Who Are the Hebrews?

Who are the Hebrews?  Are you a Hebrew?  Were Adam, Noah, and Shem Hebrews?  Does it matter?  I think it does.  There is much confusion on the correct meaning of names and terms.  And if God truly has a Covenant People, wouldn’t it serve us to know and understand these names and terms?

The word “Hebrew”, according to the Strong’s Concordance, comes from the word Ibrly (#5680), which refers to “an Eberite or descendant of Eber.”  Eber is mentioned in Genesis 10:21 as a descendant of Shem (who is a descendant of Noah).  From Eber sprang Abraham.  Abram is referred to, in Genesis 14:13, as a Hebrew.  Hence, if you cross reference Genesis 14:13 with Genesis 10:21, we know that Abraham, and all of Eber’s posterity, are Hebrews!

So was Adam a Hebrew?  No.  Was Noah a Hebrew?  No.  Were Ham, Japheth, and Shem Hebrews?  No.  Were the other children of Shem Hebrews?  No.  Just Eber and his posterity.

Genesis 10:32
These are the families of the sons of Noah, after their generations, in their nations; and by these were the nations divided in the earth after the flood.

(Peleg, interestingly, was one of the sons of Eber.  Peleg is often associated with “the days when the earth was divided”.)

And so here God is separating after families, tongues, lands, and nations (Genesis 10:31, 32).

So who else does this exclude from Hebrew status?

Japheth and his descendants, who are known to have occupied West Asia, and the Mediterranean and adjacent isles, are not Hebrews.  In our day these people are likely Russian, Italian, German, Spanish, Celtic, Greek, French, Scandinavian, etc., etc.

Ham and his descendants, who are known to have occupied Egypt and Canaan, are not Hebrews.  They are known as the Canaanites, or the cursed race.  They are referred to as many different names in the Scriptures, such as, Hivites, Jebusites, Arvadites, Girgashites, Amorites, Arkites, Sinites, Hittites, Sidonians, Perizzites, and Zemarites.

Shem, and most of his descendants, sans those who sprang from Eber, are not Hebrews.  Shem and the bulk of his descendants are the Semites (Shem… Sem-ite), who occupied Assyria.

Now it is interesting to note that Genesis 10:21 which says, in part, that Shem, “also, the father of all the children of Eber” would make such a highlight, considering the passage continues to list Shem’s immediate sons.  Eber is Shem’s grandson.  The passage doesn’t preface the introduction to Shem’s sons with any other grandsons.  This should tell us that there is something noteworthy about Eber and his posterity in particular.

Eber and his posterity are Hebrews.  We talked about who it excludes.  Who does it include?

It includes Abraham, the Father of the Covenant Race, Isaac, and Jacob.

It includes the whole House of Israel.

It includes King David.

It includes Jesus Christ.

Interestingly, along with Isaac, it also includes Ishmael; as well as Jacob, it includes Esau.

Ishmael and his descendants, Esau and his descendants, are Hebrews.

Now these are just my personal study notes.  If a reader understands something that I don’t, please correct me if I am wrong!

What is the significance of being a Hebrew?  Because, obviously, Japheth’s descendants are certainly eligible to partake in the spiritual rights, privileges, and blessings of Shem and the House of Israel, which is even noted in Genesis 9:27.  “God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem; and Canaan shall be his servant.”

Well, I don’t know yet!  But I look forward to further study to find out.  Please add your comments below with any thoughts.

4 Comments

  1. The God before the flood was not the same God we have since the flood. Grandfather ran things before the flood. Grandfather was the one that came to Adam-Ondi-Ahman just before Adam left this earth after giving his righteous sons their Patriarchal Blessings. Adam is the Son, of God our Grandfather. Shem comes along and his posterity become a people called, and for the first time, “My people.” No such thing before the flood. Shem is Melchizedek.
    All the Gentiles come from Japheth. Canaanites from Ham. The Hebrews and House of Israel, from The Great Melchizedek. To me that is important because it seems to me that Adam came back as Melchizedek and started “His People,” since Adam IS the God of the OT. Not only that, He is also, as He says in Isaiah 43:11
    11 I, [even] I, [am] the LORD; and beside me [there is] no saviour.

    Isaiah 45:21
    21 Tell ye, and bring [them] near; yea, let them take counsel together: who
    hath declared this from ancient time? [who] hath told it from that time?
    [have] not I the LORD? and [there is] no God else beside me; a just God and a
    Saviour; [there is] none beside me.

    Hosea 13:4
    4 Yet I [am] the LORD thy God from the land of Egypt, and thou shalt know no
    god but me: for [there is] no saviour beside me.

    If this causes a stir, through it out with the baby… lol It is one of the Mysteries of Godliness.

  2. The Second Book of Commandments, Section 254: 6-10
    February 17, 2012

    6 For My people are a white and delightsome people and have been so from the beginning.
    7 And as I have promised that their nation shall be restored, so shall it come to pass.
    8 And only those who have the signs of Israel, yea even a fair skin and the blueness of their eyes, shall be numbered among them.
    9 For from this time forth, all who do not have these signs shall no longer be counted among My people.
    10 And all who are a mixture of the seed of Israel and the heathen nations shall be classified as Gentile, being their own nation.

    1. Hi Samuel the Lamanite! Thanks for your comment.

      The Nation of Israel is only through Jacob, from Shem. There are many Gentiles, through Japheth, that fit the description of “fair skin and blueness of their eyes”. When it is said “only those who have the signs of Israel… shall be numbered among them,” it must mean they are being included by adoption into the House of Israel…? For even Abraham was not an Israelite.

      1. Hi. Since Samuel did not respond yet, I should point out that when a people are given the Word of the Lord, and it is confirmed by the Holy Ghost that it is from Heaven, then they must accept that what is coming from Heaven may not agree with what is taught in the educational system of their nation. Right? The Second Book of Commandments clearly contradicts what the educated world teaches, so one must determine if it truly is the Word of the Lord before accepting it. It if is not the Word of the Lord in our day, then does this gift exist elsewhere or has it been taken away from the earth again after being restored in early Mormonism? The 2BC reveals that true Israel is White, and always was White. (But not all Whites are Isrealites.) This is what British Israelism, Christian Identity and early Mormonism taught. But the 2BC reveals more, and continues the work of identifying true Israel and the members of its tribes. And how can the scriptural promises be fulfilled that Israel will be gathered again unless Israel is identified first? Jeremiah 31:10 promises: ” Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel WILL GATHER HIM, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock.” http://2bc.info/pdf/2BC%20Identity%20of%20Israel.pdf

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