FW: anthropology and the bible
- This message arrived in my e-mail today.It sounds to me like the writer is an Arab Nationalist and religious conservative. I am not well enough versed in Middle Eastern Archaeology to give a scholarly (as opposed to political/religious) answer so I am handing the question off to any interested takers.The points about genetic admixture are valid. Or at least half-way so. The Middle East is called that because it is the crossroads between all sorts of places in the Old World. Given the number of migrations, invasions, and passers-through, it is safe to say that ALL Middle Easterners represent a variety of genetic groups.Please reply to the original sender (lying_slayer@dragonbbs or arabisrael@... ) and to the list.Thanks!
From: Lying Slayer [mailto:lying_slayer@...]
Sent: Wednesday, October 04, 2000 10:09 PM
Subject: anthropology and the bibleMixing science and the bibleFor my study I will begin with the assumption that the bible is true,so I will spell out the basics, you can humor me and assume I havealready researched the bible and can prove my assertions inthe bible.1 Everyone started from Iraq after the flood there were 8 people left aliveon earth. From these 6 (Noah's sons and their wives) the whole world wasrepopulated.After the flood these people landed in Turkey and the next time we hearof their descendants is back in Iraq.These people decide to take a short cut to heaven and begin to builda tower to heaven.God does not like the idea and scatters people all over the earth.Some remain in the middle east.2 The Europeans are scattered N.W. the Orientals N.E, the Eskimosthe native Americans, people of the islands of the earth... okAt the tower of Babel, people are scattered all over the earth.3 If we drive a stake in the middle of Israel and draw a radius to theborders of Iraq or Egypt, we can use that line to find the area that almostall of the Old Testament takes place.4 In the first 1000 year period of the bible only gentiles existed.A gentile is one who is not a Jew or Israelite (bible terms)Every Israelite in the bible is out of the wombs/loins of the people of Iraq,Canaanites, Midianites, Syrians, Egyptians... so what ever the Israelitesare they are of the same physical stock as the rest of the middle east peoplearound them.5 We know that as time changed, Europeans started spreading themselvesevery where, so our study will take place in the middle east from the time ofBable until the period before the Europeans began to move in on their turf.6 By looking in Europe through anthropology in this time period we can findfair skin, red face, blond hair, blue eye Europeans.7 If we look in the middle east during this period there were a few red headsbut there were no blonds and there were no blue eye natives of the middle east.8 If we look at the Americas and the islands around the world, we see that blondhair and blue eyes didn't come about until the Europeans began to move in.9 Freaks and mutations have always been around I guess, so it would be possiblefor there to be some albinos or a very rare finding of a blond or blue eye personin the middle east, so we should sample all the anthropology findings and paintingsfrom the middle east during this period of time.If we could find 1% of the paintings with blond hair then there should be a similar % ofmummies/bodies (that still has hair) with blond hair.In all the years I have been looking I have not seen any paintings of any person with blueeyes or blond hair in the middle east in the period before the Europeans came.Assuming the bible to be the truth then the Europeans moved N.W. The blond/blue eyething seems to be a trait from Sweden/Norway ???10 According to the bible every Israelite came out of the wombs/loins of the natives ofthe middle east and so no Israelite would have had blond hair or blue eyes?So my conclusion is that any fair skin, blond hair, blue eye persons eithera) would have to be a mix of Europeans if they were ever from the Israelites orb) Those which physical features could not be descendants of the Israelites.Give any anthropology findings or arguments that you have to the contrary?If this post wanders to some list, please contact me by sending a post to