Greetings Brethren:

Is Anti-Semitism the fore-runner of racism? For the kidnapped Black Souls of Africa racism came into existence to justify economic exploitation. Meanwhile did anti-Semitism come into existence to justify religious hatred? Also did economics have an impact on the creation of Anti-Semitism?


Carl A. Patton, FreedomJournal


Part 10: Anti-Semitism: Race, Religion or Economics

In the name of God, Master of the universe, Ruler of the earth.

We are forever grateful for the peace that comes with the knowledge of Truth. The journey of life is an on-going mission of acquiring Truth and knowledge of the Creator. We also hear the prayers of Solomon as he prayed for wisdom and knowledge. As we continue to unfold the mysteries and enigma of the Hebrew people we bring Anti-Semitism up for review.

What is Anti-Semitism? When did it first occur? Why are there Anti-Semites? Anti-Semites are people that have a prejudice toward Hebrew people based on race, religion, politics, economics and various other reasons. However, what are the historical origins of Semitic people?

In the Old Testament (Genesis 9:18-19: 10:21-31) and the Torah the term Semite is derived from Noah's son Shem. Thus Semite is used to refer to a diverse group of ancient people whose languages are related. The record is not clear on the blood relation of these people; however they did speak related languages. The ancient world of the Semites was the Fertile Crescent. (There are also arguments for the Semitic people further to the south in Africa especially regarding Ethiopia.)The area of the Fertile Crescent began in southern Babylonia in the east, and included Mesopotamia, Syria and Palestine, ending at the border of Egypt in the west. Mountains, seas and deserts surround the land. It is also argued that the great Arabian Desert appears to have been the original homeland of the Semites.

Many historians argue that there were five principle Semitic people during ancient times. However, the description of the various Semitic people often will vary according to the religion and ethnic origins of the historian. Thus, Arab or Muslim historians, African historians and Jewish historians may not be consistent on the exclusive nature of the Semitic people to the following list:

1. The Akkadians were Babylonians and Assyrians who lived in Mesopotamia and spoke a common language. They lived from 2350 B.C. to 538 B.C.

2. The Arameans were traders. They lived in Syria from 1700 B.C. to the time of Christ. Their language supplanted Akkadian and was adopted by the Hebrews after their return from exile. It also became the language of the Talmud and half the Book of Daniel was written in Aramaic.

3. The Canaanites describes most of the people that lived in southern Syria (including Palestine) during ancient times. The Hebrews are often considered a Canaanite group. It is also argued that the Hebrews borrowed the Canaanite language and culture, and made it their own.

4. The Arabs are also considered Semitic people. With the coming of Mohammad and Islam the people of Arabia became widely known.

5. The Ethiopians lived across the Red Sea from southern Arabia. The Ethiopians had a flourishing Semitic civilization from 500 B.C. to the time of Mohammad.

A further note on the Hebrew people as Semites is noted in Genesis 10:21:

"Unto Shem also, the father of all the children of Eber, the brother of Japheth the elder, even to him were children born."

Eber according to the Hebrew historian Josephus was the origin of the word Hebrews, which from our understanding best describes the ethnic origins of the Hebrew people. However, as we turn to the Bible and look further at the descendants of Noah's sons we see a contradiction in regard to the Canaanites and the Ethiopians as Semitic people.

Shem's descendants were called Semites. Abraham, David and Jesus descended from Shem. Thus the Bible Nations that descended from Shem are: Hebrews, Chaldeans, Assyrians, Persians and Syrians.

Hams descendants settled in Canaan, Egypt, and the rest of Africa. Thus the Bible nations that descended from Ham are: Canaanites, Egyptians, Philistines, Hittites, and Amorites.

Japheth's descendants settled for the most part in Europe and Asia Minor. Thus, the Bible Nations that descended from Japheth were the Greeks, Thracians, and Scythians.

From the preceding accounts Semites then refer to various people in the Middle East and Africa. However when Anti is fixed to Semites, we see a different meaning. The Sanskrit term meaning noble was applied to Indo-Germans who related the Aryans as noble people. They also considered themselves a superior race. They also felt they had a duty to keep the Aryan race pure by not inter-mingling with inferior races. Thus they believed that the Jews were not a distinct race. This belief was held because they concluded that the Jews had originated by inter-mingling between Indo-Germanic people and other races.

Soon the term Anti-Semitism came to apply exclusively to Jews. William Nicholls, "Christian Anti-Semitism, A History of Hate" argues:

"The actual term, anti-Semitism was coined, according to most scholars, by the German journalist Wilhelm Marr, as late as 1879, to characterize various existing forms of political opposition to Jews." (Nicholls p. 325).

Nicholls argues that originally Anti-Semitism did not involve opposition to culture or an intellectual movement called Semitism. It simply meant those that opposed a society influenced by Jews. Thus, the Anti-Semites were not opposed to all Semites but only to Jews.

Meanwhile, the opposition to Jews was not born in race. Race came later. However, the religious opposition had existed from Medieval times. So had the economic implications for a developing doctrine of hate and Anti-Semitism.

Cont. Part 11: Anti-Semitism: The Evolution From Religion To Ethno/Economics

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