The Mormon Faith & Black Folks
Question #29

Q. But doesn’t the Bible reveal that Abraham married an Egyptian, that Joseph, the son of Israel, married an Egyptian woman Asenath and bore Ephraim and Manesseh, that Moses married “an Ethiopian woman”, that Judah married a Canaanite women that Jesus Himself is a descendant of? How can Mormons say that Hamites couldn’t have the Priesthood when the Israelites themselves were partially Hamitic?

A. Abraham did indeed marry Hagar; an Egyptian. The Egyptians were a Mulatto people; part white and part black. The Egyptians of the north of Egypt were whiter than those of the south of Egypt. Hagar was probably from the north of Egypt. But she wasn’t Abraham’s wife, but his concubine. There is a difference. Sarah, the wife of Abraham, could not conceive (at that time), so she gave her ‘handmaid’ (bondswoman) Hagar to Abraham; to act as a surrogate mother. Of course, in those days, there was no such thing as artificial insemination. Abraham had a child with Hagar he named Ishmael. But he did not inherit the birthright. He did not inherit the Priesthood. The descendants of Ishmael are the Bedouins.

The skin-color of Bedouins are from white to a light brown. All Bedouins are Arabs, but most Arabs are not Bedouins. Since Bedouins are the descendants of Ishmael, the son of Abraham and Hagar, the Egyptian, they are both Semites (from Abraham) and Hamites (from Hagar). The Bedouins live in Palestine, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia, and some in North Africa. Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam, was a Bedouin. He was described as having white skin, large black eyes, and black curly hair. Sarah finally conceived, and she bare Isaac; who is called the ‘firstborn’ of Abraham. He inherited the birthright to the Priesthood. The sons of Isaac were Esau and Jacob. Esau sold his birthright to Jacob for a pot of red potage. Jacob inherited the birthright, and his name was changed by an Angel of God to Israel.

*Joseph married to a Hamitic woman?

Joseph was a son of Israel (Jacob), and he had prophetic dreams. In one of these dreams he dreamt that all the other sons of Jacob bowed to him. This made the other sons of Jacob enraged with jealousy; so they decided to kill him. Judah convinced them not to kill him, but to sell him as a slave to some Ishmaelites; who then sold him as a slave to the Egyptians. He worked for Potiphar, a minister of Pharoah, but Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him. He escaped, but she claimed he tried to seduce her. Potiphar placed him in prison.

While in prison Pharaoh himself had prophetic dreams; about 7 fat cows becoming 7 lean cows. The wise men couldn’t interpret his dream. But one of Pharaoh’s bakers, who knew Joseph in prison, knew he could interpret prophetic dreams. The baker told Pharaoh, who called Joseph out of prison, and Joseph interpreted Pharaoh’s prophetic dreams correctly; that the 7 fat cows would be 7 years of good harvests, and the 7 lean cows would be 7 years of famine. The Pharaoh released Joseph and made him what we would call today ‘Minister of Agriculture’. Joseph had the Egyptians store grain during the next 7 good years, and, just as he said, the 7 years following that were years of great famine. Joseph had saved the Egyptians from starvation.

To escape the famine in Canaan the sons of Israel went to Egypt to buy grain, and they went to the Minister of Agriculture; their brother, who had been given an Egyptian name. They didn’t recognize him, but they all bowed low to him; as his old prophetic dream had prophesied. Joseph eventually revealed himself, and he saved his father Jacob and all his sons, their wives, and their children, from starvation; by inviting them to live in Egypt.

*The Hyksos (Shepherd Kings)

All Bible scholars, of whatever church, agree that the Pharaohs of Egypt in the time of Joseph were the Hyksos; which means “Shepherd Kings”. They were Semitic invaders who conquered Lower Egypt (i.e. North Egypt). They were Semites, and not Hamites. But they took Egyptian names and titles. Asenath, the wife of Joseph and the mother of Ephraim and Mannesseh, was a Semite. This is why the sons of Jacob thought Joseph was one of them (the Hyksos); because he was not a Nubian like the Southern Egyptians, but resembled a Hyksos; a Semite. Later, the Nubians reconquered Egypt from the Hyksos, and made the Hebrews (which included the Israelites and all other Semites) their slaves. This slavery lasted for over 400 years; only to end with the coming of Moses; a Levite who was adopted by Pharaoh’s daughter.

*Moses Married a Black Woman?

The Bible says that Moses has married an “Ethiopian woman”. In Hebrew it says “Cushite”, and Cush was a son or grandson of Ham and Egyptus. It also says that Moses married Zipporah; the daughter of Reuel (also named Jethro) who is called the “priest of Midian” (Exodus 2:16). Some feel that this means that Moses married a black woman whose father was a priest of the Most High God; thus repudiating the Curse of Cain doctrine.

However, there is ample evidence that the “Ethiopian woman” that Moses married was not Zipporah, but rather his first wife he married as an Egyptian prince. The Egyptians were often at war with the Nubians (Cushites) to their south. Sometimes they conquered the Nubians, and sometimes the Nubians conquered them. Sometimes arranged marriages were made between Egyptian and Nubian princes and princesses; a common practice in ancient times between rival kingdoms. Moses lived as an Egyptian for the first 40 years of his life, and it should not be surprising that he would marry a Nubian princess as part of an allegience between the royal houses of Egypt and Nubia.

Yet, the Bible presents Zipporah as a woman he only met after he was stripped of his royal rank and driven out of Egypt; because of his killing of an Egyptian taskmaster. The Egyptians were part Negro, and they knew that Moses was an adopted Hebrew child. They knew he was a Semite, and, Prince or no Prince, they would not tolerate a Semite killing an Egyptian; not even in self-defence. Had had not been a Prince, they would have killed him. But because he was the adopted son of an Egyptian queen, they only banished him. Once he got to Midian he chased off a group of shepherds who were intimidating Zipporah and her sisters. This engraciated him with her father Jethro; the priest of Midian. The Midianites were the descendants of Midian; the son of Abraham and Keturah, his last wife (Genesis 25:1-2). The Midianites were descendants of Abraham and Keturah. They were not Cushites (Nubians). The “Ethiopian woman” mentioned in the Bible was thus not Zipporah the daughter of Jethro of Midian.

The ancient Jewish historian Flavius Josephus confirms that Moses married a black Cushite woman while a young man, but says that he did not have sexual relations with her. Josephus writes:

“So Moses took the city and the children of Cush set him on the throne And they gave him Queen Adonijah the Cushite to wife. But Moses feared the Lord and he went not in unto her For Moses remembered how Abraham had made Eliezer his servant swear, saying: ‘Take no a wife of the daughters of Canaan, nor shalt thou make marriages with any of the children of Ham’” (Post-Biblical Hebrew Literature, p.132)

Was Keturah a Canaanite?

Abraham told his son Isaac not to marry a Canaanite, but he sent one of his servants to Haran, in Syria, to fetch a pure Semite (Rachel) for Isaac to marry.

Although Abraham did have a child by an Egyptian concubine (Hagar) it is doubtful that he would have married a Canaanite woman after Sarah was dead.

Mormon writer Cleon Skousen writes:

“Since the Canaanites were of the Hamitic tribes who could not enjoy the Priesthood, Abraham was greatly concerned about the marriage of Isaac to a young woman of the proper lineage so that the promise of the Lord concerning the Priesthood could be perpetuated through him. To marry a Canaanite would cut the promise off because the children of such a union could not receive the Priesthood.” (The Third Thousand Years, p.18)

Abraham’s second son, Isaac, his son by Sarah (a Semite) received the birthright; not his firstborn Ishmael; who was his son by a Hamite (Hagar). Ishmael became the father of the Bedouins. Isaac wished to preserve the lineage from Hamitic blood:

“And Isaac called Jacob, and blessed him, and charged him, and said unto him, Thou shalt not takes a wife of the daughters of the Canaanites.” (Genesis 28:1)

Jacob, the second son of Isaac, obeyed this command. He became known as “Israel”. And his descendants, the Israelites, became God’s Chosen People. The firstborn son of Isaac, Esau, disobeyed, and married Canaanite wives. He lost the birthright, and the Edomites did not become the Chosen People.

*Jesus: A Canaanite?

Jesus is the descendant of Judah and Tamar; a Canaanite woman. Would this not make Jesus Himself a Canaanite, and thus a Hamite? Indeed, would not this make all Jews (descendants of Judah) Canaanites/Hamites?

The answer is: No.

This is true because of the fact that after a certain number of generations a person no longer has any “blood” (DNA) in them of a certain ancestry. For example, if a white man marries a black woman, they would have Mulatto children, and their children would be half black and half white. They would be known as 1st generation Negro. If these children married white people, then their children would be 1/4th black. If their children married white people then the offspring of this generation would be 1/8th black, and so it goes. Unless more black blood comes into this lineage, then the black or Negro bloodline is gradually washed-out. A person who is 1/8th black (Negro) usually doesn’t look it, and appears white; although they may have some Negro characteristics; such as thick lips or broad nostrils, or curly hair. A person 1/16th Negro appears white, and usually have no Negro characteristics at all. A person 1/32nd Negro never has Negro characteristics, and would appear as European as a pure European. A person who is 5th generation is 1/32nd Negro. A person who is 6th generation is 1/64th. A person who is 7th generation is 1/128th. There are more than 10 generations from Jesus to Tamar the Canaanite woman. He would thus have no “Canaanite blood” in His veins. The same is true for all Jews.

The Prophet Joseph Smith was a direct descendant of the Merovees; the Jewish kings of the Languedoc in southern France in the 4th to 6th centuries A.D. But this didn’t make Joseph Smith a “Jew”. The Merovees claimed to be the descendants of one of the daughters of King Zephaniah of Judah; a descendant of King David.

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