What Did The Israelites Look Like?
"Her Nazarites (nobles) were purer than snow; they were WHITER than milk; they were more RUDDY in body than rubies" (Lam.4:7). The name "LABAN" means "WHITE." Rebecca was "BEAUTIFUL and well favored" (Gen.29:17). Joseph was "a GOODLY person, and well favored" (Gen.39:6; cp. Jasher 44). He is described as having a face which was "PINK like a rose" (Talmud Sota, p.36). Moses was "EXCEEDING FAIR" (Acts 7:20). David was "RUDDY, and ... of a BEAUTIFUL countenance, and GOODLY to look to" (1 Sam.16:12). David was a RED-HEAD. Queen Esther was "FAIR and BEAUTIFUL" (Es.2:7). Egyptian wall illustrations portray Israelites as often BLONDE or RED-HAIRED though darker Israelites are also often depicted. Sir J. Gardner Wilkinson ("Ancient Egyptians," II, 198) asserts that "the Jews of the East to this day often have RED hair and BLUE eyes, with a NOSE of delicate form, and nearly STRAIGHT, and are quite unlike their brethren of Europe; and the children in modern Jerusalem have the PINK and WHITE of Europeans. It is the Syrians who have the large nose that strikes us as the peculiarity of the Western Israelites. This prominent feature was always a characteristic of the Syrians; but not of the ancient, nor of the modern, Jews of Judaea." On Shalmaneser's Black Obelisk Jehu the king of Israel is shown paying tribute. His nose and facial contour are not Hebrew, but Hittite. "The Assyrian artist succeeded but badly in human portraiture ... Little, if any, attempt is made even to distinguish the natives of different foreign countries from one another, except in the way of dress. All alike have the same features as the Assyrians themselves" (Sayce, Assyria, 1926, pp.110-111). "The later Assyrians have indeed been well described as Hittites who had adopted the civilization of Basbylon." (The Cambridge Ancient History, vol. 2, 1931, p.7). The ancient writers such as Polemon of Ilium, Galienos, Clement of Alexandria and Adamantios state that the Sacae were like the Kelts and Germans and describe them as FAIR or RUDDY FAIR." (p. 130, Gunther's Racial Elements of European History.)
Why Don't Anglo-Saxons Look Jewish?
Sir J. G. Wilkinson, F.R.S. in his Popular Account of the Ancient Egyptians says, The brickmakers, far from having what is considered the very Jewish expression ... are represented as a WHITE people ... some have BLUE EYES and RED HAIR ... if I were disposed to think them Jews, I should rather argue it from many of these figures NOT having the LARGE NOSE and DARK EYES and HAIR we consider as Jewish types; for some of these brickmakers are painted YELLOW, with BLUE EYES and small beards. Others are RED with a retrousse (TURNED UP at the end) NOSE ....the Jews of the East to this day often have RED HAIR and BLUE EYES, with a NOSE ... nearly STRAIGHT, and are quite UNLIKE their brethren of Europe; and the children in modern Jerusalem have the PINK and WHITE complexions of Europeans" (vol. 2, ch. 8, pp. 197-198).
But after Moses led them out of Egypt, Joshua 15:63 implies that Judah intermarried with the JEBUSITES. In 586 B.C. Nebuchadnezzar invaded. The "BAD FIGS" of Jeremiah 24:1-10 were then "removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their hurt, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt (People say "I got Jewed" when they pay too much.) and a curse, in all places to which I shall drive them. And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence among them, till they be consumed from off the land that I gave unto them and to their fathers" (cp. Jer.44:8). The words "byword" in Deuteronomy 28:37 and "taunt" in Jeremiah 24:9 are both a translation of the Hebrew word "sheninah" and we find Jews called "Sheeni" as an insult today. Some feel that these scriptures describe the ghettos of Italy, pogroms of Russia and Eastern Europe and the concentration camps of Germany. But others quote Zechariah 1:15 saying the Jews were "afflicted ... far beyond" God's intentions. Did these Jews become part of the ASHKENAZIM who were predominantly round-headed Alpine types?
The "GOOD FIGS" were taken to Babylon in 604 B.C. Many Jews at this time also escaped to Spain becoming known as SEPHARDIM who were of the House of David and long-headed. Some "GOOD FIGS" returned from Babylon to Palestine (Jer. 24:24:1-7) 70 years later in 535 B.C.under Ezra and Nehemiah. Along with these Israelites came Gibeonite CANAANITES, orphans of unknown origin and proselytes (Mishnah, Kidd.4:1). After the return from Babylon, some of Judah again intermarried with the HITTITES, EGYPTIANS, MOABITES and AMMONITES (Ezra 9:1-2) producing a mixed type.
Does this mean they were NOT pure JEWS? Josephus in his Wars 2:8:2 implies the Saduccess and Pharisees were NOT JEWS by BIRTH. They "say they are JEWS, and are NOT, but are the synagogue of Satan" (Rev. 2:9; John 8:44).
The Jews then said, "His blood be upon us and on our children" (Matt.27:25). This would make a third curse. Isaiah 3:8-9 says, "Because Jerusalem is forsaken and Judea is fallen, therefore their tongues concur with their transgression. They DISBELIEVE the things relating to the Lord. Because their glory is now humbled; and the shame of their countenance is risen up against them ("The show of their countenance doth witness against them" -- KJV): their sin therefore, like the Sodomites, they proclaimed and openly avowed. Alas for their souls! Because they have counselled an evil counsel against themselves, saying, Let us BIND the JUST ONE, for he is disagreeable to us; let them therefore eat the fruits of their deeds" (Septuagint translation of 3rd century B.C.). Christ prophesied regarding these Palestinian "Jews" by saying "Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the FIG tree withered away" (Matt.21:19). The interpretation is, "The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation (BRITISH -- ISRAEL) bringing forth fruits thereof" (Matt.21:43). Christ implied they were BAD FIGS (Jer.44:8). Is this why some Jews reject Christianity? Is this why the founders and leaders of atheistic Communism were Jews? Christ said, "Your house is left unto you desolate" (Matt.23:38) knowing what would happen in 70 A.D. when the Jews were dispersed from Palestine by Roman general Titus. The name "Jew" "is the name they are called by from the day they came up from Babylon ... and thence both they and the country gained that appellation" (Ant.11:5:7). This name became a curse to the chosen people (Isa. 65:15).
The Japhetic Khazar Kingdom (in what is now called Crimea and the Ukraine) adopted Judaism as their "state religion" and brought a Turko-Finn element into the already mixed "Jewish" type in the 7th century A.D.
However, the book of Esther indicates that the "GOOD FIGS" in Babylon who were racially pure Jews looked like Persians (Keturah) and therefore didn't have the DARK HAIR, DARK EYES and BIG NOSES (Es.2:10; cp. 1 Sam.16:12). Also there were 200,150 Jews taken captive by Sennacherib to Assyria, who retained their Israelite heredity.
DNA Proves Where Israelites Migrated
The yDNA haplogroups R and I in the map below reveal the migration of Israelites.
Haplogroup I represents the Israelites earliest migration out of the Mesopotamia area. Haplogroup R is the later migrations.
The British Monarchy is descendant of the House of David and some of the branches of this monarchy yDNA has been tested. Their yDNA results prove that they are all Haplogroup R1b. This includes the Tsar Nicholas II of the Mountbatten dynasty, King Charles II of the Stuart dynasty, and Prince Albert of the Windsor dynasty.
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Haplogroups I, R and Q are the Israelites of the bible!
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