What Did Ancient Israelites Look Like?


A diverse crowd of Israelis at a performance in Tel Aviv

If you take a look at the Jewish population living in Israel today, you will probably be struck by the huge variety of physical traits. Millions of people all calling themselves “Jews” have gathered together after over 2000 years of being scattered throughout the world: Northern Europe, the Mediterranean Basin, North Africa, Ethiopia, Persia, the former Soviet Union, the Americas and the list goes on. All these Jews look rather different from each other. And yet, all claim to be descended from a single ancestor: “Abram the Hebrew” (Genesis 14:13). Is this really the case? Is it even possible to know what the ancient Israelites actually looked like?

No, unfortunately it is probably not possible to verify with any real certainty what Abraham looked like. Presumably, if he was born in Ur of the Chaldeans, located in modern-day southern Iraq, he would have had dark wavy hair, an olive complexion; an appearance characteristic of the populations that have lived in this region for millennia: Kurds, Turkmen, Jews, Armenians, etc. We can look to the Song of Songs for an description of what the Israelite ideal of beauty was (Song 5:10-16). However, beyond this very vague image, it is nearly impossible to know about the physical appearance of Abraham or of any of his Israelite descendants. If we cannot obtain concrete information about the genealogy of the ancient Israelites (nature), what about cultural features (nurture) of their appearance: clothing, hairstyle, facial hair, etc.?

Old Jew from Babylonia. Created by Bayard after photo of unknown author, published on Le Tour du Monde, Paris, 1867

Old Jew from Babylonia. Created by Bayard after photo of unknown author, published on Le Tour du Monde, Paris, 1867

In popular imagination, one of the most “obvious” features of an ancient Israelite man’s appearance is a full beard. Any modern illustration depicting the biblical period contains lots of dusty, turban-wearing Israelite men with unkempt beards. You will never see a clean shaven Israelite in a biblical film or drawing. Why is this? Is this just meant to make the actors look authentically “old-fashioned” or do we have evidence for the absence of shaved faces among Israelite men?

oshua and Caleb; as in Joshua 14:6-15; illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company, 1901

Joshua and Caleb; as in Joshua 14:6-15; illustration from a Bible card published by the Providence Lithograph Company, 1901

Contrary to the the ancient Egyptians (who were clean shaven) and Mesopotamians (who wore long groomed beards) who depicted themselves extensively in their art, the Israelites hardly left us images of themselves. The biblical prohibition against making graven images (Exodus 20:4) prevented the Israelites from producing art depicting themselves. So scholars mostly need to use textual descriptions found in the Bible to reconstruct the Israelites’ physical appearance.


Detail of Assyrian warriors with long curly groomed beards

The Hebrew Bible contains many passages which make it clear that beards are vital part of Israelite fashion. The Book of Psalms compares dwelling in peace with one’s brothers to “fine oil on the head running down onto the beard, the beard of Aaron, that comes down over the collar to his robe” (Psalm 133:2). Listen to two different musical versions of these words here and here. This metaphor is difficult to understand. Why is a well-oiled beard similar to brotherly harmony? Is it because dwelling in peace creates a feeling of overflowing bounty similar to the oil on Aaron’s beard? Is it because in the ancient Near East guests were welcomed by being anointed with fine oil? Perhaps. The main point for our purposes is that the high priest, Aaron, had a very long beard.

A statue of Aaron in priestly garments in Cistercian Abbey of Rudy (Poland).

A statue of Aaron wearing the priestly garments and a long beard, in Cistercian Abbey of Rudy (Poland).

But lest one conclude that beards were only worn by the priestly class, we can find many biblical passages that indicate otherwise. Every Israelite man is commanded “you shall not round off the hair on your temples or mar the edges of your beard.” (Leviticus 19:27). This is the biblical basis for the sidelocks of hair (Hebrew: pe’ot) that Ultra-Orthodox men wear to this day, as seen in the image below. One might even go as far as to say that long sidelocks were the most distinctive feature of the Israelites’ appearance (circumcision was also very distinctive, but not outwardly visible). Jeremiah refers to the foreign nations that surround Israel collectively as “all those with shaven temples who live in the desert” (Jer. 9:25).

A Hasidic man prays at the Western Wall, Jerusalem

A Hasidic man with long sidelocks (pe’ot) prays at the Western Wall, Jerusalem

Among ancient Israelite men it was apparently considered humiliating to have one’s face shaven. When King Hanun of Ammon clips off half of the beards of David’s courtiers, he instructs them to “remain in Jericho until your beards grow back” (2 Samuel 10:5). Waiting several weeks for the hair to grow back in the ghost town of Jericho (abandoned since Joshua’s destruction of the city) was evidently preferable to the easier solution of simply shaving the other side off. A common form of greeting a fellow Israelite was to “grab his beard with the right hand to kiss him” (2 Samuel 20:9). Prior to visiting king David, it was imperative for Saul’s son Mephibosheth to prepare himself by doing the following: taking care of his feet, trimming his mustache, washing his clothes (2 Samuel 19:24). The mustache (Hebrew safam) was trimmed, but not the beard (zakan). Maybe the reason why shaving one’s beard was humiliating was that it was a pagan rite (Leviticus 21:5), a mourning practice (Job 1:20), or alternatively, a symbolic act performed by a holy man. The prophet Ezekiel, for example, is instructed as follows:

Now, son of man, take a sharp sword and use it as a barber’s razor to shave your head and your beard. Then take a set of scales and divide up the hair. (Ezekiel 5:1).

In fact, there are works of art from the period of the Bible that do depict Israelites. For example, this frieze found in the throne room of Sennacherib in Nineveh depicts the famous battle of Lachish. This was one of the most important battles fought by the Assyrians as they conquered most of the southern kingdom of Judah in 701 BC. In the image below we see Israelite prisoners being led off into captivity. Note the short curly beards on the faces of the men. These are closely cropped as opposed to the long beard of the Assyrian soldiers.


Three Israelite men playing lyres as they are led off into captivity following the Assyrian victory at Lachish. This recalls the Bible’s description of the Babylonians forcing the exiled Judahites to play songs of Zion on their harps (Ps. 137). The Israelites’ beards are shorter than that of the Assyrian soldier on the left.

Here is a depiction of King Jehu of Israel bowing down to the Assyrian king Shalmaneser III. Note the beard.


Detail from the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III (reigned 858-824 BC). The figure bowing down is the Israelite king Jehu. This is the earliest artistic depiction of a specific figure mentioned in the Hebrew Bible.

Another rare artistic depiction which might be depicting Israelites is this tomb painting from Egypt. A detail from the tomb of Khnumhotep II, an aristocrat buried in the Beni Hasan cemetery in Middle Egypt. This painting depicts a family of nomadic traders entering Egypt from Canaan in the 19th cent. BCE. This is a very rare depiction of ancient Semites, dressed in colorful tunics, as opposed to the Egyptians wearing only white waistcloths. Perhaps they have come to buy grain. The man bending over the ibex is named “Abisha the Hyksos” according to the inscription. This is a very nice visual counterpart to the story of Jacob’s sons migrating to Egypt.


The man on the upper register holding a dark brown ibex is labeled Abischa (sounds like the Hebrew name “Avishai”) and bears the title Hyksos (“shepherd king”).

The Hebrew word for beard is zakan (זקן) and appears 19 times in the Hebrew Bible. Interestingly the Greek equivalent pogon (πώγων) does not appear even once in the New Testament. What should we make of this? Were Jews clean shaven during the Roman period? No. Certainly the majority of Jewish men still had beards, as they did during the period of the Hebrew Bible. There was a small population of highly Hellenized Jews that might have shaved their beards, as was the custom among Romans. But it would have been very odd to see a Jewish man in the Land of Israel without a beard until the 20th century. The Babylonian Talmud states that Rabbi Yohanan was very handsome but did not possess perfect beauty because he lacked a beard. Interestingly, the beard is referred to by the alias “the adornment of the face” (Baba Metzia 84b). Let’s conclude by quoting one of the rare examples of a description of an ancient Jew. The following description of the physical appearance of the apostle Paul is found in the the 2nd century apocryphal book, the Acts of Paul and Thecla:

He was a man of middling size, and his hair was scanty, and his legs were a little crooked, and his knees were projecting, and he had large eyes and his eyebrows met, and his nose was somewhat long, and he was full of grace and mercy; at one time he seemed like a man, and at another time he seemed like an angel.

Not a very flattering description! Evidently, Paul’s beard was so obvious that the author did not even see the need to mention it.

About the author

Jonathan LipnickJonathan Lipnick believes that a truly comprehensive understanding of Scripture must be capable of penetrating beneath the printed words to reveal the authentic world of the Bible: the landscapes, smells and sounds of ancient Israel. He is the dean of the faculty of Holy Land Studies at Israel Institute of Biblical Studies, and is the author of the course "Exploring the Biblical Land of Israel"

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  1. Walter Nelson

    Josephus the Jewish historian in his Dissertation 111 History of the Jews says that Jews were mistaken for… Egyptians but most people thought they were Ethiopian …which means they appeared to be African

  2. James Clipper

    Ancient Hebrews look nothing like contemporary Jews. Why?

  3. […] What did ancient Israelites look like? […]

  4. Jero Jones

    The etymology of the English term Jew originates from the Biblical Hebrew word Yehudi, meaning “from the Kingdom of Judah.” So theoretically those Ten Tribes of the Northern kingdom of Israel were known as Israelites, a much older term than Jew. Therefore, to be a Jew (after 931 BCE), one must have been born and lived in the kingdom of Judah.
    Furthermore, after the diaspora of the Israelites (2 Kings 15:29), anyone that lived north of the border of Judah after 721 BCE, were foreigners as described in 2 Kings 17:24.
    On the obsolete (after 721 BCE) Northern kingdom of Israel, which from the reign of King Omri (884-873 BCE) was renamed, Samaria. Omri after reigning for six years moved from his old capital of Tirzah to his new capital also called Samaria, see 1 Kings 16: 23-24.
    Galilee was inhabited by Gentiles?
    23 There is no gloom where there had been distress. Where once he degraded the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, now he has glorified the way of the Sea, the land across the Jordan, *Galilee of the Nations.[a](Isaiah 8:23 NIV)
    8:23 The territories mentioned in this verse are those which the Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser III took from Israel and incorporated into the Assyrian provincial system as a result of the Syro-Ephraimite War of 735–732 B.C. (2 Kgs 15:29). Zebulun…Naphtali: regions of the former Northern Kingdom of Israel. The way of the Sea: the area along the Mediterranean coast south of Mount Carmel which became the Assyrian province of Dor. Land across the Jordan: the province of Gilead east of the Jordan. Galilee of the Nations: the territory north of Mount Carmel which was incorporated in the Assyrian province of Megiddo. Galilee apparently had a large non-Israelite population. Mt 4:15–16 (see below) cites this verse in the context of the beginning of Jesus’ public mission in Galilee.
    *Galilee of the Nations means the people that the king of Assyria forced to repopulate Samaria/northern kingdom of Israel from 721 BCE onward (see 2 Kings 17:24).

    15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,
    the way to the sea, beyond the Jordan,
    Galilee of the Gentiles,
    16 the people who sit in darkness
    have seen a great light,
    on those dwelling in a land overshadowed by death
    light has arisen.” [Matthew 4:15-16 NABRE]
    Source: For both Isaiah 8:23 and Matthew 4:15-16
    The Gentiles who write the genealogy of Jesus did not research the information contained in the Hebrew scriptures or Israelite history.
    The post ends by citing: 48 The Jews answered him [Jesus], “Aren’t we right in saying that you are a Samaritan and demon-possessed?” [John 8:48 NIV]

    Jero Jones

  5. keveli92

    From the four corners of the earth are all the locations of the lost tribe (Isaiah 11:12) meaning after thousands of years, there is no such thing as a “pure” Jew for tradition continues. There is no Jew nor Greek (Galatians 3:28-29). All who are of Jesus Christ are grafted in the same olive tree, (Romans 11:11-31). Timothy was half Greek and jew (Greek father, Jewish mother) in (Acts 16:1 onward). So because of that, just like Christians are of all ‘Ethnic’ groups, so are the Jewish, but their features are truly like Semitic origins. Let’s remember that in the kingdom of God, we are all one body, one spirit and while there is racial debates here on this forsaken world, there shall be none in heaven.

  6. Michelle

    Sadly, many caucasians are unwilling to acknowledge or accept that Jesus is not a Caucasian. Let’s look at geographically where He is from and His lineage. Jesus is of Jewish descent and born in Bethlehem which is Israel. Therefore, He definitely is not Caucasian skinned, blondish brown haired and blue eyed like many Caucasians believe Him to be. Some will concede to brown-eyed and many pictures in churches portray Him as such. I respectfully disagree with these portrails. If you look at drawings, Stone carvings and historical descriptions of Israelites in biblical times, they were tan skin toned and often had dark brown or black hair that was more course then most Caucasian hair and often was wavy or curly. In Matthew 2, Mary and Joseph we’re told to hide baby Jesus in Egypt. If He was Caucasian in any way, shape or form, He would stick out like a sore thumb in Egypt! Therefore, in Matthew 2, Mary and Joseph were told to hide baby Jesus in Egypt. Luke 2 tells of Jesus at about 12 sitting in the temple listening to the teachings & teaching. Now, if he looked Caucasian, He never would have been allowed to go into the temple! We have a tendency to follow what we are told/taught by our parents/grand parents & not question it. It’s tradition. Even in church, we often don’t question what the pastor says. If you look at paintings of Jesus over time, He’s been painted as what the time or culture dictates. Paintings of Jesus have been done where He looks Asian or African or Russia, etc. It’s the artist’s perception. Isn’t He all things to all people? (I knew a matured woman that had a rough life at the hands of a tyrannical father & an abusive husband. To her, the Trinity was feminine. That was the only way she could keep her faith. Men had caused her too much pain) Anything but a “white “Jesus doesn’t work in the church. To even mention anything contrary to this traditional Jesus is seen as pretty much blasphemy. How is it that many Christian churches are more willing to accept a gay pastor – which goes against the Word of God- but will not even consider the idea of Jesus being anything BUT Caucasian? I love the Lord & every person He has created. I know Who Jesus is to ME & He is a God of love. Doesn’t the Word of God tell believers to study for themselves and not just take what they are told as 100% truth? Bye the way, I am a matured Caucasian female.

    1. Dax

      “Our skin was black like an oven because of the famine (Lamentations 5:10, KJV). Did the Jew(ish) people turn black because of the starvation at Auschwitz? The Hebrews were Black people. Askenaz (Askenazim) was derived from the lineage of Japheth not Shem, whom Abraham descended from. Jew(ish) is a European trope that has evolved into calling Eastern European converts Jews.

      1. Ehyeh Asher Ehyeh

        This argument does not make sense. The language of the Israelites eventually evolved into Paleo-Hebrew and then later forms of Hebrew as they became a dead spoken language. You are citing the King James Version of the Bible, which is a late translation of the Bible produced hundreds of years after its initial writing. If you look at a direct Hebrew translation, a better translation is “Our skin is hot like an oven because of the burning heat of famine.” In other words, they are saying (if both black and hot are linguistic correlates of the thing they are talking about) that they are BURNT. They are made overcooked, burnt, hot, or blackened by the heat or oven of famine. That has nothing to do with skin color; it has to do with the sensation and metaphor. If anything, it means that the so-called blackened state would NOT be normal to impose upon the identity of an Israelite. And for the record, the Jews and their skin WERE burnt at Auschwitz. Additionally, you are citing only one sub-group of Jews. The Ancient Israelites were probably some form of brown, and then they were forced to migrate post-Exile, and they took on the skin colors of their surrounding populations. Some Jews went South to Ethiopia and became Black Jews, and these are called the Beta Israel. Some went even further South to far Sub-Saharan Africa and became the Lemba People, an even “blacker” Jew. Some went North or West into Europe or North Africa and mixed with the local population and became white Jews, and the Jews that went further North mixed with whiter and whiter populations. Some Jews went East and mixed with Indian populations, becoming the Bene Israel (Indian Jews), and some went even further East into parts of Western China and became the Kaifeng Jews. It turns out that when you scatter a people, they tend to go in any direction where they can survive, and for the Jews, this meant traveling wherever they could. No people are “purely” any ancient ethnic group. There is a constant flow, unless the population is completely and totally isolated. (Additionally, the Khazarian Hypothesis has been proven false by modern genetics, and shows that the Beta Israel, Lemba People, Ashkenazi Jews, Middle Eastern (Mizrahi) Jews, and North African/Spanish (Sephardi) Jews all share at least a handful of common paternal ancestors denoted by the occurrences of West Asian and North African haplogroups). All of the people in the comments here have clearly never studied biblical criticism, archaeology, Israelite History, or genetics. You can’t just pick random quotes out of the Bible to support an arbitrary perspective that you LIKE. You have to use the LOGICAL AND RATIONAL capacity that GOD gave YOU.

        1. Dustin Mix

          The term Ethiopian uses the same definition for the black skinned people the Greeks described as Athiops, Burnt face.

      2. Sarah Tinsley

        No. The Israelites or should I say the Hebrew Israelites had Olive colored skin and we’re not black nor White

    2. william coombs

      I so completely agree with you… cultures claim the best things for them selves… as protestants and catholic have attempted to erase the very Hebrew nature of the New Testament Jesus ( or Paul or Peter) couldn’t be Hebrew or Jewish… as Jesus is the Best of The best each group claimed his appearance … or is that just the way God is working through each culture… God Is Love and Love of God is all there is

    3. SniperSd Sid

      Were these even Jews coz Jews is a new term ? Mary and Joseph we’re told to hide baby Jesus in Egypt and so what Alexandria Egypt is in Egypt ! at what time was it , who’s rule was it under lol what if they was Carpathian , parthain under Jewish/Hebrew law ! that then fell under roman loled .
      Jesus Born‎: ‎c. 4 BC; ‎Judea‎, Roman Empire
      Caucasian? is a wind range lol and not even people understand lol a lot of shit has gone down but if at this time he was only really Caucus coz Caucus-Asian are more northern
      Many so called Caucasians living in and round their at that the time ! .
      Mount Ararat
      Near the top of Mount Ararat in Turkey, Noah’s ark.
      where the sons of Noah went out from ! is where they we get are our name from Caucus ! .

      1. Allie

        technically Caucus also describes many black people if you look up the correct definition…plus the skin adapts to higher radiation from the sun and becomes darker. They were probably olive skinned, but It really doesn’t matter.

    4. Michael

      Awesome acknowledgement. And you’re right.

    5. Sarah

      You are correct. The Israelites of that time were dark olive skinned, they would have looked very much like the arabs do. Arabs are also descendants from Abraham, like the Israelites. When the Jews were scattered around Europe many married Europeans and thus over time many of them ended up with lighter skin. I suppose that is part of the confusion. Jesus would have been dark olive skin tone with dark brown or black hair and likely brown eyes (though an occasional genetic anomaly is possible). Since I was a child the movies and paintings depicting Jesus as white have greatly bothered me.

    6. Roger

      I never met a “Caucasian” or anyone for that matter who really believed that Jesus was fair skinned or light eyed… people simply portray Jesus in a relatable way, there are Asian Christians who portray Jesus as Asian… so this is a non issue that you are making into an issue unnecessarily.

    7. Robin Hegge

      Way to go Michelle! So many people thing Jesus is a white man like some of the eastern pictures show Him. HE IS NOT!!!!!
      I am a white guy and I have no problem worshiping Jesus.

    8. shsaron

      Thank You for sharing. Its refreshing to hear the truth sometimes in writing. Especially when it comes from someone who has nothing to gain to present the truth. THank You.

    9. Sef

      Well Jesus never proclaimed to be god , but son of god. Jesus no doubt looked like everyone in that region. Point we should take away is that of love. Love for god and love for neighbor and as humanity we are lacking .

  7. Angelo

    Here is what the ancient Israelites looked like according to scripture before all of the white washing/Roman renaissance era. Shalom!!

    -Job had BLACK SKIN Lam 5:10/Job 30:30
    -Children of Israel had DREADLOCKS Isaiah 47:1-2 (Lock=Dreadlock)
    -Bloodline Hebrews /Descendants of ALL 12 TRIBES (Not just Judah/Jews as the letter J is only 500 years old and the gentile Jews off today converted in the 7th century because of king Bulan/documented history) Deuteronomy 28:48 & 68 (Transalantic Slave Trade/Southern Tribes scattered to the Americas & the to the 4 corners of the earth)
    -10 Northern Tribes ARE STILL IN AFRICA TODAY Isaiah 11:11-
    -SONG OF SOLOMON had a BLACK WIFE/ Daughters of Jerusalem were Beautiful Black Women Song of Solomon 1:5-6
    -Original Arabs had BLACK SKIN Gen 25:13/Song of Solomon 1:15
    -Moses married a Ethopian/AFRICAN woman Exodus 4:18-26, Numbers 12:1 Zipporah was a Cushite/ Ethiopian/Beautiful Black African Woman
    -The Nazarite Vow included both men & women with dreadlocks before shaving there heads to make the vow complete. Numbers 6:5
    -Paul was mistaken as an Egyptian Acts 21:37-39
    -1st generation people of faith were BLACK PEOPLE Acts 11:26/Acts 13:1
    -Simon called Niger Luke 23:26

    1. Nathan Malone

      Job was not an Israelite. Famines are temporary, so if their skinned darkened due to the hot sun during a famine, that means it wasn’t dark before it, and possibly after it. Isaiah 47:1-2 says nothing about locks. Just because Israelites were slaves doesn’t make them black. Israel that were scattered and lost are in Africa and will likely have dark skin, but also went north-west, and shall come from the north countries from Israel, e.g. the Caucasus, Russia, Europe (north east), and Scandinavia. There will be dark skinned and fair skinned Israelites because skin colour means nothing to the Lord. Skin colour changes over centuries. Those in hot climates will be dark and those in cold climates will be fair. In Songs of Solomon the dark skinned woman was dark because she worked outdoors in the vineyard and was unlike other Israelites for she asked that her skin colour not be despised by other Israelites. Locks of hair are not dreadlocks. As for Paul being mistaken for an Egyptian, in his days Egypt had been occupied by Greeks with the reign of the Ptolemies for a few centuries before his day.

      1. Franklin Lutschweitzer

        Job was suffering from sickness and he was a servant of The Most High. No heathens were identified as faithful servants of The Most High in the Holy Scriptures. But back to the skin issue. When Brown skinned people are sick or suffering from famine their skin goes in to a condition called hyperpigmentation this is common among the African race of people when they exhibit grave sickiness. I’m surprised people don’t get this. reading the text of job and lamentations I see this clearly and as a former missionary in Africa I’d see it all the time in many villages where there was sickness of famine.

    2. D

      You should read the scriptures you posted again. Lamentations 5:10 is about the skin feeling hot and being black like an oven because of a famine.Job 30:30, skin is black, bones are burning. Again, because of a famine the skin was turning black and was feverish. Plagues cause the skin to turn black. Locks does not mean dreadlocks. Locks is hair in multiple verses in the Bible talks about hair that’s like wool, black like a raven. 1 Timothy 2:9 says “not braided”…
      I’ll let you figure out the rest

  8. Jason Dunham

    My research is coming up the Israelites had usually blue eyes and blonde/red hair. Even the oldest mummies all over this planet are of the same description.

  9. Yishai

    It is quite easy to know how the Israelites looked in the beginning because Samaritans split off from Am Israel 2,500 years ago and only married each other up until modern day, they still reside in Israel and still look like white, Near Eastern Jews
    Us Jews tho are mostly mixed but Jews are a bloodline not a race

  10. aajayunlimited

    What about Judah?

    1. Jason Dunham

      Yes there are black Israelites. Few and far between that carry the rh-blood that the nordics passed thru assimilation

  11. Bob

    The Song of Solomon describes Solomon, a Hebrew King.

    Song of Solomon 5:10–16
    The Bride Praises Her Beloved
    10  My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
    distinguished among ten thousand.
    11  His head is the finest gold;
    his locks are wavy,
    black as a raven.
    12  His eyes are like doves
    beside streams of water,
    bathed in milk,
    sitting beside a full pool.1
    13  His cheeks are like beds of spices,
    mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.
    His lips are lilies,
    dripping liquid myrrh.
    14  His arms are rods of gold,
    set with jewels.
    His body is polished ivory,2
    bedecked with sapphires.3
    15  His legs are alabaster columns,
    set on bases of gold.
    His appearance is like Lebanon,
    choice as the cedars.
    16  His mouth is most sweet,
    and he is altogether desirable.
    This is my beloved and the his is my friend,
    O daughters of Jerusalem.

    Ruddy: red , locks wavy, eyes like streams of water:blue , bathed in milk:white , polished ivory:white , sapphires:blue , alabaster: white , appearance like Lebanon: Lebanon means white.

  12. Johny Bgood

    The Bible’s description of what King Solomon, a Hebrew looked like:

    Song of Solomon 5:10–16
    The Bride Praises Her Beloved
    10  My beloved is radiant and ruddy,
    distinguished among ten thousand.
    11  His head is the finest gold;
    his locks are wavy,
    black as a raven.
    12  His eyes are like doves
    beside streams of water,
    bathed in milk,
    sitting beside a full pool.1
    13  His cheeks are like beds of spices,
    mounds of sweet-smelling herbs.
    His lips are lilies,
    dripping liquid myrrh.
    14  His arms are rods of gold,
    set with jewels.
    His body is polished ivory,2
    bedecked with sapphires.3
    15  His legs are alabaster columns,
    set on bases of gold.
    His appearance is like Lebanon,
    choice as the cedars.
    16  His mouth is most sweet,
    and he is altogether desirable.
    This is my beloved and the his is my friend,
    O daughters of Jerusalem.

    rudy: meaning red ; ivory: white; sapphires: blue; streams of water: blue; alabaster: White; Lebanon: means white.

    -God Bless

    1. Yishai

      Remember, Jacob/Israel married his two first cousins, from his uncle Lavan, Lavan meaning white



  14. Kevin

    Um. Ancient israelites were black. Negroes are the REAL hebrews of the bible. The curses of deuteronomy fit nobody else but the negro race. Evidence is all in the bible… KING TUT’S mummy has black skin… google it.

    Rev 2:9 TELLS you that the jews in israel today are not the actual jews — but they are the blasphemous synagogue of satan.

    Stop spreading false teachings, you have been warned.

    All of Israel will be saved — All of EDOM will be DESTROYED.

    click the link below for prood (from ex-egyptian president) that the TRUE hebrews of the bible are BLACK PEOPLE.




    1. juan waun

      shalom Ahch thank you for spreading this truth!!!!!

    2. Dale

      The bible does not say what color Jesus was, so it did not matter to God. We do think Adam was red, earthtone, Eve was white, bonetone.

      1. Elder Steven Avery

        a course not. The European translations aren’t old enough.

    3. Matheus Andrade Rodrigues

      YOU should STOP spreading this absurd.

      You are a real liar! You even changed the text of revelation! This is an absurd.

      I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. Rev 2:9

      This message is for the Church of Smyrna, made by JEWS. The church of Smyrna was very persecuted by non-christian jews. But Jesus is conforting them, saiying that only they are the true sons of Abraham.

      “Even so Abraham believed God, and it was reckoned to him as righteousness. Therefore, be sure that it is those who are of faith who are sons of Abraham. The Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the nations (Gentiles) will be blessed through you.”” (Galatians 3:7)

      Paul is reading the words of God’s promise to Abraham to say that He would bless the goyim, (meaning both “nations” and “Gentiles”) through him. He is pointing out that God’s blessings are not just for the Jews, those who become circumcised and obey the Torah, but also for the Gentiles of the world. Interestingly, when God told Abraham this, he was still a Gentile himself! From this fact, Paul can conclude that Gentile believers in God are true sons of Abraham. He says,

      And if you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham’s descendants, heirs according to promise. (Galations. 3:29).

      But Jesus is NOT saiying that the people of Smyrna aren’t genetically jews. He was saiying that they aren’t the spiritual sons of Abraham.

      1. brittany

        Jeremiah 35:11 is what that passage in Rev is referring to. He letting you know that he knows the kenites were mixed into the house of Judah. And he allowed it to teach us a lesson that even they listen to their father but many don’t listen to him. They wouldn’t partake because of the curse of cain in gen 4:12. Which it repeats it in Jeremiah 35. In fact at that time Jews did enter into thehouse of Judah that were not all Jew.

    4. Matheus Andrade Rodrigues

      You should love YOUR OWN culture and respect the culture that doesn’t belong to your people.

      Stop this nonsense “jews are not true descendants of Israel”
      we have the DNA test that proves: The jewish comunities of Ashkenazim, Sephardim and Mizrahim share strong genetic bonds. The community of Arzebaijan is from 500 BEFORE Christ (exiled from Babylon!) and they share strong bonds with the sephardim from Portugal, Morocco, Spain, etc, and with Ashkenazim from Poland and Mizrahim from Iraq and Iran.

      We have linguistics proofs. Sephardic jews speaks ladino (spanish + hebrew + arabic), ashkenazim speask yiddish (hebrew+german+eastern europe languages). The people of Africa don’t speak languages from semitic branches (only the languages from the region of Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia and Lybia, closer to Israel).

      They were persecuted during medieval ages, renaissance, modern ages… they doesn’t appeared recently.

      A good example is the Romaniotes comunitie from Greece. They are a separated branch, not Ashkenazim, not Sephardim, not Mizrahim. And they have genetic bonds with them. We have the Mountain Jews from Caucasus, they all share higher bonds with other jewish groups than with the local groups.

      The non-jewish groups that have most close genetic relationship with jews are: Italian, Iberian, Greek, and Palestinian. Which is right according to history.

      We have the DNA, and your opinion doesn’t matter. This is history and biology.

      Some articles about the links between jewish groups and middle eastern like Syrians and Palestinians

      Abraham’s Children in the Genome Era: Major Jewish Diaspora Populations Comprise Distinct Genetic Clusters with Shared Middle Eastern Ancestry

      studies show that Jews and palestinians are both descendants of the ancient israelite people

      Sorry for my terrible english. I am Brazilian, and I have jewish blood from my ancestors. I will not let anyone destroy my heritage with lies.

      1. John Ford

        Thank you for your post. It has provided me a wealth of information which coincides with my DNA results.

    5. Allie

      King Tut isn’t Hebrew…calling Israeli people the “blasphemous synagogue of Satan” is not very Christ-like or accurate.

  15. Craig

    Beimg a Hebrew or Jew wasn’t a race it was a religion and didn’t require you to be any race. They were of every race, even scriptures told that a multitude of many people of many nations joined the Isrealities in the Exodus.






    http://www.agapebiblestudy.com/documents/Jesus_What did He look like .htm


    1. sean

      there are some Israelites according to the flesh walking around called African Americans.

  16. Abagail

    Shalom! Ma Nishma? How did ancient Israelites take care of their teeth with Natural Holistic methods? What did they do to prevent tooth decay? And can you recommend a website that has this type of research information? Your help would be most deeply appreciated. In advance, Toda Robah! Ani Ahavah & Shaalu Shalom Yerushayliem Yisrael, The Capitol Of Israel Forever, Home of My Heart!

    1. Tierra

      I read Weston A Price’s book about how isolated indigenous cultures prevented tooth decay. To make a long story short they ate food rich in Vitamin K2 also known as Activator X. This vitamin is found in the fat of meat and milk from grass eating animals and most wildlife. Their diet probably had higher amount of bone forming minerals and vitamins like vitamin D and vitamin A.

  17. David

    The Ivri/Hebrews of the Bible are black, the book itself confirms this.

    1. John Shores

      David; where in the bible (new testament or old { five books of Moses} did you find a reference to color of people?

      1. Seg Event Tickets (@seg3d)

        I can answer that easily, Song of Solomon 1:5-6, Exodus 4:6, Revelation 1:15, Leviticus 13:3

        1. Frances Ball

          The color of the Israelite’s skin is truly not of importance, most of the bible does not refer to a persons color and there are few descriptions of people by color of skin, which might lead one to believe that perhaps God doesn’t see humanity by the color of our skin as being important. There is much dispute as to the color of Jesus skin, his mother being an Galilean, Jewish Israelite from Nazareth could have had any color skin because Nazareth was many different peoples of many colors and Jesus’s father was God who is and was and ever will be, God is all light not a color at all and I don’t think God cares what color we assign to his son our Savior, Jesus Christ.
          I think that too much of the world is bent on who is the best color and is searching for any kind of confirmation of their value based on the color of their skin. Even to the degree that people who are seeking to find the origins of humanity so the can claim that whatever color original man was is best.
          Your skin color cannot, will not, does not determine the destiny of your soul.

          Not to tear holes in your answer and implication of the color of the people in the bible, but

          Song of songs 1, which is Solomon’s is the brides confession of love for her betrothed in the first 7 scriptures, so the self description “I am dark but lovely” and “Do not gaze at me because I am dark” are from the perspective of the Bride, she even identifies herself and explains why she is dark and that she is lovely in spite of it as if more fair skin would be more desirable. 8-11 is his response to her 12-14 is her, you can see from whose perspective each part is being sung or was written, further down this page where it is broken down.

          As for Exodus 4:6
          If my hand were to be become white like snow then be restored to the same of the rest of my skin, one could clearly see the difference as “white” people are not actually white like snow, they are shades of pink to gold, tan, beige even bone which is still not white like snow and if I spend much time in the sun my skin is from tan to red or ruddy.

          Rev 1:14-16
          14 The hairs of his head were white, like white wool, like snow
          (anyone of any age or color could have white hair, this part cannot be used to determine his race)
          His eyes were like a flame of fire,
          (one could think he is referring to blue as the hotter a fire, it becomes blue but he could mean orange or red or even perhaps white)
          15 his feet were like burnished bronze, refined in a furnace,
          (Burnish definition is – to make shiny or lustrous or polished, it does not mean burned or blackened or darker, it means brighter. Since Bronze is made of copper which is best described as orange, and tin, which is silver and sometimes other metals which are also often silver in color such as lead, manganese, aluminum or nickle, Bronze is from gold to light brown unless it has become tarnished which would not be like what is described above. When metal or metallic elements are refined in fire or a furnace, they become more bright or lighter in color than they were originally as the tarnish and impurities are burned away and you are left with the brighter refined product.)

          Allow me to suggest Song of Solomon 5:10-16,
          You can read this in the first few comments on this page but the description breaks down to
          Ruddy: red , locks-hair wavy and black, eyes like streams of water:blue and bathed in milk:white or his eyes are light blue, his head, arms and feet are gold, possibly because they are exposed to the sun and have become a golden tan, more than the rest of his body which is described as polished ivory:white , alabaster:white)

          Now Leviticus, but lets drop down to 14
          14 But when raw flesh appears on him, he shall be unclean. 15 And the priest shall examine the raw flesh and pronounce him unclean. Raw flesh is unclean, for it is a leprous disease. 16 But if the raw flesh recovers and turns white again, then he shall come to the priest, 17 and the priest shall examine him, and if the disease has turned white, then the priest shall pronounce the diseased person clean; he is clean.
          (It is difficult to determine what color the people were that are being referred to since this is not about a persons skin color parse, it is about Leprosy and how to identify it.)
          and his voice was like the roar of many waters. 16 In his right hand he held seven stars, from his mouth came a sharp two-edged sword, and this face was like the sun shining in full strength.
          (regarding his face is like the sun shining, I would take this to mean bright like the sun and very difficult to maintain looking at, but not as a color such a yellow that many convey the sun as.)

          1 The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s.
          (This is a song written for Solomon by his Bride)
          2 Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth!
          For your love is better than wine;
          (if it were not from the perspective of having been written by his bride, one might believe the author, which you indicate is Solomon, was attracted to men)
          3 your anointing oils are fragrant;
          your name is oil poured out;
          therefore virgins love you.
          4 Draw me after you; let us run.
          The king has brought me into his chambers.

          We will exult and rejoice in you;
          we will extol your love more than wine;
          rightly do they love you.

          5 I am very dark, but lovely,
          O daughters of Jerusalem,
          like the tents of Kedar,
          like the curtains of Solomon.
          6 Do not gaze at me because I am dark,
          because the sun has looked upon me.
          My mother’s sons were angry with me;
          they made me keeper of the vineyards,
          but my own vineyard I have not kept!
          (This part here indicates that her brothers did not like her or were angry with her so they made her work the vineyards and because she was outside all day and in the sun, her skin, not otherwise dark was darkened by prolonged exposure to the sun. She is explaining why she has dark skin and that she is lovely in spite of the color of her skin)
          7 Tell me, you whom my soul loves,
          where you pasture your flock,
          where you make it lie down at noon;
          for why should I be like one who veils herself
          beside the flocks of your companions?
          (Very clearly the author here is female as she refers to herself as such)

          (this is Solomon to his bride)
          8 If you do not know,
          O most beautiful among women,
          follow in the tracks of the flock,
          and pasture your young goats
          beside the shepherds’ tents.

          9 I compare you, my love,
          to a mare among Pharaoh’s chariots.
          10 Your cheeks are lovely with ornaments,
          your neck with strings of jewels.

          11 We will make for you[b] ornaments of gold,
          studded with silver.

          12 While the king was on his couch,
          my nard gave forth its fragrance.
          13 My beloved is to me a sachet of myrrh
          that lies between my breasts.
          14 My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms
          in the vineyards of Engedi.

          15 Behold, you are beautiful, my love;
          behold, you are beautiful;
          your eyes are doves.
          16 Behold, you are beautiful, my beloved, truly delightful.
          Our couch is green;
          17 the beams of our house are cedar;
          our rafters are pine.

          2:1 I am a rose[c] of Sharon,
          a lily of the valleys.
          2 As a lily among brambles,
          so is my love among the young women.
          (A Lily among brambles would stand out as rare or special so her love for him is special in comparison to all the other young women)
          3 As an apple tree among the trees of the forest,
          so is my beloved among the young men.
          With great delight I sat in his shadow,
          and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
          4 He brought me to the banqueting house,[d]
          and his banner over me was love.
          5 Sustain me with raisins;
          refresh me with apples,
          for I am sick with love.
          6 His left hand is under my head,
          and his right hand embraces me!
          7 I adjure you,[e] O daughters of Jerusalem,
          by the gazelles or the doves of the field,
          that you not stir up or awaken love
          until it pleases.
          8 The voice of my beloved!
          Behold, he comes,
          leaping over the mountains,
          bounding over the hills.
          9 My beloved is like a gazelle
          or a young stag.
          Behold, there he stands
          behind our wall,
          gazing through the windows,
          looking through the lattice.
          10 My beloved speaks and says to me:
          “Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
          and come away,
          11 for behold, the winter is past;
          the rain is over and gone.
          12 The flowers appear on the earth,
          the time of singing[f] has come,
          and the voice of the turtledove
          is heard in our land.
          13 The fig tree ripens its figs,
          and the vines are in blossom;
          they give forth fragrance.
          Arise, my love, my beautiful one,
          and come away.
          14 O my dove, in the clefts of the rock,
          in the crannies of the cliff,
          let me see your face,
          let me hear your voice,
          for your voice is sweet,
          and your face is lovely.
          15 Catch the foxes[g] for us,
          the little foxes
          that spoil the vineyards,
          for our vineyards are in blossom.”
          16 My beloved is mine, and I am his;
          he grazes[h] among the lilies.
          17 Until the day breathes
          and the shadows flee,
          turn, my beloved, be like a gazelle
          or a young stag on cleft mountains.[i] the

  18. Breon Israel

    Jeremiah 14:2 JEWS ARE BLACK

    1. John Shores

      How do you know this?

    2. Dale

      Adam was red, earthtone, eve was white, bone tone!

  19. Dee

    Very, very few.

  20. Ton

    Hebrews were thought to be Africans (Egyptians) in the bible… Case closed.

  21. Bob Berry

    Noah was an albino he scared his father when he was born, his father ran to his father to describe his strange son. White, red beautiful eyes and speaking to the creator. Lamech thought he was the offspring of the fallen angels telling his father Noah does not look like us he was truly disturbed at Noah’ s look. If white skin does not look like us” then what does us look like. The fallen were evil doing evil on the earth we know that they were white Lamech was scared, an albino would be remindful of the fallen.

    1. CARlton jones

      Agree with sum of the outformation you mentioned on here.
      So how did albinizm get into the genez of blacks in order 4 Noah to have albinizm??
      Do u believe the white race came about through esau??
      f so what waz the genetic defect that cauzed esau to come out white, stringy hair and all??
      Thank u.

  22. Bob Berry

    There are quite a few murals depicting black Hebrews with the braids like they are styled today nappy hair, nappy beards and cornrows being exiled by Assyria and babylonians why deny it. Red is not white, red is someone like Steph Curry and you know it and his hair is tight and nappy with that reddish skin. And you call him black also you all know it. Quit lying to yourself live a righteous life and show yourself approved.

  23. Bob Berry

    The picture of the bearded afro Semites entering Egypt is a fraudulent deception. I saw the original and the people are dark, very dark brown these lightened versions you show, shock me and you display them as actual knowing they’re lightened whitewashed why why why? Why not show the originals? With the very dark skin if color doesn’t matter? Shame on you. The paintings are old and still retain very dark color so new they were very very very dark. People have seen the originals you know. Dark skinned people with afro what is so scary about that?

    1. al

      He who has the power of the pen, has the power to control knowledge.

    2. Ak

      Can you provide links to these “original” depictions and how do your know they are the originals? Thx

  24. Seathrún Mac Éin

    The main reasons for the variety of physical appearance among Jews today are fairly obvious. (Perhaps you did not specifically mention them because they are so obvious.) First is intermarriage with Gentiles; second, Gentiles converting to Judaism; and third is rape by alien conquerors or anti-Semites; fourth is seduction either of a Jewish woman by a Gentile man or, occasionally, of a Gentile woman by a Jew. No matter how Jewish the descendants might be in religious terms, this would not obscure the mixture of genes causing some of them to have a distinctly Gentile appearance.
    It is well known that the Rabbis normally define a Jew – other than converts to Judaism – as the son of a Jewish woman. I understand that this ruling dates from a discussion between mediaeval Jewish Rabbis where one Rabbi present asked “How do we know that we ourselves are not descended from the Roman soldiers who raped the maidens of Zion at the siege of Jerusalem?” As a result, it seems to have been arrived at to protect innocent Jewish women.
    Further, it should be clear that the range of genetic factors among modern Jews has had advantages. Some of the Jews who survived the Holocaust and other pogroms did so because of their distinctly Gentile appearance. In addition, a Gentile appearance must have helped many Jewish journalists and researchers to obtain vital information. Lastly, the fact that there are Jews of so many “racial” types has been of benefit to Israeli intelligence gathering: black Jews, presumably of Ethiopian origin, are known to have entered Uganda temporarily to assist in the planning of the Entebbe rescue of Jewish hostages held captive by Palestinian hijackers who were favoured by dictator Idi Amin!

  25. Al Wheeler

    Israelites were often mistaken for Egyptians and Ethiopians: Joseph, Moses, and Paul certainly were thought to be Egyptians, and Egyptians were dark skinned people according to the Bible. When the Romans destroyed Jerusalem where did the Jews flee to? Where did Joseph, Mary, and Jesus flee to when Herod sought to kill Jesus? Several tribes in Africa proclaim their Hebrew Israelite heritage ( the Lemba, etc.) Revelation 2:9; 3:9?

    1. Kahvyn Zaire

      We are left w/one conclusion, regarding the color of ancient Hebrews__ they had to be dark skinned!! Though Hollywood’s depictions of many (if not all) biblical characters: Moses, Paul, Adam, Solomon and Jesus are ALWAYS transformed from their native beginnings to a more acceptable/profitable hue. Which suggests that this rendition of history was compromised! Why else in the face of common sense, logic and regional sensibilities can Hollywood promote this inconsistency?

      1. Steven

        Black Race are from Ethiopia bud. Not Israel. The 13 1/2 tribes of Israel migrated through Europe and USA puritans were Tribes of Ephraim, Dan etc.. British in Hebrew translation Brit = Covenant Ish =peoples. Their is a Reason they have Kings of England just like the Kings of Israel.

  26. Ron Elison

    The New Testament says the Apostle Paul was mistaken as being an Egyptian. Acts 21:38

  27. WM

    What color is an olive?

  28. K. B.

    Good evening. You mentioned only the judahites in exile, someone else in the comment mention ebo tribe,yet you seem dead set to not mention the so called African Americans(Judah), the native Americans ( Gadites) or Jamaicans(benjamites). And Paul was a Gentile.Come on, we all know who we are now
    The guys with the funny beard/hats are russian (kazarian)
    It is not good to know that gentiles came into the fold because of the children’s disobedience only to be further kept from their identity

  29. Robert Russell

    Israel was a wayfarers pit stop and all types of people passed through the area so you would have every type of person with wide range of looks but for the Jews specifically they would be subjected to tradition and the law. The law of Moses is what makes up Jewish life not what the world would consider stylish of the period. Jesus would be Short, dark skinned or olive, Short to medium hair that would be dark brown and thick. Not too many barbers around and being a poor carpenter dress very basic but being a Jewish man wear a Kippah or some head covering at all times because of the law of covering the head. He would also wear Talit Katan (Small Talit) Zitzit or Fringes as that is required of men. Prayer three times a day, eat only what is deemed kosher and observe rituals. And During the last supper which was a Passover Seder by the way, there would be no Bread!!! (Festival of un-leaven bread – just flat flour and water cooked rapid fashion for the haste of escaping Egypt) So in kind he would not be this tall handsome Blue eyed Blond haired dude you see in every Christian book store in the US!

  30. Daphna Oren

    Does this review cover the whole of evidence of facial hair among the Israelites in Tanach? How do the rabbis treat it in the Talmud and agada? I once sat on an El Al flight next to a delightful 20-year old haredi yeshiva student (he did not object to sitting next to a woman, perhaps because he was 30 years my junior) and he said that facial hair was optional, but generally more chosen than not. Did facial communicate any specific idea or understanding among the Israelites? Thanks for a very interesting piece!

  31. asil

    Who cares about the color of their skin. I can’t believe people waste their brain cells with this nonsense. Ask god to reveal himself and Jesus Christ and if you really have faith as small as a mustard seed you will get your answer.

    1. Ann Mcknight

      Asil,It do indeed matter,Negroes History was stolen by Another Race of people,That created their own Blood Line of The Khazar Jews,Zionist.The most Evil set of people that hate all Negroes,Its not nonsense,Truth of the matter these White Khazars are Owners of Record Companies,Run the Media,Control Banking System.Whom own most of the torn down Apartments in New York overcharge Blacks,Latinos,Infected with rats and bugs,Its not a Waste knowing the Truth,They teach False Doctrine,God tell us in his word,They are the Children of the Devil.

  32. servant

    It’s not a skin problem , it’s a sin problem . Jesus says , whomsoever will . that means any body and every body . repent .

  33. Yoav Yahanan Yahsharalah

    I believe that the ancient hebrews are a race of black people. Similar to the ancient Egyptian people in appearance. For the ancient Egyptian people were definitely black and many Hebrews were mistaken to be Egyptian. Could this be possible?

    1. Jonathan Lipnick

      It is of course possible, but you need to be careful. The ruling class of ancient Egyptians did not actually have black skin. This is visible in tomb paintings which contrast the light brown skinned Egyptian masters with the dark skinned slaves brought from Nubia. Most likely the Israelites were similarly brown skinned or even lighter olive skinned, as seen in the Beni Hassan tomb.

      1. Justin

        In Song of Solomon 1:5, Solomon States he is Black and comely. In the hebrew that word is Qadar which means dark-skinned. There is no so such thing as a “black” person, nor is there anything as a “white” person. You have different shades of brown and different shades of Red. the Israelites are light to dark brown nation of people just like the so called negroes are today

      2. CHARLES Cheshvan Sias

        You are wrong , Egypt was under several Dynasties the early one’s 1st 2nd 3rd. Where very dark and so on. Egypt was concord several times, like the Americans. It’s the same old story what did the President of Egypt say. YOU LEFT BLACK AND CAME BACK WHITE. All over Africa everyone knows the answer to this easy question. It is in front of your face. And the truth does Matter

      3. Nehemiah

        Egypt was African settled by Ham’s son Mizraim and will always be black. GOD has made it clear it will be returned to them but they will remain base people. Eze 29:14. The inhabitants presently in Egypt are Arabs, like the present day fake jews in Israel, they stole another nations identity. All Europeans do is lie, we can read now.

        1. Steven

          Then why doesn’t any black race in Africa speak Hebrew? It’s simple. They are not hebrews.

      4. Richard

        there are also kings with black skin and wide noses. why does black people outside of subsaharan Africa always have to be slaves?

    2. rick

      true the apostle Paul was mistaken for an Egyptian by a Roman guard.

      1. Ann Mcknight

        How about Joseph he was the Governor of Egypt sold by his brothers,Moses,King Solomon.I’am studying researching the German Rhineland Bastards,Killed by French,Germany,Millions that were fathered by Africans Negroes,and German White Woman.Forgotten and Hidden Black Holocaust of the Rhineland Bastards.They have overlook for years,only reveal Nazi Holocaust.

  34. Max Amaya

    Also what color was King David the Bible says red has an Arab would be. Correct me if I’m wrong but I believe red and black are two different colors. Also what color was Adam the Bible says red study the Hebrew. Also what color was Esau the Bible says red. Not red as in cherry red but red as in the color of an animal which is Brown as an Arab. Example if you tell me I saw a red cow . I don’t expect it to be cherry red but I expected to be dark brown.

    1. Steven

      Red is Red. Not Brown. Lol

    2. Seg Event Tickets (@seg3d)

      King David was not red like the white man, he was what we Black people call a “Redbone” in our race. A light skinned black person. Kind of reddish colored. His son was King Solomon. Read Song of Solomon 1:5-6, he tells you in plain language what color he was…

  35. Max Amaya

    Rev 3: 13 is describing the color of his hair his head WHITE like wool what color is wool? White his hair WHITE like wool and also WHITE as snow. WHITE is a symbol of purity have you ever seen pure wool? WHITE have you ever seen pure snow ? WHITE. … By the way Arabic people call father Abraham father through flesh and they have Jesus in their blood line as well. Remember Genesis chapter 10 speaks of Father Abraham he is somatic from the land of or of the Chaldeans Iraq and besides that if you don’t follow the Torah with spirit you are none of his.

  36. ERB (@BibleTard)

    That’s his glorified body being spoken of in Revelation, not his human fleshly body and brass looks more golden than it is black especially when molten or heated, but that’s already been mentioned.

    Why disregard the physical evidence that the people who claim to be Jewish are in fact Jewish to some extent?

  37. ERB (@BibleTard)

    That’s his glorified body being spoken of in Revelation, not his human fleshly body and brass looks more golden than it is black especially when molten or heated.

  38. Michael Carter

    It’s unfortunate that things are often taken out of context. But the reality is this. the images we are presented with today of what we think of as Middle Eastern, is a result of the conquest of Egypt from the original inhabitants who were black.

    It’s like pulling up a picture of Americans. What you see today is a mixture of peoples. Not that of the indigenous black skinned Indians who were wiped out as a result of geneside.

    There were two major invaions of Jeruselem. The Assyrian Invasion and the Roman Invasion of 70 CE. Each drove the original Jews west into Africa, the land of Ham who was also a black man.



  39. Chris Fields

    Have you ever seen brass burning in a furnace? It’s not black.
    Know who else has bronze skin?
    The descendents of Ishmael arabic, Palestinian etc…which makes sense seeing as how they are descended from Avraham who was from ur…They also tend to have very thick hair as well.
    Some israelites may very well have been black but likely only after mixing with some of the other people such as in Egypt.

    1. lestee

      The indigenous people of what you call Palestine were black. But to understand or accept that, you will have to come to the realization that Palestine/Israel is actually north east Africa. It was and is the Land of Ham. That land the colonizers called Palestine is the same land the bible calls Canaan. Canaan was a son of Ham, the progenitor of the dark races, not the negroes according to Zondervan’s bible dictionary. Those ancient hebrews were all people with melanin in there skin to protect them from the sun. Same with the people of Ur where our forefather Abraham came from. Nimrod, the first ruler over the people back then was the Grandson of Ham. There were no white people in the land until Esau and he married a Cushite or Nubian woman. So even his first offsprings had melanin. They all had melanin or were dark skinned people.

      1. Ann Mcknight

        Thank You.

      2. Aweb

        You’re exactly right!!

      3. Steven

        That’s why YAH commanded Israel not to Mix with the Cannanite peoples because they were cursed

  40. LP

    The messiah was not the so called black man. He was middle eastern, not even remotely the same. There are too many biblical references that give clues to the typical Israelite appearance & also there are numerous tomb paintings in Egypt that depict middle eastern Israelites.

  41. David

    Rev 1:13-15 reads in Aramaic NT. and, in the midst of the menorahs, one like the Son of man, clothed to the feet, and turned about in a robe reaching down to the feet with a girdle of gold. 14. And his head and his hair were white, like white wool, like snow and his eyes, like flames of fire : 15. and his feet like fine brass, flaming in a furnace: and his voice, like the sound of many waters.

    fine brass is yellow. burnished brass is yellow with blackish high lights. flaming brass is a yellow glowing metal. when cooled it is yellow.

    Does not sound like a black man to me.

    1. Santonia Tyson

      what does burnt brass look like because that is the description given. and if you need more proof read song of solomon 1:4-5…..and use a concordance if you like to define the hebrew word shakur……………it means black not in feelings or emotions, not in some mental state……its his skin color. the shu or shemarians were called SA.GA.GI….THE BLACK FACE OR HEADED ONES. NOW THIS IS WHAT GONA MAKE WHITY SHIT HIMSELF…………….YOUR GREEK GOD JESUS SAID HE CAME FROM THE LINE OF ……………………………………………………………………………………DAVID…………………………..WELL SO DID SOLOMON! WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOUVE SEEN 2WHITE PEOPLE MAKE BLACK PEOPLE? 2BLACK PEOPLE CAN MAKE VERY REAL WHITE PEOPLE! YOUR HISTORY LIES…..AS WELL AS YOUR RELIGIONS……..ALL DISTORTIONS OF THE REAL TRUTH OF THE PEOPLE WHO REALLY INHABITED THIS ROCK. EVEN AS YOUVE STOLE OUR ARTIFACTS AND CLAIMED IT AS YOUR OWN………….EVEN AS YOU DESTROY RELICS OF OUR PAST…………..ALONG WITH AFRICANS THAT YOU CONVINCED MOST OF US WE ARE, SOME OF US HAVE AWAKEN.

      1. Steven

        Too bad solng of Solomon states he was Red & white as Ivory

    2. Veronica

      The scripture says “burnished BRONZE”…..Not Brass.

  42. David DuPratt

    The people of the levant area looked like a melting pot of many different races.Most men other than Greeks and Romans wore beards.

  43. Ducharme Williams

    The Hebrews in the picture bowing down to king shalmaneser, clearly look like what we would call an African american today lol I ain’t never seen no white Jew with Wooly hair and a flat nose. All the Europeans Jews are converts and came down and destroyed the land before capturing it. Ezk. 38.. I always wondered why Jews weren’t suppose to read the end of the Tora lol because it prohisizes who the the people in israel are today lol, “THE BATTLE OF GOG AND MAGOG”. All of the Gentile nations came in, including Ashkenaz through Gomer, Japeths first born. Strange that 80% of the Jewish population living in Israel claim to be Ashkenazi.. Just connecting the dots freckles????????

    1. rick

      Your are correct, the true Hebrews (Shem) and Japeths non-hebrews descendants( Indo-cauc-Asians aka Europa) Ashkenaz through Gomer were never Semitic people.

    2. Dan

      First of all, Africans and not Americans they are Africans. The people under study were wandering around in Asia and Africa and Europe at the relevant times. Black Africans are definitely not native to North America and neither are any other of these people under discussion. Now, there is very serious authority that argues that the original Jews were black and went from the area of current Israel into East Africa and that there are people today who are black and live as Jews in Africa, especially East Africa. Your suggestion that the original Jews were black is quite possible although the pictures that I have seen suggest that the Egyptians were very dark but the Jews were not. It would be nice to find some authoritative drawings, pictures or whatever of the people from around the time of Jesus to see what they looked like. The available evidence is really scanty and basically makes the matter even more confusing than it is just based on the original documents.

      1. Santonia Tyson



        one question that will shatter, hopefully your blind faith in redemption……………………… if god destroyed the earth and all living creatures due the abomination created via copulation between the elohim and daughters of men, and what these abominations taught mankind, how they devoured mankind………why would he/GOD……ALSO make this folly with a MARRIED WOMAN? THEN AS THE CHILD BECOME MAN ………….HUMAN/BLOOD SACRIFICE HIM………….AS PAYMENT FOR OUR SINS? HE CLEARLY DESPISES HUMAN SACRIFICES TO MOLOCH! BUT THIS IS ACCEPTABLE? IF YOU WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO REALLY READ IT………….YOU’LL DISCOVER THEIR TWO GODS ARE INVOLVED..IN THE OLD TESTAMENT AND VYING .FOR THE LOYALTY OF THE HEBREWS!…………………ONES A SERPENT AND MAKES LOTS OF REFERENCES TO SERPENTS ESPECIALLY WITH MOSES!

        1. Santonia Tyson



          1. central eagles

            @SANTONIA TYSON – thxs, pls comment more!!!

      2. lestee

        I hope you found your evidence because it’s out there. Use your logic and look at the whole picture. When one of the Roman emperors wanted to kill the Messiah, God told Joseph to take the child into Egypt. Why? to hide among the sons of Ham/Mizraim. A white or really light skinned person or persons could not hide in Egypt without being notice. When Jacob died in Egypt, he requested to be buried in his own country. When the funeral procession was observed by the Canaanites, they said, this is a sad day for the EGYPTIANS. Why, because they could not physically distinguish the Egytians, (sons of Ham,) from the Hebrews, (sons of Jacob, son of Isaac, son of Abraham, son of Shem)

        1. central eagles

          @LESTEE – thxs, need more comments!

    3. Aweb

      I wondered the same as well and yes the dots do connect. …….. revelations 2:9

  44. KD

    For those of you searching for the truth its right in the bible. You don’t need all this extra. The bible tells you what the Messiah looks like and IS the king of the Jews. Revelation 1:13-15. He had wooly hair and skin the color of brass burned in a furnace. He was a so called black man. Please read for your self and ask The MosThe High God for understanding.

    Have a blessed day.

    1. e. nicholas

      AMEN KD!!! AMEN!!!!

    2. martitrue

      brass, not coal

      1. Michael Swanigan

        And what color is brass. It’s brown. And what color is brass when you through it in a fire. It becomes very dark.

        1. Allie

          It becomes light actually. Not white, but more of a yellow, tan-ish color.

    3. Ann Mcknight

      Well Put.

  45. ana babin

    hi, i had a ukraninan bible showing the anciet israelites. there the ancient israelites wore colourful robes of many colours that were loose, with fancy beautiful sandles. they all had long hair. sometimes they levitated in the air. they had hair colours of all kinds and skin types of all kinds as well as eye colour. it is an old bible. women wore make up and pierced their ears and noses as much as possible. they loved jewellery. the had little pots of make up that they put henna in for their lips. they sometiems wore loose pants instead of loose robes. i gave away this book though. the modern jews are nothing like the ancient israelites. they also never had slaves. never. it was uncommon. i don’t know where the slave myth came from. everyone lived with lots of animals in their farm and covered their heads. the women loved rings and bracelets. they also had ankle bracelets. men wore colourful clothes as well. they were basically peasants. they wanted to be strong. childhood was considered a time to survive. people lived long, until the ages of 120. they drank grape juice instead of wine. they used herbal remedies instead of chemistry to help themselves with their illnesses (see mary magdalene). i have old herbal remedy books at home. anything was not permited. this was a sign of prostitution. tattoos were also not permited, except henna. i went to a private religious school and this is what they taught us.

  46. Maria Cecilia Arango

    Jonathan, thanks.

    I am one of your students of Exploring the Biblical Land of Israel.

    So at the end, Jesus could have be:

    -Dark wavy hair,
    -Olive complexion
    -Beard (may be not long because he was not a priest, but a carpenter, a craftsmen), as it is shown in the Egyptian fresco.
    -Large eyes
    -Quite large nose

    Is there any apocryphal text that describes Jesus?

    It would be too much ¿isn’t it?

    1. Robert Russell

      The large nose comes across as anti-Semitic. Jews from Israel are know as Sephardic and have darker complexion, short in stature and small noses most of the time. European Jews are Ashkenazi from Russia and eastern Europe. (They have large noses sometimes because of the region but not always) The whole nose thing goes back to Nazi Germany degrading Jews and should be avoided because it is very anti-Semitic!

      1. Dan

        I get that but we are looking for the truth whether or not it is flattering. Once you infect your research with fears of being anti-semitic or anything else like that you poison the result. You must focus on the truth and follow it wherever it goes. Then you can be confident in your results.

  47. Maxcine Zapata

    Hello johnathan, you may like to check out Just Genesis index of topics by Alice C. Linsley you will find this VERY informative, she is a biblical anthropologist and archaeologist for 30 yrs.Take a look.

  48. Ilya Gromov

    Great post! But regarding the appearance of St. Paul – you conclude that his beard must have been so obvious so there was no need to mention it. I was wondering what other evidence (other than him being a jew) is there to have a beard? He was a roman citizen who grew up in a Hellenistic town and spent much of his time outside of Judea – is it possible that he was beardless?

    1. Jonathan Lipnick

      Thanks for your comment. It is possible but not likely that Paul was clean shaven given that the beard was not only a sign of Jewish identity but also the fashion among Greek intellectuals. Philosophers were known to have long unkempt beards, a sign of their rejection of the material world. These two spheres (Jewish scriptural authority and Greek philosophical methodology) are precisely the ones Paul sought to belong to and so a beard would have made a lot of sense for him.

  49. Anna

    Please send me more teachings,they are wonderful. Thank-you

    1. Jonathan Lipnick

      Thanks for reading!

      1. Amy KANE

        Very interesting. What do you thing about igbos they are judah’s lost tribe

  50. victor mulligan

    Thank You I enjoyed that Oh please dont stop there ive allways been looking to learn and get to know as much as i can about god and the jews have allways been pulled by my lord jesus to care about a nation of peaple Israel all my life wish i could go there but if you will please tell me more. Thank You

    1. Jonathan Lipnick

      So glad you enjoyed the post. I hope I can provide you with more interesting content in the future!

      1. Nguyen Phuoc Minh Tan

        Hi, I come from Viet Nam. I do not really know how exactly the hair of Israel’s man at that time look like. Or did I miss something in the post? Cause’ my english is not so good.
        Im looking forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

    2. Mike

      I wonder why no one mentions DNA? The various Jewish groups, Sephardi, Ashkenazi, Mizrahi are related through Y-DNA that goes back to the Israelite, Aaron, brother of Moses! Also its been proven Palestinians are related to modern Jews! Palestinians (not all) are the descendants of the ancient Jews forced to convert to Islam

      1. cerealbreakfastdowntown

        They are the sons and daughters of Ishmael. This is why they are related.

    3. Robert Russell

      As a devoted Christian, I enjoy the research into ancient history but I have a few critical points to make that every Christian institute seem to get wrong due to bias ignorance!
      First of all stop approaching from a Christian point of view (Get it wrong every time) Why? It is all based from Jewish point of view not the Goyim (Outsiders) The Law of Moses dictate in 613 mitzvoth (Commandments, not to be confused in what we call 10 commandments because they are not 10 commandments but declarations of the law.)The actual commandments dictated through Deuteronomy state a man must not shave five points on his face and no ornamentation. His head must be covered (Man cannot walk five paces uncovered) This symbolizes respect to the creator over us! He must wear Talit Katan with 4 ztizit (Fringes or knotted chords {613 knots}) to obey law of respect to Hashem! On days (Not Sabbath) The prayers 3 times a day (Sharcharit, Mincha and not the evening maariv) He would wear Tefillin on the head and arm to obey law of the Shima (Deut 4 6-9) The life of a Jewish man is about the law not the faith.

      1. central eagles

        @ROBERT RUSSELL – thxs & pls need more comments!!!