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What Is Unique About Black Hebrews Who Live In Israel?

Black Hebrews

You might have heard of Kendrick Lamar, the rapper who is known for his spiritual as well as talented lyrics. His hip-hop style even inspires many who consider them religious in their following of the Christian faith. Lamar formed the album called Good Kid and MAAD City which is defined as deeply theological and he is even stated to be a theological genius.

Black Hebrews

Lamar can be considered an example of the faith that is followed by Blacks who are Hebrew Israelites. Many even protest of being termed as black and would rather be known as Israelites. Many even feel that, unless they recognize their identity as Israelites, their suffering will not end. As of today, the term black Hebrew Israelites include Black Jews, those of African origin and are Hebrew Israelites, are Hebrew Israelites and or black Hebrews and so forth.

The influence of Judaism on the African Americans was seen since the 17th century, which was pronounced by the 20th century. It might also be due to the discrimination that this community faced in the United States. Hence, by 19th as well as an early part of the 20th century many African Americans started to identify themselves with ancient Israelites, some even claiming to be physical descendants of such race of people. This led to the formation of the faction of black Hebrew Israelites. People of such faction then spread to the US as well as in Africa besides a community staying back in Israel.

This community does not align themselves with the principles of Judaism directly. They manipulate the traditions in a creative way and they glean several beliefs from different streams of the faith, such as from the Anglo Israelite movement that arose in Britain, from Judaism, Pentecostal Christianity to Judaism, Hebrew principles of the Old Testament and so forth.

There is another group called the Ethiopian Jews which are unrelated to the Black Hebrew Israelites. This is a BHI group that also has a distinct group presence in New York. As per the group, they exist in Israel, but also in other countries with similar faith and beliefs. There are certain beliefs that characterize this group and community of people, though is a loose manner. For instance, black Jews often follow Jewish traditions as well as a perspective of the Christ that is similar to Christian faith. Black Hebrews who practice Judaism is also known to be more traditional in their approach. Some are known to be quite nationalistic and are far from the traditional Jewish beliefs.

This group or community of people continues to grow their culture and add a sprinkle of diversity to the evolving concepts of Judaism.

Hebrew Roots Of Christianity

Hebrew Roots

Hebrew roots can be considered the foundation that was laid for the Christian faith. Israel has much to offer, being the main place for the Hebrew community of the yesteryears as well as of today. Israel is often regarded as the Holy Land but it is not merely a land of prophets but also that of people. The foundation of the Christian faith can be traced back to this region, which makes it special for both the Jewish as well as the Christian community.

Hebrew Roots

Israel is a nation that has a unique story to tell; if you wish to understand the history of the Church, it is best done if you consider the Hebrew roots that lay the true foundation of the Christian faith. The journey to fully understand faith is to understand the true meaning of what is written in the Holy Scriptures or the Torah of the Jewish faith. It is said, as per the rabbinical norms, there are about seventy different meanings for Torah. For those who wish to understand and go deeper would be to study the Scripture properly.

For those who wish to trace the origins of the Hebrew and Christian faith, they need to go through the ancient religious texts such as the Complete Jewish Bible, the Messianic and Jewish commentaries by experts that are also found in recorded versions. There are several holy or feast days that are mentioned in the Scripture. These are no longer followed like law, but the feasts of the Lord, which are seven in number and mentioned in Leviticus 23 include revelations and prophetic meanings that were taught by Jesus. For instance, in Leviticus 23:1-2, it is stated that the feasts were holy convocations and were appointed by God, such as they were signals of something that has been planned for beforehand. It is said that, out of the seven feasts, about four were dress rehearsals of the death of Jesus as well as his resurrection and of other events like Pentecost as well as the birth of the Church? The other feasts signify events like the rapture of Church, the return of the Lord and a harvest of souls being brought back home.

Such insights and much more can be found if you go through the ancient Scriptures and try and understand the true meaning of what was written down, some which go long before Jesus was born or before there was aware of his coming. The true meanings reveal that there were signs given by God such as lights in the sky, which signaled the coming of important events.

Features Of Hebrew The Jewish Language

Hebrew

It is considered a Semitic language whose roots can be traced back to the Afro-Asian family. The ancient origins of the language can be traced to Canaanite language which was spoken back in the 4th century CE. It then gained popularity as it became the literary language to be used in the Jewish faith, especially as the language used for writing the Hebrew bible. It is a spoken language that is part of Jewish communities across the world and is a language widely spoken in Israel. There are about fifteen million speakers for whom Hebrew is a native language.

Hebrew

The language contains different dialects and there are versions that are spoken in different areas of Palestine in ancient times that collectively form the classical Hebrew version. Later on, it came to acquire a specialized stream called Biblical Hebrew; this was spoken around the first century CE. The Mishnaic version existed till the 4th century CE. A literary language was Amoraic that coexisted around the same time and these forms were often classed together to form the Rabbinic Hebrew. Around the third and 5th century the rabbinic commentaries were made in this dialect. Towards the Medieval era, there arose several regional dialects. Important ones were Masoretic and Tiberian which also found references in Biblical Hebrew.

Before Hebrew became popular as a spoken language, its use was more rampant in the religious practices of the Jewish community. The Biblical form was most pronounced at such a time. The communities in eastern and central Europe developed a dialect of the language known as Ashkenazi Hebrew. A similar dialect known as Sephardi Hebrew came to be used in Israel and spread to areas like Iberian Peninsula. Oriental Hebrew, also known as Mizrahi, became popular as a dialect used by Jewish communities in the Middle East.

As a secular language, Hebrew saw several works done in the language around the middle part of the 19th century. At such a time the Jewish writers started to use the language in their poetic narrations or in the writing of novels. The standard form of the language as is spoken in modern times was established by Eliezer Ben Yehuda who was a Palestinian around the 20th century. The British Mandate of Palestine was subsequently established and that made it a spoken language that was officially recognized by 1922. The Academy of Hebrew Language was subsequently formed and this helped to regulate the norms of the language, especially its written form.