Sunday, July 18, 2010

The Moors in the Holy Bible

The Moors in the Bible

The Moors are not a specific race of people so you won’t find them named as such in the Bible itself. The word has never been clearly defined and remains ambiguous and confusing. This term has been broadly used to denote various people in North Africa, people who came from Morocco or simply to describe Muslims in general.

Historian Wayne Chandler stated, "Although the term Moor has been put to diverse use, its roots are still traceable. Circa 46BC the Roman army entered West Africa where they encountered Africans which they called "Maures" from the Greek adjective 'mauros,' meaning dark or black." During the European Renaissance explorers, writers and scholars began to apply the term Moor to Blacks in general.

The name "Moor" comes from the Greek word "Mavros" (plural Mavroi), meaning black or very dark, which in Roman Latin became "Mauro" (plural "Mauri"). The Roman word for black was not "mauro" but "niger" (Acts 13:1), or "Fusco" for “very dark”. In some but certainly not all, cases, Moors were described as “fuscus”.

This might explain why the Latin 'Maurus' translates literally into 'Moors', with no further definition. Furthermore, the word Negro is Spanish for black. The Spanish language comes from Latin, which has its origins in Classical Greek. The word Negro, in Greek, is derived from the root word necro, meaning dead.

Historically when the Greeks first traveled to Africa 2,500 years ago as students, they also appropriated the name “Ethiopian” meaning “burnt faces” to describe the inhabitants on the South side of the Mediterranean Ocean and to its Eastern Border Countries. The Greeks were in Spain around 500 BC, 300 years before the Romans. This is during the time of Zephaniah, Zechariah, Haggai, Jeremiah, Habakuk, the destroying and rebuilding of the temple, and when Judah became a Persian province.

The Romans probably pinched the term “Moor” from the Greeks, complete with its original connotation of 'dark'. When the Greeks returned to Europe, they took their distorted beliefs with them and the word Negro evolved out of this distortion.

In less than 300 years after the first Greeks came to Egypt as students, their descendants returned as conquerors. They destroyed the cities, temples and libraries of the Egyptians and claimed African knowledge as their own.

With the birth of the slave trade, it became necessary to dehumanize Africans and devalue their historical worth as a people in order to ensure their value as slaves so as a people, you simply became known as Black!

In any case, the word “Moor” was first applied officially to the indigenous people of a Roman province in North Africa called Mauritania (Latin = 'land of the Moors'). This roughly corresponds to present day North Morocco and Algeria. The name Morocco is another reminder of the region's "Moorish" past.

According to the older versions of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Moors, during the Middle Ages and as late as the 17th Century, were described as being black, dark skinned, or swarthy in complexion. Modern texts, such as Webster's New World Dictionary, groups all moors together under the terms Arab and Berber which has caused individuals to omit the association with Africans that are racially considered "black".

To put things in a clearer racial perspective, W. E. B Dubois in his work, "The World and Africa," wrote on this subject. "The Arabs brought the new religion of Mohammed into North Africa. During the seventh century, they (the Arabs) did not migrate in great numbers. Spain was conquered not by Arabs, but by armies of Berbers and Negroids led by Arabs."

If you fast-forward to the time Columbus was to supposedly “discovered” America, you will find the fulfilling of a Biblical prophecy that will show the Moor in the Bible.

Read Daniel 11:15, 25

“The Christians in the meantime continued their push southward until they finally moved in on Granada in 1492. The "capitulation" of the Catholic Kings, which took the form of the "Treaty of Granada" and outlined 69 articles of religious tolerance, was enough to woo the Moslems (Muslims) into surrendering peacefully. For a few short years there was a tense calm in the province but the inquisitors were never happy with the deal. The Church advisors, using religious justifications, convinced King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella to break the treaty and force the Moslems to become Christians or get the hell out of Spain.”

”To the Christians, Moor simply meant Muslim barbarian. They didn't care where these 'Moors' came from. Their only interest was to evict every last one of them from Spain. In the spring of 1492, shortly after the Moors were driven out of Granada, Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain expelled all the Jews from their lands and thus, by a stroke of the pen, put an end to the largest and most distinguished Jewish settlement in Europe.”

It would not be inaccurate to say that the Moors helped reintroduce Europe to civilization. But just who were the Moors of antiquity anyway? As early as the Middle Ages, and as early as the seventeenth century, "The Moors were," according to the Oxford English Dictionary, "commonly supposed to be mostly black or very swarthy, and hence the word is often used for negro." Dr. Chancellor Williams stated that, "The original Moors, like the original Egyptians, were Black Africans."

Read Daniel 11:40

“In 711, the Moors invaded Visigoth (Germanic peoples), Christian Hispania (Spain, Portugal, Mauritania, and Algiers). At the beginning of the eighth century Moorish soldiers crossed over from Africa into Spain, Portugal, and France, where their swift victories became the substance of legends. To the Christians of early Europe there was no question regarding the ethnicity of the Moors, and numerous sources support the view that the Moors were a black-skinned people.”

William Shakespeare, the lead writer responsible for the translation of the Bible for King James, used the word Moor as a synonym for African (The King James version of the Bible was published in 1611).

Black soldiers, specifically identified as Moors, were actively recruited by Rome, and served in Britain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Romania. St. Maurice, patron saint of medieval Europe, was only one of many Black soldiers and officers under the employ of the Roman Empire.

The very first translation of the Hebrew Bible was into Greek (the Septuagint) during the 3rd to the 1st century B.C. Remember that during that time Greeks and Romans were referring to all African/Black people as Moors! The Greeks came to Africa as students to sit at the feet of these masters, and to discover what Africans already knew. In any student / teacher relationship the teacher can only teach as much as the student is capable of understanding. When you read the Bible do you understand who you are? Raise Up!!!

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Anonymous said...

The Almoravids (Al-Mora-avids, Al-Moor-avids) were from Senegal, which is North West Africa. “The small presence of Haplogroup E1a in North Africa and Europe is attributed to the slave trade, because of its association with West Africa.” This statement affirms the presence of Black African males making babies outside their race passing it on to their sons. Isn't that the real truth? The slave masters daughters sleeping with the slave men? Only if they were not slaves would this have happened. Y-DNA E1* is passed from father to son. Mt-DNA is passed from mother to son and daughter. Therefore, the statement is a lie because E1a is Y-DNA and if the presence of R1a* and R1b* in African-American males affirms European ancestry then E1a does the same to affirm African ancestry. E1a (M33) found in West Africa and today is mainly present in the region of Mali. One study has found haplogroup E1a-M33 Y-chromosomes in as much as 34% (15/44) of a sample of Malian men. Haplogroup E1a has also been detected among samples obtained from Moroccan Berbers, Sahrawis, Burkina Faso, northern Cameroon, Senegal, Sudan, Egypt, and Calabria (including both Italian and Albanian inhabitants of the region).

Anonymous said...

The Moors are the brown skinned descendants of the Indians, whom in ancient times were also called Chaldeans and Parthians. The Indians, from India, in ancient times were ruling in the land of Egypt by the time the Jews were slaves there and the land was invaded by the people who came from the salty water, the Greeks. the gerogliph ^^^^^ means salty waters or sea, it represents the waves on the sea.

Of course, all dark skinned people have something to do with Africa like all people with Chinese eyes have something to do with China. That ancestry could be dated to the very ancient time of Nimrod, the powerful hunter from the descendants of Cush. when the hunter king from the bible traded with the people from the coast across the sea on the north and their people intermingled with each other resulting on the existence of the Indians as result. I think to that respect is an ancient story of the Indian culture talking about the dark skinned guy and the white skinned woman. Oh well, we always been falling by the strength of those muscles (lol). In the book of Micah 5:6 the Palestinians, their descendants, were fighting to defend the land against the Assirians from the north. The ancient kingdom of Chaldea inhabited all the region.

Anonymous said...

And from the Chaldeans came Abraham, from the city of Ur. Abraham was living in the land of Canaan which was inhabited by the Chaldeans, and from that land he took a maid helper to his wife Sarai, of course, the maid is said to be from the land of Egypt, the people who paint or underline their eyes, and such cultural practice which is still in practice today, can be easily be traced to the ancient culture of the Indians or Chaldeans. Their descendants, today named Arabs, are still dressing up and singing as the Indians their forefathers.

The Jews, also children of Abraham, did not listen to the wise men whom in the past told them "don't intermingle with the gentiles" and as result have lost the ties with their ancient culture and have been absorbed by the cultures to which they have intermingled. Those "gentile's" cultures have also taken control of the land they inhabited in the past. In the past they were neither Jews or Arabs, they were all Moors, a name given to them by the white skin color people from the North, otherwise known as Greeks, Assyrians ( ancient name of Russia or rosy red skinned people) , Italians, Russians, Germans, Spaniards, England, etc.; and the cultures which have descended from them.

Anonymous said...

Africans' skin color is not as result of being lower human beings because by God all men are created equal. The African people skin color is as result of the climate in which they live. The whole continent of Africa has a very hot climate and, as white people from the northern areas of the planet are affected by their skin color not reflecting the burning effects of the sun's heat because they don't have a hot climate, Africans, on the contrary, are reflecting on their skin the effects of the hot climate in which they live. If a white skinned person lives in Africa's hottest climate for a period of about ten years, that person's skin will start to change color to a darker one in less than a year and darkness will progress as the skin accommodates to the weather.

On the other hand, if we treat any human being differently, depending of their skin color, that person may react accordingly to the way we treat them regardless of being black, white, yellow, brown, or any skin color. My Lord Jesus said: "treat other the way you will like to be treated"

May the peace and love from God be on your way.

Anonymous said...

Just to leave a small fact that cannot be debated because of the misleading statements long and drawn-out use a child dictionary and look up the words blackamoor and ends there you will see it will separate the word black telling you it's a adjectives and the word more is a noun a adjectives describes a noun dark is not a noun stop misleading our people..