THE PHYSICAL ANTHROPOLOGY OF
THE HEBREW PEOPLES
by Yair Davidiy
Ancient Israelites were of mixed physical types that included blondes and red-heads alongside darker ones.
In the article below we examine archaeological and historical sources alongside Rabbinical texts and the findings of Physical Anthropology.
It is recommended that this article be read in conjunction with the article,
Pictures of Ancient Israelites
Israelite Racial Color. a. Bible Sources
The Israelites of old were regarded by the Egyptians as people from
the land of Amuru, meaning the land of the Amorites which the Israelites
conquered. Another term applied to the general Syrian area was "Retenu". The
name "Upper Retenu"1 corresponded to the geographical space encompassed by the
Land of Israel, according to the Bible. People from the area known as "Amuru" or
"Retenu" after ca.1400 BCE are presumably Israelites. They are depicted on
Egyptian monuments as red, blonde, or black-haired with frequent blue eyes and
red beards. Illustrations of individuals with this appearance are automatically
assumed by Egyptologists to pertain to the Israelite or "Syrian" area. Another
blonde blue-eyed people depicted on Egyptian monuments were the so-called
"Libyans" and it has now been shown by Alessandra Nibbi (1989) that these
were not dwellers of "Libya" but rather of the Nile Delta and of Hebrew origin.
On the Egyptian pictures skins of individuals from the Israelite or
"Syrian" area are often light colored and pinkish3.
In addition darker individuals from these same areas are also
depicted and sometimes they are the majority. The identification of the "Amuru"
people depicted with Israelites may be confirmed from illustrations of an
Egyptian monarch and his campaign against the Tribes of Israel: In about 924 BCE
the king of Egypt, Shishak, invaded Judah and the (then) separate state of North
Israel. Pictures of the campaign of Shishak reveal him receiving homage from the
King of Judah and from the heads of cities and dignitaries in Judah and
throughout northern ISRAEL. The personages depicted are of "Amuru" type and
these pictures are sometimes even used as typifying the Egyptian depiction of "Amuru"
characteristics. In the said context "Amuru" in effect often meant Israelite. It
seems that the ancient Hebrews were a people of mixed kinds. This concept is
apparently confirmed by Talmudic sources. One Midrash says that amongst the
Tribes of Simeon and Levi very light-colored types (bohakanim) were common. On
the other hand, a Talmudic Mishna (Negaim 2;1) says that Israelites (meaning in
this case, the Jews of Judah) are mainly of an intermediate type coloring being
neither black like a "Cushi" (Negro) nor light like a "Germani". "Germani" in
Talmudic terminology (Aruch HaShalem) meant someone from the far north at that
time or who looked like people from that area and the term could be applied to a
very light colored person (Maimonides) like part of the people of Scandinavia.
Joseph, the son of Israel, was described in a Midrash (Genesis Rabah 86;3), as
looking like a GERMANI (i.e. like someone from the North, very white, fair,
according to Maimonides) and in another passage (Talmud Sota 36) as having a
face that was "pink like a rose". It follows that Joseph was considered as
having been of Nordic appearance which was a known familial trait since Joseph
is also said to have looked exactly like his father. [On the other hand it is
implied that Joseph was exceptional in this regard]. Joseph (Ephraim and
Menasseh) was the leading tribal group in the Northern Kingdom. The above
sources indicate that the original twelve tribes of Israel were of mixed
physical types and that in some tribes or geographical regions one kind was more
dominant than others. It has also been stated that the Tribes tended to marry
only within themselves and thus physical differences between different tribes
were emphasized4. The claim may also be made that peoples of the same areas of
otherwise entirely different physical characteristics often have the same
coloring5. A mixed genetic stock of similar but different variations will
produce over a long period more often the type that is most adaptable to the
surrounding environment. This is not evolution. It is adaptation of an already
existing physical entity (i.e. a group of people) to empirical circumstance in
accordance with its already existing genetic potential.
The suggestion that physical environment influences inherited
appearance and that the Israelite Tribes were of differing types, should not
surprise anybody -both ideas are indicated in the Bible and in Oral Tradition.
Regarding external influences, it is related in the Book of Genesis
how Jacob was set to mind flocks of sheep and goats belonging to his
father-in-law, Laban (Genesis 30; 31-43). The sheep were either all white or of
mixed-coloring whereas the goats were all black or mixed-colored. Jacob was
inspired to utilize external influences in order to activate inherent genetic
potential and produce the type of coloring he desired as explained in the bible
and elaborated by us in "The Tribes".
As for different types having been present in the ancestry of
Israelite Tribes from the very beginning, Jacob (i.e. Israel) the Fore-Father
was twin-brother to Esau who was "Admoni" (i.e. red-haired. "Admoni" is
sometimes translated as "ruddy" but more correctly meaning "red-haired" or
golden-haired) and hairy (Genesis 25; 25) whereas Jacob was smooth-skinned
(Genesis 27;11). David, King of Israel, was also an "Admoni" (1-Samuel 16;22)
meaning red or golden haired. Laban, the father-in-law of Jacob has a name
meaning "Whitish" and which is cognate with the English word "blond."6 On the
other hand the Shepherdess in the Song of Solomon (1;6) announces, "I am black
but comely...". The Tribal Patriarchs all took women from different nations and
in the course of time the separate genetic potentials combined with differing
environments would have produced distinctly different types. The area of ancient
Israelite settlement contained climates varying from the semi-tropical to the
According to the Bible and later Jewish legends (as recorded in
"Seder HaDorot", and "Sefer HaYashar") the tribal Heads married women from
various nations7. Joseph married an Egyptian woman (Genesis 41;45)8. Machir, son
of Menasseh had an Aramaean concubine (1-Chronicles 7; 14). Reuben married a
Hivite. Levi and Asher married descendants of Eber. Judah had one Canaanite and
one Semite wife. Zebulon married a Midianitess and Issachar a descendant of Sem.
Benjamin married a daughter of Zimran, son of Abraham and Keturah. Dan took a
daughter of Lot, nephew of Abraham. Naphtali took a daughter of Nahor, as did
Gad, and so on. The Apocryphal Book of Jubilees (ca. 200 BCE?) also says that
the Tribal Patriarchal heads married women from different nations and mentions
Canaanite, Egyptian, Semitic, and Mesopotamian women. Whether all of the above
traditions are correct or not, they do reflect the apparent reality of some
mixing with other nations whilst retaining an Israelite Tribal identity that is
Biblically and Historically acceptable. Intermarriage of the Tribes with
different nations combined with other
factors must have produced different
types, and this with the later influence of varying physical environments is
enough to explain the superficial differences amongst the descendants of
different Israelite Tribes today.
The Israelites while in Egypt were identifiable as the Hycsos who
are referred to as Shepherd Kings by Josephus.
The Hyksos in Egyptian Mythology were associated with the figure
of Set or Seth9. The Egyptians considered the god Seth to be essentially a
negative figure connected with the desert and with waste places. In Scripture
SETH (Genesis 5;3) was born in the likeness of Adam the first man and from him
was descended Noah and all of humanity. Even so, in Hebrew tradition SETH could
be considered a specifically HEBREW ancestor due to the idea that the Hebrews
were inheritors of a God-given birthright. The Hebrews saw themselves as
obligated to remain as close as possible to the original master plan entailed in
the creation of man. Therefore, they were the true inheritors of Adam the first
man as transmitted to Seth whereas the rest of humanity due to idolatry had
diverged from the primary path10.
The Egyptians equated Seth with the Phoenician Baal especially
under the aspect of Baal Zephon11 who was called "TYPHON" by the Greeks12 and
ultimately identified with the god Saturn.
[Both names have Hebrew origins, Typhon comes from the Hebrew "Tsafon"
meaning hidden and "Saturn" comes from "sater" also meaning "hide" or "secret"].
The Israelites in later Greek and Roman mythological terms were also to be
equated somehow with Saturn as were the Celts of Britain. The Egyptians called
Seth the "Bull of Retenu"13 meaning the Bull of Canaan.. Seth was considered to
be the only god of the Hyksos. According to Plutarch ("Isis and Osiris", ch.73)
Seth was identical with Typhon and he says that the Egyptians "used to burn men
alive calling them `Typhon's followers`". This equation was confirmed by
Diodorus Siculus (1;88;5) who said that every year red bulls were sacrificed by
the Egyptians, "Because it is thought that this was the colour of Typhon...Men,
also, if they were of the same colour, as Typhon were sacrificed, they say, in
According to Egyptian colored wall illustrations a proportion
of the western Semites (including the HEBREWS) were blonde and red haired15.
Hebrew slaves had been portrayed (on wall illustrations still extant today)
working for their Egyptian taskmasters and some of those depicted are blonde16.
Coloring varied from tribe to tribe and fair-hair may have been more pronounced
later in the north of Israel than in the south. In order that no one should
misunderstand this matter it is worthwhile clarifying it:
1. Red or Blonde- hairedness was considered characteristic of peoples from the
Land of Israel, and Syria according to Egyptian illustrations.
2. Sometimes groups of assumedly Israelite (or "Palestinian-Syrian") individuals
are shown as entirely blonde or redhaired with blue eyes and pale pink skins.
3. More often people are shown from the same areas with very dark (maybe oiled?)
head hair and red or blonde beards and eyes being either brown or bluish.
4. Blonde or redhaired individuals are sometimes depicted in groups though
frequently they are shown as mixed in with other much darker individuals with
similar facial features to themselves.
5. Groups of darkish people from the geographical areas of Syria and Israel are
also often depicted.
6. Mesopotamian, Syrian, and "Phoenician" coloured statuettes depict both dark
individuals as well as those with blue eyes and red-blondish hair. Statuettes
from Judah and northern "Israel" show individuals with both apparently
"European" as well as "Semitic" type features.
7. It follows that there were both mixed dark "Mediterranean" and so called
light "Nordic" types existent amongst the ancient Israelites and the peoples
around them. The evidence supports the idea that maybe there existed a certain
color differentiation from tribe to tribe or from one
general area to another.
8. Jewish Rabbinical sources also support the notion that some tribes contained
more fair individuals than others.
9. The climate and physical environment have a definite effect on a person's (or
an entire people's) physical appearance. So does heredity. How environmental
and genetic factors inter-react with each other is unknown but it definitely
does occur. We are not interested in racial ideas regarding the relative
hypothetical merits (if any) of one group over another. To the extent that
physical differences exist between peoples a knowledge of them can help in
tracing their migratory paths and this is our primary interest here.
Science has confirmed the fact that racial color changes!
BAMAD (Brit-Am DNA and Anthropology Updates) no.45
#7.Racial Skin Color Can and Does Change:
Your Family May Once Have Been A Different Color
The Northern Israelites from the Ten Tribes were exiled according to conventional dating in ca. 720 BCE.
Your Family May Once Have Been A Different Color
Skin has changed color in human lineages much faster than scientists had previously supposed,
even without intermarriage, Jablonski [i.e. Nina Jablonski, head of the Penn State Department of Anthropology] says.
Recent developments in comparative genomics allow scientists to sample the DNA in modern humans.
She says that for many families on the planet, if we look back only 100 or 200 generations (that's as few as 2,500 years), "almost all of us were in a different place and we had a different color."
"People living now in southern parts of India [and Sri Lanka] are extremely darkly pigmented," Jablonski says. But their great, great ancestors lived much farther north, and when they migrated south, their pigmentation redarkened.
"There has probably been a redarkening of several groups of humans."
That is more than 2700 years ago.
If the ancestors of the inhabitants of southern India and Ceylon were much lighter than they are now but became darker (with
little intermarriage) due mainly to climatic influence so too could the Ancient Hebrews if they were then darker
have become lighter over the same period of time and again due to climatic influence!
And this is without taking into consideration the fact that many of the Israelites were evidently blond and red haired and of fair complexion to start with!
10. Our ideas concerning race are often based on misconceptions. The population
of Britain, for instance, is considered to be 50% of Mediterranean type and less
than 50% Nordic. The Nordic type itself in some ways is closer to the
Mediterranean and Negroid than it is to the Central European. Claims based on
Studies in racial sciences including even the most recent findings remain less
than absolutely certain. Despite this reservation many of these studies are of
potential importance. The ancient Hebrews appear to have been of the same types
as those predominant amongst the present-day Jews and amongst European peoples.
This does not mean that everybody belonging to any particular type must (on
those grounds alone) have any connection to Israel nor does it preclude
descendants of the ancient Hebrews in some areas having changed their physical
format (due to environment or intermarriage) while still remaining of the seed
of Israel according to Biblical Prophecy. The Bible in several places also gives
non-Israelites the option of becoming full-fledged citizens and being treated
equally. Once accepted the stranger leaves his past behind. Nowhere does it say
that membership is limited to people of any particular appearance. Those people
whose chances of belonging are circumvented and limited for hereditary reasons
according to Scripture are the Canaanites (Deuteronomy 7;3), Egyptians
(Deuteronomy 23;7-8), and the Edomites (Deuteronomy 23;7-8), Ammonites, and
Moabites (Deuteronomy 23;3), and these last three were of the Israelites own
family and genetically possibly identical!. Esau the forefather of Edom was the
twin-brother of Israel (Genesis 25;24). He was born red and hairy (Genesis
25;25). He became the arch-enemy of Israel and from him descend a portion of the
Germans18. JOSEPH too was described as looking like a Germani. Joseph has the
quality of being able to defeat Esau19. There are parallels between Esau and
Joseph20 and in a way the two are mirror images of each other.
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(1) Reply to Challenge Concerning Israelites and Red Hair
David the King of Israel and forefather of the future Messiah was also
described as "Admoni" which is exactly the same term, meaning "reddish" as that
applied to Esau. "Admoni" can mean blonde or someone with red hair and freckled
Actually Yair, this does not refer to fair skin or hair in any way, we are
talking about Israelites, a Semitic and Mediteranean people, who would have been
swarthy. Fair skin is an adaptation to a colder northern climate. This "Admoni"
actually refers to a dark reddish brown, not fair skin.
These were Semitic people Yair. This word is related to Adam, and remember that
Adam in the OT was created from the dust of the ground, and so this refers to
the color of dirt, like I mentioned above a dark reddish brown.
Shalom, You are saying that on linguistic and racial grounds I must be
mistaken? Well, stranger things have happened. I should confess in advance, that
you have touched a personal spot here. I have blondish hair that is inclined to
red and so this question naturally always interested me. Since King David (who
was described as "admoni") is a hero of mine I was naturally always in favor of
any explanation that said he may have had a similar hair coloring to my own.
[This is perhaps some consolation for not being similar to King David in
more important ways!].
First of all linguistically:
[Genesis 2:7] AND THE LORD GOD FORMED MAN [ha-ADaM] OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND
[ha-ADaMaH], AND BREATHED INTO HIS NOSTRILS THE BREATH OF LIFE; AND MAN BECAME A
The Hebrew word for man [Adam: Aleph-daleth- mem] is linked to the word for
ground [Adamah: Aleph-daleth- mem-heh]. The Hebrew word for red is edom [Aleph-daleth-vav-mem]
and it may be connected to the same root as the words for man and for ground or
earth. On the other hand, Iben Shushan in his Hebrew Concordance of the Bible ("Concordantzia
leTanach") says that the word "edom" meaning red derives from the same root as
"dam" meaning blood, i.e. red like blood. At all events edom does not mean
brown. In Hebrew the word for brown is "choom" from which we have the name "Ham" (Cham) son of Noah.
"Admoni" according to the Concordance of Iben Shushan means inclined to red.
Both Esau and David were described as "admoni".
Concerning the birth of Esau (who was later renamed Edom) it says:
[Genesis 25:25] AND THE FIRST CAME OUT RED [admoni], ALL OVER LIKE AN HAIRY
GARMENT; AND THEY CALLED HIS NAME ESAU.
[1-Samuel 16:12] AND HE SENT, AND BROUGHT HIM IN. NOW HE WAS RUDDY [admoni],
AND WITHAL OF A BEAUTIFUL COUNTENANCE, AND GOODLY TO LOOK TO. AND THE LORD SAID,
ARISE, ANOINT HIM: FOR THIS IS HE.
And again concerning David:
[1-Samuel 17:42] AND WHEN THE PHILISTINE [Goliath] LOOKED ABOUT, AND SAW DAVID,
HE DISDAINED HIM: FOR HE WAS BUT A YOUTH, AND RUDDY [admoni], AND OF A FAIR
We see that in one case (Gen.25:25) the King James Version translates the Hebrew
"admoni" as red and in another two cases (1-Samuel 16:12, 17:42) it renders it
as "ruddy" i.e. reddish. In Hebrew Literature you can find the word "admoni"
used in all kinds of contexts but in the earliest examples it seems to mean
someone who is red-haired. In Jewish popular tradition of both Ashkenazim and
Sephardim it is generally accepted that David had red-hair. The word "admoni"
usually means someone with red hair but in some cases it can also mean someone
who is blond or blond inclined to red. It is often taken as synonymous with the
Modern Hebrew slang word "gingi" (from ginger) meaning blond or red haired.
At all events concerning Esau and David even though one could perhaps
conceivably interpret "admoni" to mean ruddy in complexion, red-haired would
be the more likely explanation and moist consistent with the literal intent of
This brings us to your point regarding racial characteristics. You said that
Esau and David would have belonged to the Mediterranean race and therefore must
have been darkish in appearance. Blond and red-heads also occur amongst
Some people find this whole subject superfluous and distasteful but it is a
necessary one. It is a matter that a lot of people have questions about even if
they do not always express them.
You mentioned the climatic factor.
In Northern areas of Europe most peoples even though not related to each other
are of fair complexion. Even the animals (foxes, hairs, bears, etc) in those
areas are often "albinoid" and a fair complexion is physically a lack of
pigmentation rather than a genetic coloring.
In ancient times time the climate in many areas was colder and wetter over much
of the Middle East. Under the old system (emphasizing external appearance) of
racial physical classification it was supposed that the Mediterranean type
though usually darkish could produce about 15% of blond types. We find natural
blondes amongst Australian aborigines, New Guinea pygmies, and in parts of the
East. A fair or blond appearance CAN BE a racial marker but it is not always
so. It is not an exclusive characteristic of northern peoples even though it is
most common amongst them.
(2) Red Hair in General
<<Early tradition spoke of the Lost Ten Tribes being in the Scythian area.
This has been discussed by Andrew Colin Gow ("The Red Jews. Anti-Semitism in an
Apocalyptic Age 1200-1600" NY 1995). The Lost Ten Tribes were called "Red Jews"
and were described as all having Red Hair. Red Hair in the Middle Ages
especially in Germany was considered a negative characteristic and associated
with the Jews and with Judas. The Anti-Christ and Judas were depicted as both
having red hair and as both coming from the Tribe of Dan. In Germany the Jews
were believed to be in league with the devil and to be plotting with the "Red
Jews" meaning the Ten Tribes to overthrow Christendom. >> "The Red Jews"
<<T. E. Reed (1952) declares simply that "The frequency of red hair in Britain
is only about 4%."&
<< Reaching even farther back, Michelson (1934) found 435 out of 2,397 male
subjects "showed a red component in their hair." That's 18%.
<<Subsequent research by others verifies that the proportion of people with any
red hair - e.g., ruddy whiskers - hovers between 18% and 20%.
<< However, Michelson (citation ) performed a careful count of the proportion of
red hairs in the heads of his subjects. Of 2,361 final subjects (very light hair
was excluded), 56 had 50% or more red hairs on the head (2.37%).
<<There seems to be a consensus that redheads account for about 4% of the
population>> (of Britain).
A very High proportion of red-heads amongst Jews were reported in "Galicia" in
Eastern Europe. Unconfirmed opinions state that 12% of the Scottish are
red-haired and that redhair was especially prevalent amongst the Picts.
Red-heads are also common in Ireland (perhaps reaching their highest in Donegal,
ca. 15%, in the Northwest), Scotland, Norway and are found in small
numbers throughout Europe.
Red-heads were also common in the population of ancient Thrace in which we
reported entities from Edom to have settled and from there moved to Germany.
Some of the Pharaohs had red hair though most Egyptians were darkish. The
Egyptians used to sacrifice red-heads. The Egyptian god Seth was described as
red-haired and was associated with the Hyksos and with the Land of Canaan. Seth
could be considered to sometimes represent Israel in Egyptian thought. Red-hairs
used to be associated with Seth. People from the Land of Israel are
occasionally depicted as red-haired in Egyptian paintings. Egyptian
illustrations of foreign peoples had an element of caricature and ethnic
distinctions were emphasized. Red colored hair for Egyptian artists was
considered one of the distinguishing characteristics of Semites from the region
of Ancient Israel and the Middle east in general.
Red-heads however are found in small numbers all over the world. It is a similar
phenomenon to albinoism or blond hair. It may be due to genetics interacting
with environmental influences.
People with red hair have a chance of being related to each other BUT IT IS NOT
(3) JEWS AND RED HAIR
Extract from "The Jewish Encyclopedia"
The Jewish Encyclopedia under the heading,
<<Among Jews the color of the hair has attracted special attention because,
while the majority have dark hair, there is found a considerable proportion with
blond and red hair, as shown by the appended table (No. 1): see Table No. 1:
Color of Hair Among 145,380 Jewish School Children.
From these figures it is seen that the proportion of dark hair (black and
brown) is quite high 66 per cent in Germany, and reaching 76.3 per cent in
Hungary. The proportion of fair hair is lowest in Hungary (23.7 per cent) and
highest in Germany (32 per cent). In a fair proportion of blond-haired children
the hair becomes darker as age advances; it is therefore essential to take
observations upon adults. In the appended table (No. 2) are given the results of
investigations upon Jews of both sexes and in various parts of the world: see
Table No. 2: Color of Hair Among 7,505 Jews.
The figures in this table show again that dark hair predominates. The percentage
of blond Jews varies only slightly, but is greatest in those countries in which
the non-Jewish population is blond. Thus in northern Russia (the Baltic
Provinces) Blechman found 32 per cent of blondes; in England, according to Jacobs, 25.5 per cent have blond hair.
On the other hand, in Caucasia, where the natives are dark, the Jews show 96 per
cent of dark hair. The proportion of red hair is also quite high, reaching 4 per
cent in some observations. This has been considered characteristic of the Jews
by some anthropologists. It appears to be not of recent origin, and was not
unknown among the ancient Hebrews (Esau was "red, all over like a hairy
garment"; Gen. xxv. 25).
Races are also differentiated, more or less, by straight, curly, or woolly hair.
Among the Jews the distribution of these varieties of hair is shown in the
following table (No. 3): see Table No. 3: Variety of Hair Among Jews.
The next table (No. 4) shows that the beard is usually darker than the hair: see
Table No. 4: Color of the Beard.
By comparing these figures with those in No. 2 it is found that in the beard the
proportion of light to dark is much higher. The number of red beards also
Hair of Jewesses.
The differences in the color of the hair between the sexes have also been
investigated. Jacobs shows that the Jewesses in England have darker hair.
Similar observations have been made by Weissenberg in South Russia, by
Talko-Hryncewicz in Little Russia, by Yakowenko in Lithuania, and by Majer and
Kopernicki in Galicia. On the other hand, Elkind in Poland and Fishberg in
America have found conditions different: the males have darker hair than the
Cause of Blond Hair.
The true explanation of the existence of Jewish blondes has been the subject of
lively discussions among anthropologists. Some believe that it is due to climate
and environment (Pruner, Bey, Pritchard, Jacobs), while others attribute it to
racial intermixture, particularly to the admission of Aryan blood into modern
Jewry (Broca, Virchow, Schimmer, Ripley, and others). Elkind shows that the
color of the hair is independent of the cranial index. Virchow's investigations
show that in the eastern or darkest provinces of Germany the proportion of blond
types among Jews does not decrease; whereas in the Prussian provinces, which are
predominantly blond, the Jews show the highest proportion of brunettes, and in
Silesia, where the non-Jewish population is of very dark complexion, the Jews
have a high percentage of blondes. The same has been shown by Schimmer to be the
case in Austria. Andree ("Zur Volkskunde der Juden," pp. 34-40) points out that
the fact that red and blond Jews are found in North Africa, Syria, Arabia,
Persia, etc., is proof that intermarriage has had little to do with the
production of the blond type in eastern Europe. He is of the opinion that there
were blondes among the ancient Hebrews, and that the modern red and blond Jews
are their descendants. Luschan agrees in this view. Jacobs attributes the
erythrism of the Jews to defective nutrition, and shows that it is present not
only among the European Jews, but also among those in Algiers, Tunis, Bosnia,
Constantinople, Smyrna, and Bokhara, where the presence of Aryan blood could not
Pictures of Ancient Israelites
Israelite Racial Color. a. Bible Sources
Color Prejudice Condemned by the Torah
Queries on DNA
"The Red Jews or the Lost Tribes?"
1. Brugsch B. ("Brugsch's Egypt Under the Pharoahs", trans. by P.
Smith) London 1881.
vol.1 p.269, p.354.
2. Canaan And Canaanite in Ancient Egypt, by Alessandra Nibbi, 1989, UK. See
also the article in Tribesman, issue no.3, 1999.
3. Godbey p.83. [GODBEY, Allen H., "The Lost Tribes a Myth. Suggestions Towards
Rewriting Hebrew History," Durham, U.S.A. 1930]
Sayce p.74, [SAYCE 3. SAYCE. A.H. "The Races of the Old Testament,". London
Vercoutter p.219. [VERCOUTTER, Jean. "L'Egypte et le Monde Egeen Prehellenique,".
Le Caire, France 1956]
For color illustrations see N.M. Davies Plate xxiv, Plate xlii. [DAVIES, Nina
M. "Ancient Egyptian Paintings". Chicago, U.S.A. 1936]
4. Rabbi Avigdor Miller, A Nation is Born, Parshat Beshelach, Exodus 15; 27
5. Dixon p.32 ff. [DIXON, R.B. "The Racial History of Man". N.Y. & London 1923]
Dixon claims that examination and measurement of skeletal remains shows the
Nordic peoples to be of mixed "Caspian" and "Mediterranean" origin with an
addition of NEGROID or rather "proto-Negroid" features. He claims that all
peoples who have congregated in the Scandinavian and Baltic areas including
proto-Negroid, proto-Australoid, Alpine, Mediterranean, and Caspian types have
been "bleached" by an unexplainable but demonstrable process. Even animals from
this area have been so affected.
6. Mozeson [MOZESON, Isaac E. "The Word," New York 1989] p.17 "Albino".
7. Halperin, Israel, "Atlas Etz Haim", (Hebrew), 1985, vol.2 ;2
8. The Ancient Egyptians were mainly of Mediterranean Hamitic type similar to
the Berbers of North Africa. The British and Americans are descended largely
from Joseph whose wife was Egyptian. It is interesting to note that Craniology
classifies the present-day British as being fifty-percent Mediterranean (like
the Ancient Egyptians) and fifty percent Nordic.
9. V- S p.174. [V-S, VAN SETERS, JOHN. "The Hyksos. A New Investigation", New
Haven, U.S.A., 1966.]
10. Yehudah Halevi, "HaKuzari"
11. Cory p.70 [CORY, I.P. "The Ancient Fragments", London, 1828.]
12. Astour p.216 [ASTOUR, MICHAEL C. "Hellenosemitica. An Ethnic And Cultural
Study In West Semitic Study On Mycenean Greece", Leiden 1967]
13. V-S [VAN SETERS, JOHN, ibid] p.175.
15. Concerning the population of Canaan (sometimes referred to as "Amorite") at
the time when the Israelites were the dominant element there see: Brugsch Bey
[ibid] vol.1, p.509.
James [JAMES, E.O. "The Old Testament In The Light Of Anthropology", London,
Myres [MYRES, John Linton, "Who Were the Greeks?". Berkely, California, 1930]
Vercoutter ibid. p.219.
Sayce 1 ibid p.74.
16. See the colour photograph of an Egyptian wall painting and accompanying
caption in "Near-eastern Mythology. Mesopotamia Syria Palestine", by John Gray,
p.109, 1969, U.K. This picture shows an Egyptian representation of Hebrew slaves
(some of whom are depicted as blonde!) from the period prior to the Exodus.
18. "Ephraim" by Yair Davidy, p.208, Megilla 6; Genesis Rabah 86;3, "The Tribes" p.44.
19. Baba Batra 123b. Ephraim p.190 ff.
20.Yigal Ariel, Oz Melech, 1994, p.290, develops this idea based on a Midrash.
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