The people of Israel regarded themselves as a noble elite. We know from
the biblical record that Joseph was appointed to high rank by the Pharaoh.
Although not plainly evident, the context of Exod 2 suggests that Moses
also held a high administrative position. He was adopted by the Pharaoh's
daughter, certainly not a casual act.
The Hittites described Abraham as a "mighty Prince among us," Gen 23:6.
In Gen 32:28 the translators had problems understanding the meaning
of Jacob's dawn struggle with a divine being. RSV translates the phrase
simply as "striven with God," but KJV adds a conditional phrase,
a prince thou hast power with God." The troublesome word is
from sarah8280, denoting persistence and perseverance,
but of a princely kind. Literally, the phrase is "saretha with God." Jacob
offered princely perseverance with God.
In Numbers 7 princes are listed for all the tribes. The word means "an
exalted one." The modern sense "leader" fails to capture the noble social
role designated by the word. In Ezek 7:27 the same word is translated as
"Prince" by RSV. RSV also translates the word as "Prince" in Num 25:18
and other places.
In Num 34:18 Moses was commanded to take one "Prince" of every tribe
to divide the land. As the list shows, these persons were selected from
among the general group of Israelite people. The passage does not describe
the selection of those men because they were leaders, as they may well
have been, but because they were Princes.
Did those ancient people, the kinnahu, or the Iberi, recognize
themselves as different from other people? The primary emphasis in the
Hebrew tradition was their selection from among other people. That is the
broad sense of the biblical accounts. If we take the traditional Christian
view we see it merely as "spiritual." But they certainly could not have
been ignorant of the promises to their forefather. Abraham was to be father
of many nations. These promises were retained in some written or oral form,
otherwise why would the Jewish scribes make the genetic promises so prominent
when they edited the Mosaic books during the Babylonian captivity? Did
those promises not condition how Abraham's descendants decided on the conduct,
attitudes, and expectations of their lives? Did those Jewish scribes not
recognize how the genetic lines were taking an unexpected turn, at their
Did the twelve tribes know they were building a pool of Iberi
blood? Would the commandments to breed among their own kind make sense
unless they saw their purpose in that light? Should we expect that they
would be a model people merely through spiritual separation?
If Joel, Hosea, and Amos warned them of their fate did they recognize the significance of those warnings in terms of their biological status? Were they not acutely aware they would be
sifted among the nations? After the Assyrian captivity did they respond to a recognized obligation to God? Did they feel
they could make restitution by mixing and interbreeding with other people? Did they see those events as part of a larger purpose in forcing them out of their lands?
When they were carried off to the cities of Media did they know that they would take their blood to the nations? Is this what caused them to disperse across the Mediterranean and into the hinterlands of Europe?
Once the act of breakup had occurred, and they could no longer build
that pool of genetic stock, did they come to the realization that their
obligation was to sift among the nations?
We know from the confused traditions, from the Stone of Destiny, and
belief in a descent from a forefather called Eber, that the people of Ireland
believed in a divine destiny of blood descent. The kings and queens of
Europe practiced it in formal marriage requirements.
Those people recognized their genetic destiny role, and they acted to
implement it. They taught it to their children as they interbred. The rich
Keltic burials of Europe show the respect that elite received. The traditions
of noble blood carried down to the present generation.
Somewhere in the ancient past is a source of those traditions. Was part
of it out of original descent from Adam? Did the traditions arise solely
from the Iberi legacy? Was there a mix of the two components of Adamic
and Abrahamic genetic descent? We cannot say.
As the generations passed, and those blood stocks interbred with the
people of Europe, the genetic potentials diluted. Although some members
of the noble families retain fair minds and high social qualities, the
general genetic level has greatly declined. And this fact is true for all
levels of European people and their descendants in the Americas, Africa,
Australia, and New Zealand.
Again, as witness to the rule of the Most Highs in the kingdoms of men,
is it not curious that the white European has now spread to all corners
of the globe? Did all the nations of the world not borrow his culture,
and his civilization?
Christianity perverted the biological aspect of the Abrahamic promise.
Modern generations do not want to know about genetic obligations to God.
Genetics is a physical reality; spirituality becomes an escape from reality
buried beneath erudite theologies.
But the two go hand-in-hand. More noble genetic elements lead to more spiritual sensitivity to God and to the world. Part of our great world decline is due to this dilution of noble blood.