Monthly Archives: January 2012

WHAT IS THE ARK OF THE COVENANT?

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An ark is a chest. The Ark of the Covenant is a wooden chest the ancient Israelites made to hold the Tablets of “the law”. The story goes that the chest was made because of a command the Lord gave to Moses. It is also called The Ark of God, Ark of God of Israel, Ark of the Testimony, Ark of the Lord God and Ark of the Covenant of God. The Ark was oblong and it held two stone tablets that contained the Ten Commandments. The ark was sacred and highly symbolic for Jews. Its place was in the holiest spot of the Tabernacle and the first Temple. The story is told that the waters of the Jordan River divided when they drew near carrying the Ark. The Babylonians burned the Temple and the Ark of the Covenant is thought to have been destroyed in the fire. Jewish tradition tells of a restoration of the Ark of the Covenant when the Messiah comes.

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What is Aram, Aramaic, Aramaean?

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A couple thousand years ago there was a “country” called Aram. It was part of Syria. The people who dwelt there were Semitic and called Aramaeans. Their language was Aramaic, which Jesus spoke. But the term Aramaean later came to denote those who were Pagan; the Christians took the title of Syrians. During the era of King Solomon and David, southern Syria was Israelite territory.

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What is the Old Covenant?

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It’s the Old Testament. Before it was the OT, it was the Old Covenant. The covenant existed between God and the children of Israel. It is a treaty between these two. Then later, the Christians created a new “treaty” which we know of as the New Testament.

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What’s Mesopotamia?

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The word is Greek and means, “land between the rivers.” You are probably confused by what it means because it is often used to designate a country or ethnicity, which it is not. It is an ancient melting pot for many nations and tribes. Mesopotamia includes most of the valley between the Euphrates and the Tigris Rivers. The area has been conquered and re-conquered for ages, including by the “Barbarians” from northern Europe.

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Hidden Jewish Ancestry, Is it Just in the Name?

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The variety of surname prefixes and endings that came about in the Netherlands after the Inquisition could be a study in itself. There’s “van” and “van de” or “van der”. There’s the French prefixes of “de”, “d’” and “ver”. There are the endings of “sz” or “x”. The “sz” sounds Eastern European and could very well be, as during this period there were immigrants flocking to the Netherlands to take advantage of all the busy seaports and the work available. Those having the skills necessary to construct homes and businesses for Holland’s wealthy merchant class would have found work. If they were Jewish they would have needed to hide it so they could join the trade guild. They would have hid it behind either Catholicism or Protestantism, depending on which one was safer at the time.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Losing Our Religion

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Though intermarrying happened within all ethnic groups, tribes, etc. the Jews of the Middle Ages did not approve of it. They were very strict with their laws and customs and they did not think it enough to have faith in God but believed it crucially important to follow the Law of Moses. You can see how difficult a task that must have been when being up-rooted or forced to hide. Unable to openly teach religion, at times Jewish children grew up not knowing how to practice it. The old adage, use it or lose it, rang just as true during the Middle Ages for religion as it does today for any number of disciplines. What did happen though, when they had an opportunity to regroup, was that they tried their best to return to the old ways and the customs of the ancients.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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Are We Really Just Remnants of the Ancient Essenes?

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These days, I’ve been reading a lot about my ancestors. They were very religious and saw frugality as a virtue. So when I read about the Essenes, a “splinter Jewish sect”, written about in The Lost Years of Jesus Revealed by Rev. Dr. Charles Francis Potter, and ran across this written about the Essenes, I couldn’t help but smile. History doesn’t just repeat itself, it keeps a continuity, especially in regards to religion.

“… Essenian in their renunciation of money, in frugality of living, their combining of plain living and high thinking, their mysticism, their interest in hymns and hymn composition, their sunrise worship, their repudiation of animal sacrifices, their asceticism, their connection with Eastern (Persian or Hindu) mystic contemplation, their basic Judaism, their obvious Gnostic coloring, and their studious love of books.”

Sound like anybody you know?

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry, Secret Genealogy IIUncovering the Jewish Roots of Our Christian Ancestors and Secret Genealogy III From Jewish Anglo-Saxon Tribes to New France Acadians. Available here:

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