whatsoever in the Holy Land, and they base that judgment
on the lack of common genetics with Palestinians. But, as we saw in the previous
chapter, the Israelites are composed of many peoples, so a direct correspondence
of the genetics of Palestinians and Ashkenazi Jews is a flawed standard upon which
to make a fair and accurate judgment. However, it's interesting to note that God
apparently noticed this confusion.
One last question:
We’ve seen evidence that the Romans did indeed attack Judea and Galilee and
that people fled. We’ve seen evidence the descendents of many of these people
made their way north to Khazaria. But, we still haven’t received proof that not all
Israelites were Abraham’s physical descendents, which is necessary to explain
the genetic gulf separating the two groups. Following are examples of accounts
which prove Canaanites remained in the land (mostly in the proximity of the tribal
lands of Ephraim and Manasseh, later called “Samaria”). There’s also proof that
outsiders from other parts of Mesopotamia were imported into Samaria by the
Assyrian Empire. These peoples remained to become part of the mixed population
that the Bible calls, “Samaritans”, and which 2000 years later we call “Palestinian”.
First, a commandment from Deuteronomy:
7 Do not abhor an Edomite, for he is your brother.
Do not abhor an Egyptian, because you lived as an alien in his country.
8 The third generation of children born to them
may enter the assembly of the LORD.”
Egyptians were permitted into the assembly of Israelites.
In the following account from Joshua, “Gibeon” and the other cities mentioned
were located in the far northwest of Benjamin’s allotment (in the central region of
Canaan, which also included Jerusalem). The Hivites’ cities lay next to Ephraim’s
southern border, which at times overlapped and included some of these cities.
Joshua 9:3, 6, 17-18, 26-27;
3 …the people of Gibeon [Hivites/Canaanites]…6…went to Joshua…and said…
"We have come from a distant country; make a treaty with us."
16 Three days after they made the treaty with the Gibeonites,
the Israelites heard that they were neighbors, living near them.
17 So the Israelites set out and on the third day came to their cities:
Gibeon, Kephirah, Beeroth and Kiriath Jearim.
18 But the Israelites did not attack them,
because the leaders of the assembly had sworn an oath to them…
26 So Joshua saved them from the Israelites, and they did not kill them.
27 …he made the Gibeonites woodcutters and water carriers for the community
and for the altar of the LORD…And that is what they are to this day.”
11 Within Issachar and Asher, Manasseh also had Beth Shan, Ibleam
and the people of Dor, Endor, Taanach and Megiddo,
together with their surrounding settlements…”
12 Yet the Manassites were not able to occupy these towns,
for the Canaanites were determined to live in that region.
13 However, when the Israelites grew stronger, they subjected
the Canaanites to forced labor but did not drive them out completely.”
If the Manassites were unable to drive out the inhabitants, the inhabitants
must have been numerous. Those preceding two passages prove Canaanites
remained in the land, The next passage proves other peoples unrelated to Abraham
were also part of the population mix that later became known as “Palestinians”:
2 Kings 17:23-24;
24 The king of Assyria brought people from Babylon,
Cuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim
and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites.
They took over Samaria and lived in its towns."
So many foreigners were present in what was formerly the northern kingdom,
“Israel”, that the northernmost district became known as “Galilee of the Gentiles”.
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress.
In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali,
but in the future he will honor Galilee of the Gentiles,…”
That’s enough proof Israelites weren’t a genetically “pure” population where
everyone was physically descended from Abraham. Now that we know this,
we need proof that the Jewish tribes that were later evicted by the Romans
had remained separate from their neighbors, both within Canaan and outside it.
Proof the Jews of Judea remained apart from their neighbors
A much misunderstood passage in Deuteronomy lies at the root of this…
Deuteronomy 6:14, 7:1-
6:14 Do not follow other gods, the gods of the peoples around you;
7:1 When…God brings you into the land you are entering to possess…
3 Do not intermarry with them [the inhabitants].
Do not give your daughters to their sons
or take their daughters for your sons,
4 for they will turn your sons away from following me to serve other gods,…”
Jews were commanded not to intermarry with their neighbors. Why? Is God
racist? Or was it something else? At the time this commandment was given to the
Israelites, the worship of “other gods” of that region entailed human sacrifice.
To “serve other gods” included the practice of ritual cannibalism. When the
Israelites turned to worship of other gods, you find numerous mentions of this.
I won’t print them out here—this book is long enough already. Instead, here’s
some passages anyone can research on their own: Psalms 16:4, 106:35-39,
Jeremiah 3:6-10, Ezekiel 20:21-31, 23:36-39. The injunction against marrying
outside the tribe had nothing to do with genetics or race. It had to do with
horrible cultural practices the neighboring societies engaged in. The following
account from the book of Numbers proves the injunction in Deuteronomy 7 isn’t
about racism. Here’s the account where God allegorically spits in racists’ faces…
1 Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses
because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite
[ “Cush” is the Bible name for what we today call “Sudan”.
Moses had intermarried outside the tribe with an African woman.
What did God think of this? ].
2 "Has the LORD spoken only through Moses?" they asked.
"Hasn't he also spoken through us?"
And the LORD heard this.
3 (Now Moses was a very humble man,
more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)
4 At once the LORD said to Moses, Aaron and Miriam,
"Come out to the Tent of Meeting, all three of you."
So the three of them came out.”
5 Then the LORD came down in a pillar of cloud;
he stood at the entrance to the Tent and summoned Aaron and Miriam.
When both of them stepped forward, 6 he said,
"Listen to my words: "When a prophet of the LORD is among you,
I reveal myself to him in visions, I speak to him in dreams.
7 But this is not true of my servant Moses; he is faithful in all my house.
8 With him I speak face to face, clearly and not in riddles;
he sees the form of the LORD.
Why then were you not afraid to speak against my servant Moses?"
9 The anger of the LORD burned against them, and he left them.
10 When the cloud lifted from above the Tent,
there stood Miriam—leprous, like snow.
Aaron turned toward her and saw that she had leprosy;
11 and he said to Moses,
"Please, my lord, do not hold against us the sin we have so foolishly
committed. 12 Do not let her be like a stillborn infant coming from its
mother's womb with its flesh half eaten away."
13 So Moses cried out to the LORD,
"O God, please heal her!"
14 The LORD replied to Moses,
"If her father had spit in her face,
would she not have been in disgrace for seven days?
Confine her outside the camp for seven days;
after that she can be brought back."
The Bible necessarily touches on the issue of racism, because racism is a human
issue we must grow out of. The message of the Bible concerning racism, however,
is that it disgusts and infuriates God. It can be very easy to get confused when
God says, “Stay away from those people because…” People can forget the
“because” and think it’s the people themselves. Apparently, that mistake was
made by the Jewish tribes. That’s why the following passages made their way
into the New Testament…
9 The Samaritan woman said to him [Jesus],
"You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?"
(For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)”
As you’ve learned, Ephraim and Manasseh intermixed with the surrounding
peoples and those the Assyrians imported. The mistake concerning genetics
and righteousness is evidenced in the next two passages…
7 But when he [John the Baptist] saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees
coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them:…8 Produce fruit in
keeping with repentance.9 And do not think you can say to yourselves,
`We have Abraham as our father.'
I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham.”
33 They [some Jews speaking with Jesus] answered him,
"We are Abraham's descendants and have never been slaves of anyone.
How can you say that we shall be set free?"
39 "Abraham is our father," they answered.”
On some level, the mistake concerning race as opposed to behavior as the
reason for staying separate appears to have become ingrained in some of
the Jewish tribes. Perhaps it was because their ancestors had been held in
captivity for over 400 years by Egyptians, and Ephraim and Manasseh and
most of their neighbors had a degree of Egyptian ancestry. (Remember,
Ephraim and Manasseh’s father, Joseph, married an Egyptian (Genesis 41:45).)
In that case, the mistake becomes much more human and understandable.
Lots of peoples who’ve been oppressed feel a sense of moral superiority over
the people who oppressed them. It’s a human error.
Galatians 3:26-29, Paul;
26 You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus,
27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ
have clothed yourselves with Christ [and his teachings].
28 There is neither Jew nor Greek [no racism, no nationalism],
slave nor free, male nor female,
for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
29 If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed,
and heirs according to the promise.”
And among His signs are the creation of the heavens and of the earth,
and your varieties of tongues and color. Herein truly are signs for all men."
Sura 22:34; And to every people have we appointed rites,
that they may commemorate the name of God…"
One final note: Wherever the Jewish tribes fled, their descendents only have
a legitimate claim to the share of the Holy Land belonging to Judah, not Ephraim.
The Ashkenazi share of the Holy Land is only in the half granted to the “Jewish”
side of the Israelites, not the Palestinian part.
I’ll close by first thanking God, who directed me to this knowledge and what to
do with it. I also thank all the wonderful, kind-hearted people who’ve assisted
in this endeavor. I pray our efforts will help others enjoy the fruits of peace.
I also pray the spirit of peace compels readers to share this peace plan with
others. That’s how the word spreads and change happens. Pass it on!
We’re planning a peace conference in Jerusalem in 2012. If you’d like more
information or to contact us regarding the peace plan, please send an e-mail
Psalm 122:6-9, David;
6 Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
"May those who love you be secure.
7 May there be peace within your walls and security within your citadels."
8 For the sake of my brothers and friends, I will say,
"Peace be within you."
9 For the sake of the house of the LORD our God,
I will seek your prosperity."
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One Last Thing
Nowhere is it recorded that Moses got paid for the Ten Commandments.
Matthew 10:8, Jesus;
…Freely you have received, freely give."
Sura 6:91, Muhammmad;
…No pay do I ask of you for this.
Verily it is no other than the teaching for all creatures."
Since this work would have little impact without the specific basis for a
peaceful solution being written into the sacred books cited here, I think
it’s fair to say all real credit for this book should go to the One responsible
for the scriptures in the first place, not myself for my efforts. Some might
put it as, “All glory goes to God”. I do.
If anyone ever reprints this for profit, God had better get a righteous
share to distribute to resettling people in the Holy Land and helping the
poor elsewhere whenever possible.
Direct comments or questions to Robert Leon Mendelson