Hebrew Israelites Could Only Go To Africa

December 4, 2016 - Hebrews

Welcome to today’s study. I am glad that you have stayed with this blog up till this point. After my last posting ‘There are no Caucasian Hebrews’, certain issues are raised, which needs to be addressed. Among these is the question of why the 10 tribes would go to Africa, who are the current residents of the Holy Land and why God would allow them to be there. The Israelis and Jews presently living in the state of Israel obviously belong to a different demographic group to the Hebrews I described here. Needless to say that they could not be farther apart from each other with respect to physical appearance. So, the real question is; why am I sure the tribes couldn’t have moved to Europe as the Anglo-Saxons also believe?

To understand why, I will like us to take a look at the biblical and historical accounts of races among men. Noah and his three sons; Japheth, Ham and Shem along with their wives were the only human survivors of the great flood in Genesis 7-8. Genesis 10:32 clarifies that it is through these sons that all the nations of the earth were populated. To understand where the descendants of each of the sons relocated to, we need to know the land allocations. The Bible however does not give a full breakdown of which bloodline inherited which part of the earth. The names of their offspring do give some indication of where they live today. To know the land allocations, we must refer to the Book of Jubilees for the breakdown. However, we must realize that for many years after the flood, the earth was one big mass of land. Jerusalem was at the center and that may be why God chose it as his home. It was not until the days of Peleg (meaning earthquake) in Genesis 10:25 that the earth was split into what is now recognized as the various continents.

Shem was given Jerusalem at the center of the earth with the surrounding regions. We already knew this, but what I always found baffling was that the land that was supposedly given to Shem seemed pretty tiny compared to the vastness of Europe (Japheth) and Africa (Ham). People do not bother to mention North and South America or Australia, as if God did not know they existed when the earth was being divided by nations.

The book of Jubilees describes that at the heart of Shem’s land is the Garden of Eden. Traditional Church teaching puts the Garden of Eden in the desert (Iraq) because of the rivers Euphrates and Tigris in maps of the region. However, there is another Eufrates (central) and Tigres (east) in Africa, but these can only be seen in 1747 or earlier maps. This would put the Garden of Eden right around where Ethiopia and possibly Kenya are today.

So, let us look deeper at the book of Jubilees account of the sharing of the earth.

And there came forth on the writing as Shem’s lot the middle of the earth which he should take as an inheritance for himself and for his sons for the generations of eternity, from the middle of the mountain range of Râfâ, from the mouth of the water from the river Tînâ. and his portion goeth towards the west through the midst of this river, and it extendeth till it reacheth the water of the abysses, out of which this river goeth forth and poureth its waters into the sea Mê’at, and this river floweth into the great sea. And all that is towards the north is Japheth’s, and all that is towards the south belongeth to Shem. And it extendeth till it reacheth Kârâsô: this is in the bosom of the tongue, which looketh towards the south. And his portion extendeth along the great sea, and it extendeth in a straight line till it reacheth the west of the tongue, which looketh towards the south; for this sea is named the tongue of the Egyptian Sea. And it turneth from here towards the south towards the mouth of the great sea on the shore of its waters, and it extendeth to the west to Afrâ and it extendeth till it reacheth the waters of the river Gihon, and to the south of the waters of Gihon, to the banks of this river. And it extendeth towards the east, till it reacheth the Garden of Eden, to the south thereof, to the south and from the east of the whole land of Eden and of the whole cast, it turneth to the east, and proceedeth till it reacheth the east of the mountain named Râfâ, and it descendeth to the bank of the mouth of the river Tînâ. This portion came forth by lot for Shem and his sons that they should possess it forever unto his generations for evermore. And Noah rejoiced that this portion came forth for Shem and for his sons, and he remembered all that he had spoken with his mouth in prophecy; for he had said: Blessed be the Lord God of Shem, And may the Lord dwell in the dwelling of Shem.” And he knew that the Garden of Eden is the holy of holies, and the dwelling of the Lord, and Mount Sinai the centre of the desert, and Mount Zion–the centre of the navel of the earth: these three were created as holy places facing each other. And he blessed the God of gods, who had put the word of the Lord into his mouth, and the Lord for evermore. And he knew that a blessed portion and a blessing had come to Shem and his sons unto the generations for ever–the whole land of Eden and the whole land of the Red Sea, and the whole land of the east, and India, and on the Red Sea and the mountains thereof, and all the land of Bashan, and all the land of Lebanon and the islands of Kaftûr, and all the mountains of Sanîr and ’Amânâ, and the mountains of Asshur in the north, and all the land of Elam, Asshur, and Bâbêl, and Sûsân and Mâ‘ĕdâi and all the mountains of Ararat, and all the region beyond the sea, which is beyond the mountains of Asshur towards the north, a blessed and spacious land, and all that is in it is very good.

And for Ham came forth the second portion, beyond the Gihon towards the south to the right (West) of the Garden, and it extendeth towards the south and it extendeth to all the mountains of fire, and it extendeth towards the west to the sea of ’Atêl and it extendeth towards the west till it reacheth the sea of Mâ’ûk that (sea) into which everything which is not destroyed descendeth. And it goeth forth towards the north to the limits of Gâdîr, and it goeth forth to the coast of the waters of the sea to the waters of the great sea till it draweth near to the river Gihon, and goeth along the river Gihon till it reacheth the right of the Garden of Eden. And this is the land, which came forth for Ham as the portion, which he was to occupy forever for himself and his sons unto their generations forever. – Jubilees 8:12-24


Shem’s territory is bordered on the East by lands known today as southwest Kazakstan (Ural Mountains?), Tajikistan, Pakistan, India and the Indian Ocean. Its’ Northern border is formed by Georgia, the exit of the Sea of Azov into the Black Sea and Turkey. From there it extends south to the bosom of the tongue (Arabia and horn of Africa) and the Egyptian sea (Red Sea). This is the traditionally taught limit of the territories allotted to Shem. Considering the size of the earth, it would be a really bad deal for Shem if this was all he got and I doubt Noah would have been as excited as the text indicated he was.

However, the passage states that Shem’s inheritance extends from there; where it turns southwards at the mouth of the great sea and extends west to Afra (Africa) till the waters of Gihon. According to 1710 and 1747 maps (see below figures), Gihon is in western Africa, running eastward into what was known as Negroland and later becoming a tributary to the great river Nile.

Ghion in Africa

Location of river Ghion near Negroland in 1747 map of Africa (Picture taken from Youtube user promise2bless)

Putting this into the context of continental Africa. We see the location of Ghion right at the western edge of the continent.

Ghion in Africa 2

Location of river Ghion relative to Africa and the Middle East in 1710 maps (Picture taken from Youtube user promise2bless)

This indicates that from the Ghion in West Africa all the way through Ethiopia and further east as far as India became allotted to Shem by casting of lots. This would be a more reasonably fair portion of land compared to the significantly smaller Palestinian-Persian-Indian territory traditionally taught by scholars. It would also fulfil the criteria of being the middle portion of the earth with the Garden of Eden (Ethiopia?) at its centre. To fully understand the extent and size of this portion in Africa, we can use the app at to measure. We find that it is almost equivalent to the size of continental USA and china combined, and that does not yet include the Middle East and eastern territories.

Ham’s portion starts west of the Ghion and extends to the fire mountains (ring of fire on the west coast of the Americas) and to Mauk (Pacific Ocean?). This suggests that some of West Africa, Southern Africa, all the Americas and Australia were territories allotted to members of the Hamitic bloodline. Consequently, the pre-Columbus Native Americans and the pre-Cortes Aztec empire were probably Hamitic tribes that had been separated with the breaking away of the continent in the days of Peleg. This would also account for the very gruesome rituals of human sacrifice that was associated with the Mayans as well as their sun worship. This land distribution contradicts the doctrine of Native American Hebrews currently making the rounds in the United States of America.

Japheth’s land allocation was the region Northwards and East of Shem’s territory described above. This includes All of Western Europe and Eastwards to the Siberian Sea and East of India to the Pacific Ocean.

After the divisions of the land, Noah anticipating a future conflict made his children swear an oath that they would not forcibly seize land that did not belong to them. They all agreed, and a curse was placed on any bloodline that takes another’s land. They all swore to honour the agreement in the presence of the angel of the Lord.

A schematic of the land allocation is given below.

Land allocation to Japheth, Shem and Ham

A schematic distribution of the global land mass among the sons of Noah

Having set this background to land distribution, there were official agreements between the bloodlines to exchange pieces of land because there were inter-marriages between them. For instance, Jubilee 10:35 states that Madai (Media got his portion by begging Elam, Asshur and Arpachshad (his Shemite brother-in-laws) for a piece of their land. Mizraim, Phut and Canaan were also given portions that belong to Shem in North Africa (possibly in exchange for territories in Central and South Africa?). Canaan however still did not like this and went into Arpachshad’s land without his blessing. The land consequently became known as Canaan (Genesis 23:2). We can see however that the agreement has since been violated more extensively, laying the foundation of most of the conflicts that we are experiencing in the world today. For example, Japheth took the Americas and Australia by force of genocide. It was either that, or endless wars like those that exist in the Middle East till this day. A look at the Moorish Islamic Empire (mostly Hamitic tribes like Dedan, and Raamah that had occupied the Arabian peninsula and Berbers from North Africa) indicates that they first overran the land of Shem and extended into Japhetic territories before being stopped in Spain and Eastern Europe. Today, Japheth has taken over all except the Shemitic and Hamitic territories remaining in Africa. For a brief period in the 18th and 19th centuries, even these territories were under Japhetic rule. Conditions were not perfect then and diseases were a constant caveat against extensive residence in the continent. With modern healthcare and the development of advanced drug delivery however, the race for the ‘dark continent’ has resumed with China leading the way. Shem is the only bloodline that had not violated the land agreement. Even at the height of Hebrew Israelite power, neither kings David nor Solomon occupied Japhetic or Hamitic land; they rather traded with them.

Having said all this, what is the relevance of this land distribution to the 10 tribes in diaspora? My argument is simple, If the tribes had moved into the lands north of the black sea as the European and Anglo-Saxon Jewish proponents state, Shem would have been violating the land agreement. This is not in his character. By going west and south, the tribes knew they were going deep into the heart of their God-given land – Shem’s land

I have no doubt many people reading this will not believe a word I have written here, perhaps because the passages I used are not from the standard 66 Biblical canonical books. I will therefore point to a few passages in scripture to support the analysis in this article. Several times in the book of Genesis, the writer tells of Abraham entering in the land of Canaan, He immediately writes, but the Canaanite was then in the land (Genesis 12:6, Genesis 13:7). God told him in Genesis 15:18 that He had given the land to Abraham’s seed. He was not going to give it in the future; he had already given it (past). The only time God distributed land was in the days of Noah. Consider this, why did God want so badly to eject Canaan from the land if not because he had violated his covenant?

We have all heard of the Ethiopian queen of Sheba who married King Solomon. Have we ever wondered why a (supposedly) Hamitic woman was the queen of a city named after a descendant of Shem (Genesis 10:22-28)? Doesn’t that indicate that Ethiopians were Shemites living in the land allocated to Shem?

The prophet Joel gave a prophecy about the Hebrew Israelites.

I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. – Joel 3:2

Since the days of Joel, there is only one time when Nations gathered together to distribute and inherit a land that could be considered God’s land. It was the partition (parted my land?) of Africa between 1881 and 1914. Eight European nations sat at a conference in 1884 in Berlin and decided to divide and take possession of a land that was not their own, – God’s land (according to the book of Jubilees). This passage in Joel talked about a people Israel that had been scattered (through slavery?) and whose land had been partitioned. Only Africa fits that description.

Another supporting passage is seen in a prophesy regarding the return of the dispersed Hebrews in the book of Zephaniah.

From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering. In that day shalt thou not be ashamed for all thy doings, wherein thou hast transgressed against me: for then I will take away out of the midst of thee them that rejoice in thy pride, and thou shalt no more be haughty because of my holy mountain. I will also leave in the midst of thee an afflicted and poor people, and they shall trust in the name of the Lord. The remnant of Israel shall not do iniquity, nor speak lies; neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth: for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make [them] afraid. – Zephaniah 3:10-13

The word of God gives an indication of where the lost tribes were relative to Jerusalem. They were beyond the rivers of Ethiopia, which lies Southwest of Jerusalem. That is in the very heart of Shem’s land.

One final data that I will like to use to support my analysis is circumcision. We are all aware about how important and central this covenant act is to the children of Israel (and Ishmael). Since it is central to their relationship with God, it is perfectly logical to expect that Shemites still practice circumcision in significant numbers (Genesis 17:10-12). So let us look at a global map of circumcision.


Global prevalence of circumcision. Red is >80%, Orange is 20-80% and Yellow is <20%. Picture taken from Wikipedia

Outside of highly dense Muslim populations (Indonesia, Arabia, North Africa and Persia), the only region where the prevalence of male circumcision is more than 80% is in the ‘center’ of the earth – Africa. This is despite the fact that the prevalence of Islam in most western African countries is about 20% (Nigeria has 45%). This indicates that circumcision is part of their culture, just like it is for the Hebrew Israelites (and Ishmaelite) descendants of Shem. For proponents of the Anglo-Saxon Hebrew Israelites, note that their territories have less than 20% prevalence rate of circumcision. This means that they do not believe in nor practice the most sacred custom of the Hebrews. How then can they be Hebrew Israelites from the ten lost tribes?

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9 thoughts on “Hebrew Israelites Could Only Go To Africa

Ben Yasharahla

Are you able to identify the River Gihon on that 1747 map with a river that I could find on a modern map? It would be a big help.


    Hi Ben,

    I cannot say for certain, but it looks to me like the Ghion is the Same as Senegal river that was also previously known as ‘Gher”. We know this river also merges with the one known as Niger today. There are four projects/dams that have been built on the Senegal river since colonial era.

    Interestingly, according to wikipedia:
    “This strange geography apparently came about because the Niger River is two ancient rivers joined together. The upper Niger, from the source west of Timbuktu to the bend in the current river near Timbuktu, once emptied into a now dry lake to the east northeast of Timbuktu, while the lower Niger started to the south of Timbuktu and flowed south into the Gulf of Guinea”.

    I think West of Timbuktu is the Senegal river which connects to the Atlantic ocean.
    A quick review of 16th century maps show that the Niger, Congo and Nile rivers all intersect just north of today’s Lake Victoria. They do seem to have other linking tributaries of course plus the fact that they all flood in the summer.


      Ben Yasharahla

      This helped alot. Thank you Ahch. So let me get this straight:
      Senegal River= Gihon
      Niger river= Euphrates
      I don’t think you mentioned the other Rivers. do you have you had possible identifications for the Pishon & Hiddekel? Thanks you for this! Shalawam.

Ben Yasharahla

Your interpretation of Shem’s land including some of North & Western Africa seemed to me to be hurt by this verse in Jubilees that sums of Shem’s land “-the whole land of Eden and the whole land of the Red Sea, and the whole land of the east, and India, and on the Red Sea and the mountains thereof, and all the land of Bashan, and all the land of Lebanon and the islands of Kaftûr, and all the mountains of Sanîr and ’Amâna.” Unless Eden is Africa it doesnt seem Shem land includes any of Africa. What are your thoughts on this? Thanks in advance. Shalom Brother.


    Hi Ben,

    Thanks for your comment.
    Actually, as I indicated in the blog post, I do believe that Eden (Edem in the septuagint) is in Africa. One of my reasons for this conclusion is that Jubilees does state that Shem’s land reaches west to Afra and extends further to Ghion. We know that Afra is in africa, you can see that on pre-colonial maps of today’s Africa. I have a 1710 map that labelled a region between present day Algeria and Mautitania as Afra. I also suspect that that is partly where the name Biafra (Igbo territory in Nigeria) comes from.
    Ghion is in West Africa (as I showed in the blog post) while the region Tigray/Tigrei (Tigris?) is in Ethiopia (Abyssinia) in the east. It is interesting that one of Africa’s great dams (Tekeze dam) is on the river in Tigray. That Suggests that Tigris was a tributary of the Nile. I am aware that there are other rivers Hiddekel or Tigris and Euphrates described in Mesopotamia today. The problem I have with those rivers is that (1) the four rivers are connected based on Genesis 2:10, (2) One of the tributaries goes round Ethiopia which is in Africa and (3) The Mesopotamian Euphrates and Tigris has no links with Ethiopia which to me means that they are not the rivers described in Genesis 2:14.
    If you look at some older maps, you will also see places like the mountains of Seth (mentioned in jubilees?) in Africa. I once came across an article that had old maps that also showed another river called Eufrates in W. Africa just north of the Kingdom of Juda. This river runs south eastwards and empties into what is known today as the Niger basin. That river was renamed the Niger river by the colonials It is why the Ghion appears to also be linked to the Niger.
    Based on the positions of the Ghion, Eufrates and Tigrei, I’m thinking of Eden in the region of East/central Africa.

    I hope this helps.


      Ben Yasharahla

      Oh, I hadnt seen this when I commented just now, asking about the other rivers. Thank you so much & praise TMH. Thanks Brother! Shalawam.

Ben Yasharahla

How do you think Mizraim/Egypt was alllowed Shemite land? I know Ishmael was half Egyptian do you think he may have had something to do with it? I know what you said in the blog post, but was wondering if there was any evidence on this.

Ben Yasharahla

What whole land of Cush does the Senegal/Gihon surround? What is the Pishon that surrounds Havilah, and where is Havilah?


    Hi Ben,

    Sorry for the slow response, I just saw your comments.
    I do not know the ancient limits or boundaries of the Senegal river; I don’t know if anyone really does. I do know that as recently as the 15th century, its links to the Niger and Nile where well known. In fact it was also referred to as the river of gold. below is a quote from wikipedia describing the course of the river in a 1413 map:

    “The River of Gold is sourced at a circular island, what seem like the Mountains of the Moon (albeit unlabeled here). From this same source also flows north the White Nile towards Egypt”.

    It’s worth noting that the mountains of the Moon is in East Africa (Uganda area?). Ancient kush was possibly the region of Sudan today. These all suggest that the Senegal river might have been much longer/larger than it is today. It also implies that ancient Kush would have been sandwiched between today’s white Nile and the river of gold (seneral r.). I do find it interesting that the Nile and the Ghion could have originated from the same source since scriptures say that a river came out of Eden that parted into 4 – Euphrates, Gihon, Hiddekel (Tigris) and Pison. Note that Tigray (Tigris?) region of modern Ethiopia/Eritrea lies just east of Kush, white Nile and Mountains of Moon. Could the Tigris river have run eastwards from the mountain? Note Gen 2:14 does say the Hiddekel (Tigris) runs towards the east.

    I cannot say for certainty where Pishon or Havilah is, i’m still in search of that. I have however seen commentaries in the past that claim Havilah is under water today. I really don’t know.



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