I feel the need to say something about this as it really distresses me to hear people talk about something like this and don’t really have a clue what they are saying.
This is what the dictionary say about it:
Noun: hostility to or prejudice against Jews.
Well there is a few things that really does not make a lot of sense here. Let’s get a good look at where this name came from:
This is what the Oxford dictionary say about the word – Semite:
- A member of any of the peoples who speak or spoke a Semitic language, including in particular the Jews and Arabs.
From modern Latin Semita, via late Latin from Greek Sēm ‘Shem’, son of Noah in the Bible, from whom these peoples were traditionally supposed to be descended.
Well, let’s go and have a look at what the bible has to say about it:
Gen 10:1 Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood.
Let’s just skip the other 2 sons for now, and look at the decendants of Shem, since he is the one that is in question at the moment.
Gen 11:10 These are the generations of Shem: Shem was an hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:
Gen 11:11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:12 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:
Gen 11:13 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:
Gen 11:15 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:
Gen 11:17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:
Gen 11:19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:
Gen 11:21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:
Gen 11:23 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:
Gen 11:25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.
Gen 11:26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.
Gen 11:27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.
Gen 11:28 And Haran died before his father Terah in the land of his nativity, in Ur of the Chaldees.
Gen 11:29 And Abram and Nahor took them wives: the name of Abram's wife was Sarai; and the name of Nahor's wife, Milcah, the daughter of Haran, the father of Milcah, and the father of Iscah.
Gen 11:30 But Sarai was barren; she had no child.
Gen 11:31 And Terah took Abram his son, and Lot the son of Haran his son's son, and Sarai his daughter in law, his son Abram's wife; and they went forth with them from Ur of the Chaldees, to go into the land of Canaan; and they came unto Haran, and dwelt there.
Gen 11:32 And the days of Terah were two hundred and five years: and Terah died in Haran.
So if you count the generations from Noah to Abraham, you will see that it is 10 generations. And Noah was a direct descendent from Shem.
Technically all these generations that came from Shem, can be called Semites. That is a whole lot of people and we have not even get to the sons of Jacob yet. For that, there is still 3 generations to come. So at this moment, if someone calls you and anti-Semite, it basically means you are against the whole seed of Shem and even Shem himself.
So let’s continue:
So Abraham had so a lot of children late in his life:
The first one was Ishmael and it is believe that the Arab nations came from this guy. Which makes the Arab nations Semites too.
Gen 16:15 And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram called his son's name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael.
Gen 16:16 And Abram was fourscore and six years old, when Hagar bare Ishmael to Abram.
But Ishmael was not the son of promise, he was send away with a great blessing, but in Isaac will Abraham’s seed be called:
Gen 21:12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called.
Gen 21:13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed.
So Isaac is the eleventh generation from Noah, and by the way, if one study the bible and its generations, one will see that Abraham had contact with Shem. It is believed by scholars that Shem was filled the office of Melchizedek, who was the king of Salem.
And suddenly something strange start to happen.
The bible records that Isaac could not take just any wife, he had to get a specific one from a specific family. There is a great and very good reason for that. I am not going to go into that reasons here, but it was imperative that Isaac got the right wife.
The same basically happen to Jacob also. He went to his uncle and work a long time to get his first 2 wives, like 14 years. That was Rachel and Lea. In the end Jacob had 4 wives and 12 sons. One of those sons were Juda and he became the patriarch of the Judeans. Please note that I am saying Judeans and not Jews.
The name Jew only came into existence after the Babylonian captivity, about 600 years before Christ.
Okay so what is the problem here?
Anti-Semitism cannot just refers to the Jews, that is like throwing away a great many generations of people. It is absolutely crazy. The Judean nation only came into existence 13 generations after Noah. So how is it possible that the Jews of today can claim that anti-Semitism only applies to them? It is nothing short of absurd to think that way. At best they can claim people are Anti-Jewish, at that will refer directly to the generations following the Babylonian captivity, and not even those before the captivity.
Why do I say that? Because it is a well-known fact that by the time of the birth of Jesus the Christ, the Jewish people were inter mingled with Edomite’s, the descendants of Esau. It is also believed that Herod was and Edomite as well as Caiaphas the high priest.
So what is so significant about this? I mean, common Esau was one of the children of Jacob/Israel. The problem is that Esau married 2 Canaanite women, bad blood, really bad blood. And because he did not listen to Isaac and ignored the wishes of God and his father, not to mingle with the Canaanites, the Lord God said that he hated Esau.
Rom 9:10 And not only this; but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by our father Isaac;
Rom 9:11 (For the children being not yet born, neither having done any good or evil, that the purpose of God according to election might stand, not of works, but of him that calleth;)
Rom 9:12 It was said unto her, The elder shall serve the younger.
Rom 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.
And just to give you some insight into the Canaanite nations. There were 7 of them in Canaan. These people did a lot of really bad things.
Zec 14:21 Yea, every pot in Jerusalem and in Judah shall be holiness unto the LORD of hosts: and all they that sacrifice shall come and take of them, and seethe therein: and in that day there shall be no more the Canaanite in the house of the LORD of hosts.
These were the people that Esau mingled with. It is also worth noting that while God did reconcile the two brothers Jacob and Esau with each other, he never reconciled their descendants.
So to get back to our initial issue: Anti-Semitism is a word widely used to try and show some form of discrimination against the Jewish people. The fact of the matter is, it is irrational and plain stupid to use this word, to show discrimination and hate towards the Jews. A Vast multitude of people are descendants from Shem. The Jewish nation is a very small part of it and that includes only one of the sons of Jacob, what about the other 11? They are not Jewish.
I do believe that using a word like anti-Semitism can only be done by the descendants of Ham and Japheth, as they are not Semites.
Maybe it would be wise for the people coming up with the definition of words, to first do some background checking before showing their obvious ignorance and lack of knowledge.