Biblical Descriptions of the Adamic Israelites

In recent times it has become popular to claim that the ancient Israelites were racially alien to modern Europeans. This idea stems from the recent anti-White and anti-Christian cultural movements which find it beneficial to convince Whites that Christianity is alien to the Europoid race. While this notion has gained traction in recent years, centuries of European Christian art have painted a very different picture. While anti-Whites continue to scoff at these traditional Christian depictions, recent discoveries in the fields of archaeology and archaeogenetics have vindicated the traditional Christian view of the racial traits of the ancient Israelites.

Ancient Judaean mosaics have been unearthed in Palestine, particularly in the region of Galilee, the land of the nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ. The defining features of the races of the modern Middle-East like Armenoids and Arabids are absent in these depictions. Features such as the “permanent smile” and drooping hooked noses are not to be seen. 

Judaea had been infiltrated heavily by their racially corrupted cousins, the Edomites, beginning in the late 2nd century BC (a formative event in Jewish ethnogenesis) but it seems that Galilee and other parts of Northern Palestine were not affected visibly by this intrusion even up until the 6th century AD.

These mosaics consistently display the Europoid features of the Judaeans who display hyperdepigmentation and straight, upright noses as well as modest lips. These mosaics consistently display the Europoid features of the Judaeans who display hyperdepigmentation and straight, upright noses as well as modest lips. Some scoffers claim these mosaics and murals are Greek or Roman rather than Judaean, but this is demonstrably false. These mosaics and murals are all from well known archaeological sites in Huqoq, Sepphoris, Hamat Tiberias, Beit She’an, Gaza and Dura Europos. They span Palestine and Syria and the dates range from the 2nd to 6th centuries AD. Almost all of these were found in synagogues and many contain Hebrew or Aramaic text while the subjects include Scripture and Judaean history.

The Judaeans are even depicted alongside ancient Greeks and there is no apparent dissimilarity between the two groups. This lends credence to the testimony of Flavius Josephus who indicates to us that the ancient Judaeans and Greeks were physically indistinguishable but for the circumcision of the Judaeans.

“Wherefore they desired his permission to build them a Gymnasium at Jerusalem. And when he had given them leave, they also hid the circumcision of their genitals, that even when they were naked they might appear to be Greeks.”
-Flavius Josephus, Antiquities 12.241

Of course the ancient Judaeans were indeed of the same racial stock as the ancient Greeks, and many other proofs of this are to be found in classical history and archaeology as well as the Christian Scriptures.

An archaeogenetic study titled Genome-Wide Diversity in the Levant Reveals Recent Structuring by Culture has proven that the ancient Levantine populations were akin to modern Europeans and not the modern day inhabitants of Middle-Eastern/North-African genetic stock.

“Levant populations today fall into two main groups: one sharing more genetic characteristics with modern-day Europeans and Central Asians, and the other with closer genetic affinities to other Middle Easterners and Africans.”

“We reconstructed the genetic structure of the Levantines and found that a pre-Islamic expansion Levant was more genetically similar to Europeans than to Middle Easterners”

This information affirms the testimony of the Scriptures which clearly describe the ancient Israelites as Europoid. Here we will examine these Biblical proofs.

“4 Thy neck is as an ivory tower; thine eyes are as pools in Esebon, by the gates of the daughter of many: thy nose is as the tower of Libanus, looking toward Damascus.”
-Song of Solomon 7.4

Here we see the woman described has skin like ivory indicating hyperdepigmentation. Her eyes are described as pools of water which must be an aquatic blue or green hue. The nose of the woman is described as a tower which must describe an upright and narrow nose as seen in the Europoid race.

“12 His eyes are as doves, by the pools of waters, washed with milk, sitting by the pools.”
-Song of Solomon 5.12

This appears to be another description of light eyes displaying the contrast between the whites of the eyes (likened to doves and milk) and the blue or green of the iris (likened to water). It ought to be noted that the subject of this description is King Solomon, an ancestor of Jesus Christ.

“10 My kinsman is white [tsach, H6703, leukos, 3022] and ruddy [adom, H122, purrhos, G4450], chosen out from myriads.”
-Song of Solomon 5.10

Strong’s G4450, purros: 
“fiery red
From pur; fire-like, i.e. (specially), flame- colored — red.”

Strong’s H122, adom:
“red, ruddy
From ‘adam; rosy — red, ruddy.”

Strong’s G3022, leukos:
From luke (“light”); white — white.”

Strong’s H6703, tsach:
“clear, dry, plainly, white
From tsachach; dazzling, i.e. Sunny, bright, (figuratively) evident — clear, dry, plainly, white.”

The Latin Vulgate translates tsach as candidus, meaning “fair skinned, pale” and adom is rendered in the Latin as rubicundus, meaning “suffused with red, ruddy” (Oxford Latin Dictionary s.v.). The descriptors white, red, fire-like, rosy, sunny, bright, clear and white can only describe Europoids. Only a depigmented specimen can exhibit rosiness or ruddiness and only light skin may be rightly described as bright, clear or white. The subject of this verse is King Solomon, one of Christ’s ancestors.

“12 And he sent and fetched him: and he was ruddy [admoni, H132, purrazo, G4449], with beauty of eyes, and very goodly to behold. And the Lord said to Samuel, Arise, and anoint David, for he is good.”
-1 Samuel 16.12

These same terms describe David once again in a later passage from the same book.

“42 And Goliath saw David, and despised him; for he was a lad, and ruddy [admoni, H132, purrazo, G4449], with a fair countenance.”
-1 Samuel 17.42

Strong’s G4449, purrazo:
“be red.
From purrhos; to redden (intransitively) — be red.”

Strong’s H132, admoni:
“red, ruddy
Or (fully) admowniy {ad-mo-nee’}; from ‘adam; reddish (of the hair or the complexion) — red, ruddy.”

Again we see an Israelite is described as ruddy however this time it is translated from different but related words. We see here that Strong’s offers the definition “reddish (of the hair or the complexion)” for H132 and this matches the English definition provided by Gesenius. Liddell & Scott defines purrakes (a form of purazzo, G4449) as “Redhead, common name of a slave, prop. of the red-haired slaves from Thrace”. Rufus means “red-haired” (Oxford Latin Dictionary s.v.). It should be noted that this is a description of Christ’s most famous ancestor, King David.

“7 Her Nazarites were purer than snow, they were whiter [tsachach, H6705, lampo, G2989] than milk, they were purified as with fire, their polishing was superior to sapphire stone.”
-Lamentations 4.7

Where the Septuagint reads “they were purified as with fire” the King James reads “they were more ruddy [adom, H119] in body than rubies”.

Strong’s G2989, lampos:
“give light, shine.
A primary verb; to beam, i.e. Radiate brilliancy (literally or figuratively) — give light, shine.”

Strong’s H6705, tsachach:
“be whiter
A primitive root; to glare, i.e. Be dazzling white — be whiter.”

Strong’s H119, adom:
“be dyed, made red ruddy
To show blood (in the face), i.e. Flush or turn rosy — be (dyed, made) red (ruddy)”

Here we see Israelites described as white or dazzling to a degree comparable to milk. They are also described as rosy or ruddy. Of course these terms can only describe the contrast of pale skin and the blood flowing through it giving parts of the skin a rosy hue. We see at the end of this verse that their polishing is compared to sapphire stone and this most likely describes the blue veins which can be seen through pale skin. In the Vulgate tsachach is translated here as candidiores, a form of candidus, and adom is rendered as rubicundiores, words which I have already explained the meanings of.

“22 Therefore thus saith the Lord concerning the house of Jacob, whom he set apart from Abraham, Jacob shall not now be ashamed, neither shall he now wax pale [chavar, H2357].”
-Isaiah 29.22

Strong’s H2357, chavar: 
“wax pale
A primitive root; to blanch (as with shame) — wax pale.”

The Greek text of this verse reads “neither shall he now change countenance” which relays the same message but does not use the expression “wax pale”. Of course to wax pale one must first have clear pale skin which may be rosy with blood. If Jacob was physically unable to wax pale then the words of the prophet would be redundant, which the words of God never are. Of course Jacob, being depigmented, could wax pale.

“6 Enquire, and see if a male has born a child? and ask concerning the fear, wherein they shall hold their loins, and look for safety: for I have seen every man, and his hands are on his loins; their faces are turned to paleness [yeraqon, H3420].”
-Jeremiah 30.6

Strong’s H3420, yeraqon:
“greenish, yellow
From yereq; paleness, whether of persons (from fright), or of plants (from drought) — greenish, yellow.”

Once again we see that the Scripture refers to peculiar conditions of depigmented skin in reference to the Israelites. The fact that the text employs this expression to describe the fear of the men of Israel and Judah clearly implies that the Hebrews were familiar with what it is to blanch with fear.

“7 Thou shalt sprinkle me with hyssop, and I shall be purified: thou shalt wash me, and I shall be made whiter [laban, H3835, leukaino, G3021] than snow.”
-Psalm 51.7

Strong’s G3021, leukainos:
“make white, whiten.
From leukos; to whiten — make white, whiten.”

Strong’s H3835, laban:
“make brick, be made, make whiter
A primitive root; to be (or become) white; also (as denominative from lbenah) to make bricks — make brick, be (made, make) white(-r).”

Notice that the natural state of the speaker when purified and cleansed is white and so this must be how the psalmist perceived himself to naturally appear.

“25And the first came out red [admoni, H132, purrazo, 4449], hairy all over like a skin; and she called his name Esau.”
-Genesis 25.25

While Esau’s offspring were a mongrelized brood, he himself was a pedigreed Hebrew and twin brother of Jacob himself.

Here we see Esau the Hebrew described with the very same terms applied to David in 1 Samuel. It seems that here Esau’s redness must describe the hair in which he was covered. While hairiness may not be a desirable feature it is very prevalent in Northern Europe, and Scandinavia is a contender for the most hirsute region on earth.

In his entry for Adam (H120) Strong tells us the word is “From ‘adam [or adom, H119]; ruddy” and Strong explains that adom (H119) means “to show blood in the face”, “flush or turn rosy” or “be made ruddy”. In his entry for Adam Gesenius looks further back than Strong to the root dam (H1818) meaning “blood” (the root of adom). This derivation likewise affirms the connection to blushing and the bright red hue of blood. Many claim Adam derives from adamah (soil, H127), indicating a reddish brown hue, but this defies all convention whereby the smaller component (dam) is the root of the larger derivative (adamah) and no reputable lexicographers ascribe such an origin to Adam.

The source of this misconception is the folk etymology given by Josephus where he connects the name Adam to “red earth” (Antiquities 1.1.2). Josephus of course was not a linguist and didn’t recognize that the connection between Adam and adamah is that they both stem from the primitive root dam/”blood”, probably because the Hebrews associated red earth with the spilled blood of Abel (Genesis 4.10).

Here I will share some apocryphal sources describing various biblical characters. While the authenticity of these texts may be questioned, they surely do indicate to us how the racial traits of the Israelites have been percieved in the past. These accounts are quite clear in their meaning and require no further elaboration from myself.

Description of Abraham’s wife Sarah from the Dead Sea Scrolls, Genesis Apocryphon (1Q20) column 20:
“How fair are her breasts and how beautiful all her whiteness!”

Description of Noah from the Book of Noah, 1 Enoch 106.2:
“And his body was white as snow and red as the blooming of a rose and the hair of his head and his long locks were white as wool, and his eyes beautiful.”

Eusebius of Caesarea (quoting Artapanus of Alexandria), Praeparatio Evangelica book 9 chapter 27:
“And Moses they say was tall and ruddy, with long white hair, and dignified …”

I believe that in light of the provided evidence it is clear that the ancient Israelites were racially Europoid. Despite the best efforts of our adversary to persuade us otherwise, our Christian ancestors surely did not convert to a racially alien faith, nor do we owe our Christian heritage to an alien race.

‘White Ancient Aram’

‘The House of the Pharaohs and the Ancient Hebrews’

‘Syro-Levantine Europoids: the Memory of Shem’s Blood in Western Asia’

Published by SloanVSutherland

"I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the way of the Lord"

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