Most today ascribe the New Testament to the life of Christ, his disciples, the Apostles and the early development of the Christian church. Few today, however, understand that the early Christian church was allowed to develop under the eyes and protection of the Romans. Roman officials viewed this new christianity movement as a cult or branch of Judaism.Today in our ignorance we refer to modern Israel as “Jews”. This is so even from our church pulpits. This isn’t quite accurate. Jews when mentioned in the Bible are distinct from members of the other Tribes of Israel.First of all, there were 12 Tribes of Israel; 13 if you count the equal blessing given to Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, by Jacob [Genesis 48: 12-16]. Judah is one tribe.
The Bible does not refer to the Jews meaning all of the Tribes of Israel. In fact, in the Hebrew there are those who descend from Judah (Yahudah) and those “others” who come from the land of Judah but are not Tribal Jews.
What is the “aha moment”? All Jews are Israelites but not all Israelites are Jews. All Israelites are Hebrew (Semite) but not all Hebrews are Israelites. This strongly suggests that the modern country of Israel is but a small representation of the original Tribes of Israel.
Who are the other Hebrews? They are the descendants of Ishmael [Arabs], Esau [Edomites, sometimes referred to as “dirty Arabs”], the six sons [today’s identity?] of Abraham and Ketu’rah and Joktan, one of the two sons of Eber. Genesis 10:25
All those belonging to the Tribes of Israel are Hebrew, but not all Hebrews [Semite] are Israelites. Arabs are also Hebrew; i.e descendants of Abraham. All Jews are Israelites but not all Israelites are from the Tribe or country of ancient Judah. Jews [Yehudah] are from the Tribe of Judah.Judaism
is a religion, not a sect or race of people. Go back to Table of Nations in Genesis 10
to get the peoples straight in one’s mind.
[see below from Wikipedia]
DoEber (עֵבֶר, Standard Hebrew Éver, Tiberian Hebrew ʻĒḇer)…[Wikipedia
]…is an ancestor of the Israelites, according to the Table of Nations in Genesis 10-11 and 1 Chronicles 1.Eber
was a great-grandson of Noah’s son Shem. He was the father of Peleg born when Eber was 34 years old, and of Joktan, Eber’s other son; i.e. a distant blood line relative of Abraham through Shem (Semites).
According to the Hebrew Bible, Eber died at the age of 464 (Genesis 11:14-17) when Jacob was 20. Abraham – Issac and Jacob: Do the simple math. This means that Eber was still alive after these three patriarchs of the Israelites were still walking on the earth.
Too often skeptics say that word-of-mouth history loses so much in the translation. Considering these facts about Eber’s life-span, there is little “pass it on” loss when information is handed down first-hand.
Eber lived 464 years (Genesis 11:14-17)
… Jacob (Jacob is the father of the 12 sons/Israelites)
Following Genesis 10, nations of the world, Eber was living when Jacob was born.
There is an ancient legend that the Avars of Central Asia
are descendants of Abraham through his last wife, *Ketu’rah [*see article in this publication
]. If this is so, than these people(s) are descendants of Eber [see article to the left] through his great (5 times) grandson Abraham.Many scholars point to the name Eber as the root from where the name HEBREW comes. Linguistics link the Avars to an Oghur Turkic group of peoples. They originally settled in present-day Turkey.Over history many different groups of people settled in Turkey just as they did in Greece. What we see in modern history is “the last group” of people to settle and dominate these areas. Remnants of former peoples remain.
The story between the stories… If all descended from Noah and his three sons, the global population expanded over the centuries from a centralized geography. This includes the Avars. We must also consider to where the Assyrians moved the 10 captive tribes of Israel after they overran the northern Israelites in 700’s B.C.
We can’t end one population of 7 or 8 million people without beginning another history of people someplace else. It is hard to hide millions of transplanted Israelites without a new group of people popping up somewhere.
Something to consider if one thinks that the Bible and history are distinctly separate.
Abraham, Isaac and Jacob probably knew Eber. Information and knowledge didn’t need to go from Eber through multiple generations of folklore. Eber was still alive during at least part of the life span of these three patriarchs. They probably heard God’s stories from Eber first-hand.
Also consider the fact that Shem, one of Noah’s three Ark-bound sons lived 600 years. He was barely 100 years old when the Great Flood happened. He lived another 500 years AFTER the Great Flood [Genesis 11:10
,11]Aha anyone? Now you know the Rest of this Bible Story.