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The History of Hot, Black Egyptians

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You’ve come to read my post about hot, black Egyptians, only to find that I’m making Biblical references? Yes, of course. I’m going to reference Noah from the book of Genesis. He had a son named Ham, whom the Bible tells us is the progenitor of the Ethiopians and the North African nations. If you have North African ancestry or your Iberian ancestry traces back to North Africa, and if the Biblical reference is true, you descend from Noah’s son Ham. The ancient Biblical name for Egypt is Ham and it means hot or black. I see no reason why someone can’t be both hot and black but I need not digress.

Ham is referenced in Psalms 105 and 106. My old encyclopedia informs me that the wording in these passages confirms that another name for Egypt is indeed Ham. But another entry in the same encyclopedia states that, “Their relationship to the ancient Egyptians is still undecided.” Using the Bible to uncover the origins of our ancient ancestry is intriguing. There is much to explore.

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Curious About Whether You Have Jewish Ancestry? Their History is Fascinating

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The history of the Jewish people is fascinating. While reading, “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish, I came across ancient Jewish history that I’ve always wondered about. Masada. Having heard a lot about Masada, I looked it up in a Bible concordance and it isn’t listed. What an oversight. It’s an old Bible, having both Old and New Testaments, but that doesn’t matter, it should be listed in that concordance. A Biblical concordance lists important names and histories. In 2008, almost 722,000 people visited Masada, making it the most popular Israeli tourist site that year. That’s an important Holy Land location.

Masada is a mountaintop where Jews got trapped by the Romans. These quotes from “The Weight of Ink,” tell us all we need to know.

“… choose death with honor,” the guide recited, “and do the kindest thing we can for ourselves, our wives, and our children, while it is still possible to show ourselves any kindness.” Each man, Eliezer urged, must kill his family. ..”

“order to be determined by lot, the men would slaughter one another. The final man standing would kill himself—but only after setting fire to the food stores so that the Romans would be denied that prize. Only one food storeroom and water cistern would be left intact, to mock the Romans with its bounty. Let the Romans find the food and the brimming cistern, and the bodies tenderly laid in a row.”

“Jews had chosen death, rather than slavery to the Romans and their gods.”

“And Josephus knew because two Jewish women, one old and one young, hid in a cave with some children during the killing. In their cowardice they were caught and made slaves by the Romans, and the women told their story to Josephus [Flavius].”

“They were traitors. But they did at least the good of keeping the story alive.”

My thanks to author Rachel Kadish for using her historical fiction to tell the history of the Jewish people.

Suellen Ocean is the author of Secret GenealogyA How-to for Tracing Ancient Jewish Ancestry. Available here: http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Genealogy-Volume-Suellen-Ocean/dp/0965114082

The Apocalypse… Do You Ever Wonder Who the Four Horsemen Are?

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Secret GenealogyBefore we wonder about the four horsemen, let’s define Apocalypse. From the Greek apokalypsis and the French apokalyptein meaning “to uncover,” an apocalypse is anything viewed as a prophetic revelation, any disclosure. The ancient Jews had their Apocalyptic movement and their writings in the Book of Daniel is an example of their “uncovering” of the future. The Christians used the New Testament, the last book of the Bible, The Revelation of St. John the Divine, to display their version of Apocalyptic writing.SecretGenealogyIIFrontCover

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse are:

Conquest (he rides a white horse)

Slaughter (he rides a red horse)

Famine (he rides a black horse)

Death (he rides a pale horse)

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To Muslims, Christians and Jews… Who Was Gabriel?

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Through the eyes of religion and history, Gabriel reminds us of the association between Christians, Jews and Muslims. In Christianity and Judaism, Gabriel is one of the seven archangels. He is an angel of comfort and a herald declaring the coming of the Messiah. For Islam, Gabriel is believed to have dictated the Koran to their prophet, Mohammed. Christians believe that Gabriel appeared to Mary before she became the mother of Jesus. 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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Religion… What’s a Bible Thumper?

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Before I chastise anyone for being a “Bible Thumper,” I should at least confess to having been one. Not that I’ve ever been overtly religious but somehow as a child I became fond of “the good book.” Today two copies of it sit beside my desk because I refer to it regularly for ancient history, genealogical research and inspiration.

My father was born and raised in the south and the religion of his family was Baptist. As a child and teenager he attended (quite fondly), what my mother called “revivals.” I have not been to a good old-fashioned southern revival. Out west where I live, revivals have been recycled into rock music festivals where free-spirited people gather in natural settings and occasionally mention the “L” word (LORD) in their songs.

What’s a “Bible Thumper?” It is someone who is constantly preaching about anything and everything and relating it to the Bible. They believe that the Bible is perfect and that we should all live by its words. As I grew into adulthood and listened to scholars, I began to understand the importance of the Bible as an anthology. If it were music, it would be an album. Let’s say the Bible album held twelve songs. Those songs were written by different people and collected at different times. The Bible is very diverse and regularly contradicts itself.

Do I believe in God? Yes I do. Very much, and it brings me great joy. But as I get older, the more I simplify my spiritual beliefs the more joy I experience. I guess I just rejoice in all that is beautiful. I believe that was what Jesus was trying to say. We are all the sons and daughters of God and for that, we should rejoice. Jesus warned us not to worship him. He was like a parent telling his children to go into the world and accept their inheritance… the joy of being the children of God.

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The Tax Man Who Became a Saint

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Matthew, the fellow who wrote the Gospel, one of four “Gospels” in the bible was also a Jewish tax collector. Matthew believed that Jesus was the Messiah and legend has it that he was “called” by Jesus. Scholars take writings and analyze them and discover that books of the Bible were not written by one author but by several, Matthew is one of those authors. But what I find interesting is that Mathew’s Gospel was directed not at Christians but at Jews, because Matthew was a Jew trying to convince other Jews that Jesus was the messiah. The Roman Catholic Church as well as Greek Churches and the Anglican Church accept Matthew as a 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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