Where did all the variety among humans in different places come from? What can we learn from Scripture? Is intermarriage okay? Why are some traits found in one group and not in another?
While there are certainly plenty of opinions on these questions, the facts are infinitely more valuable. We can be mislead by history as well as family prejudices, but we can also find clues and build a solid understanding if we take Scripture, observation, and history and fit them all together.
How we talk and the evidence we can find of how others talked or wrote in the past are worthy of note. There is one human race, not multiple races. While there are pronounced characteristics and unique genetic material among certain subgroups, all have the same basic DNA and all can be traced back to the same origins.
Isolation is one of the reasons that differences manifest among separate groups. When a society intermarries in a limited pool of individuals, some recessive traits will fade and other more dominant traits will become more and more pronounced. Loss of genetic material and mutations magnified in this way can lead to dramatic differences in a variety of characteristics. This, coupled with the mutations and degeneration of the race over time has caused a number of notable differences, but every human is recognizable as a member of the race.
In historical writings and in Scripture, we find much mention of different nations, indicating people who were from a different political unit or clan. There is rarely mention of skin color or other major differences among these nations in the oldest sources. This is because the differences have been progressing as time goes on, and were not so remarkable in earlier times as now.
All humans were of darker skin tones in the past. Scripture gives us many examples of this. Adam, the first man, was named for this trait. “Adam” comes from the Hebrew word H121, which is a variant of H120, which in turn is from the still more basic H119. These words are defined by Strong’s Concordance as follows:
H121 אָדָם ‘âdâm aw-dawm’ The same as H120; Adam, the name of the first man, also of a place in Palestine: – Adam. Total KJV occurrences: 21
H120 אָדָם ‘âdâm aw-dawm’ From H119; ruddy, that is, a human being (an individual or the species, mankind, etc.): – X another, + hypocrite, + common sort, X low, man (mean, of low degree), person. Total KJV occurrences: 541
H119 אָדַם ‘âdam aw-dam’ To show blood (in the face), that is, flush or turn rosy: – be (dyed, made) red (ruddy). Total KJV occurrences: 10
Exodus 25:5 “And rams’ skins dyed red*, and badgers’ skins, and shittim wood,” *H119
Genesis 2:7 “And [Yahuwah Aloahiym] formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”
Genesis 3:19 “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”
Esau, grandson of Abraham, was noted for his hair, and so named Esau, which comes from H132.
Genesis 25:25 “And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.” Notice the relationship of to H132 and H119-121.
Yahowceph (Joseph) apparently looked like the Egyptians, as he was not only able to fit in with them, but became Prime Minister of Egypt, with no mention of hesitation or disloyalty on the part of anyone over his leadership or nativity. See Genesis 41:37-45.
Moshe (Moses) also was accepted, raised as a son and heir to the throne of Egypt, and eventually married an Ethiopian. Numbers 12:1; Exodus 2:6-10. And was mistaken for an Egyptian by Jethro’s daughters (verse 19). Mark Twain wrote of his travels in Africa in the book The Innocents Abroad, that the natives were “black as Moses”.
Paintings on the walls of ancient buildings and structures in Egypt still include black people. From a comparison of the other pigments used, the skin color was intended to portray dark skin—the paint did not comparatively darken with age. Some historians allege that when General Napoleon was in Egypt he had cannons blast off the nose of the Sphinx and other statues to hide the negroid features.
In Leviticus 13:29-39 we find a passage directing the Levitical priests how to deal with outbreaks of leprosy. The clear expectation of this chapter is that normal healthy hair is black, and skin is dark, not white or even “darkish white”.
Abshalom, son of Dawayid (David), who plotted to take the throne of Israel by a coup, had an Afro hairstyle. See 2 Samuel 14:25-26 and chapter 18:9-14.
Solomon’s lover the Shulamite was black. Song of Songs 1:5, 15, 16.
The apostle Paul was mistaken for a notorious Egyptian. Acts 21:37-40.
The Almighty Father above, who had us created in His image, is dark-skinned. Daniel 10:4-6 describes Him: “And in the four and twentieth day of the first month, as I was by the side of the great river, which is Hiddekel; Then I lifted up mine eyes, and looked, and behold a certain man clothed in linen, whose loins were girded with fine gold of Uphaz: His body also was like the beryl, and his face as the appearance of lightning, and his eyes as lamps of fire, and his arms and his feet like in colour to polished brass, and the voice of his words like the voice of a multitude.” The reference to ” polished brass” is a mistranslation according to the concordance:
H5178 נְחֹשֶׁת nechôsheth nekh-o’-sheth For H5154; copper; hence, something made of that metal, that is, coin, a fetter; figuratively base (as compared with gold or silver): – brasen, brass, chain, copper, fetter (of brass), filthiness, steel. Total KJV occurrences: 140
H5154 נְחֻשָׁה נְחוּשָׁה nechûshâh nechûshâh nekh-oo-shaw’, nekh-oo-shaw’
Feminine of H5153; copper: – brass, steel. Compare H5176. Total KJV occurrences: 10
Yahuwah is described again in Revelation using similar terms:
“His head and his hairs were white like wool*, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; And his feet like unto fine brass, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters.” Revelation 1:14,15. *like wool: whose hair is like wool? Generally those with darker skin.
Again, “fine brass” comes from the Greek word G5474 χαλκαλίβανον chalkalibanon khal-kol-ib’-an-on Neuter of a compound of G5475 and G3030 (in the implied meaning of whiteness or brilliancy); burnished copper, an alloy of copper (or gold) and silver having a brilliant lustre: – fine brass. Total KJV occurrences: 2
As there are multiple metals or alloys mentioned in the definition, we must consider the perspective of the language and the writer. The idea of the Hebrew word, as well as the Greek seems to indicate that the concept of “shiny/glowing” is more important than the tone or color. And so whether it was brass, gold, silver, or a darker copper needs to be clarified. Ask yourself “was the prophet noticing the skin as being lighter or darker than his own skin?
Our Redeemer Yahusha must have looked both like His Father above, and like Mary His earthly mother. Doubtless there was no greatly remarkable difference in the skin tone from the One or the other.
Just in the past few generations there have been major changes in skin pigmentation among many peoples across the earth, and the fact and the reasons for it have been suppressed. Here are old photos indicating that the American Indian, Egyptians, and other cultures were much darker-skinned just a century or two ago.
While changes in many characteristics have been ongoing since the fall of man, those relating to major skin color changes seem to be primarily from recent centuries.
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Chief Joseph Ancient Egyptians Aborigine Aborigine today
And if you doubt that there was much interaction among the different nations back then, proof can be offered that the interaction itself has happened in even more ancient times. Numerous copper plates (numbering in the thousands) with Hebrew script containing the tetragrammaton (Hebrew name for Yahuwah) have been found in multiple locations across North America, Central America, and places in Canada and Europe as well as Africa.
The African slave trade was in part an effort to exterminate Hebrews who had previously migrated from Canaan to Africa. Some believe this was a fulfillment of Deuteronomy 28.
During the Crusades and since, a policy of raping Hebrew women, along with women of many other peoples, has been carried out as a command or incentive. Not just to entice the soldiery, but to humiliate, contaminate, and burden the victims and the future of their race.
I have personally observed cases where a white and black married, and the grandchildren were light-haired, light-skinned, and almost devoid of negroid features. The white is clearly the dominant characteristic.
Nowhere does Scripture allege that the human race began as a lightly pigmented group. Rather, every reference to skin color seems to allude to dark skin. Light skin seems to be a dominant mutation which has taken hold and been widely spread through the influence of powerful tribes. When all is restored—both our genes and our soul and spirit—we will all be like our Maker, with skin the color of healthy soil.
For further study (which will shock and disgust), see the video series Whited Out.
Or investigate the following Books:
The Thirteenth Tribe
The Origins of the Jews