THE JEWISH EXPLANATION OF THE BIBLICAL ROOTS OR ORIGIN OF GREECE, ITS INHABITANTS AND GREEK COLONIES, GERMANY (“GERMANIC AND CELTIC TRIBES”), ITALY (“ETRUSCANS”), AND SPAIN AND THE TERMS FOR “GERMAN-SPEAKING” AND “SPANISH-SPEAKING” JEWS
Isaac Asimov, Asimov’s Guide to the Bible: The Old and New Testaments (Avenel Books: New York), 1981
Hebrew borrowing from the Greeks during the Assyrian Period
“The Greeks, it seems, must be considered b in biblical terms to be among “the descendants of Japheth.”
[Note: In modern times the geographical location of the “descendants of Japheth” historically was designated as “countries and people living north of the Black and Caspian Sea” but which were also “eurocentrically” during the early part of the 20th century made to include “Western Asia (India) and Southwesern Asia (southern Asia, Indonesia) and Central and Southern Asia (Romania, Ukraine, Southern Russia):
“ASIA MINOR” – “FERTILE CRESCENT” – “WESTERN ASIA” – “WESTERN EURASIA” – “ANATOLIA” – “MODERN TURKEY”:
GEOGRAPHICAL LAND BORDERING THE MEDITERREAN – ON THE SOUTHWESTERN AND WESTERN BOUNDARIES OF EURASIA MEANING GEOGRAPHICAL AREA NEAREST TO AFRICA AND BORDERING THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA
CENTRAL AND SOUTHERN ASIA MEANING
HUNGARY, BOSNIA, SARDINIA, CORSICA, AND “EUROCENTRICALLY” STRETCHED TO INCLUDE NORTH AFRICA ACCORDING TO 18TH, 19TH, AND 20TH CENTURY “RACIAL INTERPRETATIONS AND CLASSIFICATIONS” DURING THE “WHITE PURIFICATION”/”EUROPEAN “GENETIC” CLEANSING “ARYANIZATION AND “PURIFICATION OF U.S. IMMIGRATION LAWS DURING THE LATTER PART OF THE 19TH CENTURY AND EARLY PART OF THE 20TH CENTURY ! ).
HOW THE HEBREW RABBINICAL WRITERS INVENTED OR CREATED OR SOCIALLY CONSTRUCTED“EUROPEANS WHEN WRITING DURING THE “ASSYRIAN PERIOD” OF “EUROPEAN HISTORY” !
HOW “GREEKS” – GERMANS – GERMAN-SPEAKING JEWS – ITALIANS (“ETRUSCANS” WERE INVENTED) !
ISAAC ASIMOV (ISAAC ASIMOV, ASIMOV’S GUIDE TO THE BIBLE: THE OLD AND NEW TESTAMENTS (AVENEL BOOKS: NEW YORK), 1981
“Genesis 9:18: And the Sons of Noah … were Shem, and Ham, and JAPHETH: and Ham is the father of Canaan
“The writers of Genesis may even in this respect have been influenced by Greek traditions, reaching them dimly from the West. for instance, JAPHETH himself has been identified by some with the Titan “IAPETUS” in the Greek myths. (Since the Initial “i” in Hebrew names is pronounced like a” “y” in Hebrew, as is the initial “i” in Greek names, the similarity between Japheth and Iapetus is greater than it appears in print.)
“According to Greek Myths, IAPETUS WAS THE FATHER OF PROMETHEUS AND PROMETHEUS in turn, fathered the human race BY MOLDING THEM OUT OF CLAY (NOTE: ANCIENT EGYPTIAN “KNUM” “MOLDING HUMANITY OUT OF CLAY” !). For fhis reason, Iapetus was considered by the Greeks to be the ancestor of mankind; AND, TO THE HEBREWS, IAPHETH WAS THE ANCESTOR OF THAT PORTION OF MANKIND IN WHICH THE GREEKS BELONGED. THE SONS AND GRANDSONS OF JAPHETH ARE LISTED IN THE TENTH CHAPTER OF GENESIS:
Genesis 10:2: the Sons of Japheth: GOMER, and MAGOG, and MADAI, and JAVAN, and TUBAL, and Meshech, and TIRAS
GOMER: First Born of Japheth
Genesis 1: 3: and the SONS OF GOMER: ASHKENA (NOTE: ASSOCIATED BY THE HEBREWS WITH “GERMAN” AND “JEWS IN GERANY), and Riphath, and Togarmah.
Genesis 10:4: and the SONS OF JAVAN: Elishah and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodamim.
Asimov indicated: “We must remember that such genealogies reflect the geographic and political situation of the Assyrian Period, WHEN THE VARIOUS PARTS OF GENESIS WERE REDUCED TO WRITING.
[SEE “WHEN GENESIS WAS WRITTEN,” BELOW]
Origins of the “Teutonic” or “Germanic Tribal Name CIMMERIANS (ASSOCIATED BY THE HEBREWS WITH NORTHEASTERN EURASIAN “GERMANIC” TRIBES):
GOMER: FIRST BORN OF JAPHETH: identical with the PEOPLE KNOWN AS THE CIMMERIANS:
“CIMMERIANS: LIVED NORTH OF THE BLACK SEA (NOTE: NEVER IDENTIFIED BY THE “EUROCENTRIC HISTORIANS” AS HAVING BEEN “NORTHEAST EURASIA (GERMANY ! ): and of the SON OF JAPHETH, GOMER seems to be identical with the PEOPLE WHO, IN ASSYRIAN INSCRIPTIONS, WERE THE “GIMIRRAI” and these in turn were the PEOPLE KNOWN IN LATIN SPELLING AS THE “CIMMERIANS.”
In earlier times they lived north of the Black Sea but in the Seventh Century B.C., pushed on by new bands of barbarians in the rear, THEYINVADED ASIA MINOR (ANATOLIA, MODERN DAY TURKEY) and MET THE ASSYRIANS THERE IN EARTH-SHAKING BATTLES. They were eventually defeated by the Assyrans, to be sure, but Assyria was badly wounded in the process.
THE CIMMERIANS WOULD CERTAINLY BE IN PROMINENT VIEW AT THE TIME THE TENTH CHAPTER WAS BEING WRITTEN and THEIR EPONYM, “GOMER,” would,
very reasonably, be VIEWED AS THE FIRST-BORN OF JAPHETH.
SCYTHIANS AND ASHKENAZ – “GERMANIC” TRIBES:
GOMER’S SONS: THE PEOPLE KNOWN AS THE THE SCYTHIANS AND THE ASHKENAZ – GERMANIC TRIBES:
“ASHKENAZ” THOUGHT OF AS THE “SCYTHIANS”:
GOMER IS SON OF JAPHETH AND GOMER’S SON IS ASHKENAZ WHO WERE THOUGHT OF AS THE SCYTHIANS: (IT HAS BEEN HISTORICALLY NOTED THAT SOME TIME BEFORE 1000 B.C.). THE SCYTHIANS WERE NOMADIC TRIBES WHO ENTERED EUROPE FROM SOMEWHERE IN CENTRAL ASIA. SOME TIME BEFORE 1000 B.C. ONE OF GOMER’S SONS,
“ASHKENAZ” MAY BE IDENTICAL WITH THE NAME ”ASHGUZA” FOUND AMONG ASSYRIAN INSCRIPTIONS.
ASSYRIAN “ASHGUZA” – HEBREW “ASHKENAZ” – KNOWN TO US AS THE “SCYTHIANS.”
This seems to refer to the PEOPLE KNOWN TO THE GREEKS AND THEREFORE TO OURSELVES, AS THE SCYTHIANS.
[Note: AND THEN BY MANY OF THE ANCIENT WRITERS ALSO KNOWN AS THE “CELTIC” DIVISION OF THE GERMANIC TRIBES]
NORTH OF THE BLACK SEA – ASHKENAZ – GERMANIC TRIBES:
HISTORIANS USE OF “ASHKENAZ” AND “SCYTHIAN” INSTEAD OF “CIMMERIAN”:
It was THEIR (A GERMANIC DIVISION OF GERMANIC TRIBES) PRESSURE SOUTHWARD AGAINST THE CIMMERIANS THAT DROVE THE CIMMERIANS NORTH OF THE BLACK SEA, AND FROM THAT STANDPOINT, ASHKENAZ MIGHT WELL BE CONSIDERED THE ELDEST SON OF GOMER. For some reasons, THE LATER JEWS VIEWED ASHKENAZ AS THE ANCESTOR OF THE TEUTONIC (GERMANIC) PEOPLE.
ORIGIN OF THE USE OF “ASHKENAZIM” AS A DESIGNATION FOR “GERMAN-SPEAKING JEWS” AND “SEPHARDIM” FOR THE “SPANISH-SPEAKING JEWS:
FOR THIS REASON GERMAN-SPEAKING JEWS WERE CALLED “ASHKENAZIM” as contrasted with the SPANISH-SPEAKING “SEPHARDIM.”
MAGOG: SON OF JAPHETH: the LYDIANS:
“As for Magog, That May REPRESENT THE LAND OF GOG WHERE GOG IS THE RULER KNOWN TO US FROM THE GREEK HISTORIANS AS GYGES. HE WAS KING OF THE LYDIANS, A PEOPLE IN WESTERN ASIA MINOR (ANATOLIA, MODERN DAY TURKEY) and Was ONE OF THE IMPORTANT ADVERSARIES OF THE INVADING CIMMERIANS. In Fact, He Died in Battle Against Them about 652 B.c. (Emphasis Added)
“MADAI” – “MEDES”:
MADAI, SON OF JAPHETH:
MADAI IS SUPPOSED TO REFER TO THE MEDES, WHO INHABITED THE TERRITORY EAST OF ASSYRIA, OR THE MEDES WHO WERE TO BE AMONG THE FINAL CONQUERORS OF ASSYRIA.
TUBAL, MESHECH, AND TIRAS ARE ALL THOUGHT TO REPRESENT MINOR TRIBES OF ASIA MINOR.
“TIRAS” – “SON OF JAPHETH” – “TYRSENOI” – THE PEOPLE WHO MIGRATED TO ITALY – THE “ETRUSCANS”:
SON OF JAPHETH: TIRAS: THE PEOPLE WHO MIGRATED TO ITALY: THE ETRUSCANS:
“ THE NAME “TIRAS” BEARS SOME SIMILARITIES TO THE GREEK “TYRSENOI,” WHICH WAS APPLIED TO A PEOPLE WHO, IT WAS THOUGHT, DWELT ORIGINALLY IN ASIA MINOR BUT MIGRATED TO ITALY.
IF SO, TIRAS COULD REPRESENT THE “ETRUSCANS.” (Emphasis Added)
SON OF JAPHETH: JAVAN: IONIAN GREEKS:
THE MOST INTERESTING OF THE SONS OF JAPHETH IS JAVAN.
THIS NAME IS ALMOST CERTAINLY IDENTICAL WITH AN ARCHAIC FORM OF THE GREEK ”ION,” WHO WAS THE EPONYM OF THE IONIANS.
IONIAN GREEKS: THE IONIANS HAD, ABOUT 1000 B.C., MIGRATED EASTWARD TO OCCUPY THE ISLANDS OF THE AEGEAN SEA AND THE COASTS OF ASIA MINOR (PRESENT DAY TURKEY).
OF THE VARIOUS GREEK TRIBES THEY WERE THE NEAREST TO CANAAN AND WOULD BE BEST KNOWN TO THE ISRAELITES OF ASSYRIAN TIMES. THEIR TRIBAL NAME WOULD BE NATURALLY APPLIED TO THE GREEKS GENERALLY. (EMPHASIS ADDED) IT WOULD BE EXPECTED THAT THE SONS OF JAVAN LISTED IN GENESIS 10;4 WOULD REFER TO THOSE GREEK-SPEAKING REGIONS CLOSEST TO ISRAEL.
SON OF JAVAN: ELISHAH: THE PEOPLE OF THE ISLAND OF CYPRUS:
“ELISHAH Seems to Be Similar to the ”ALASHIYAH” FOUND IN ASSYRIAN DOCUMENTS AND THIS REFERS TO THE ISLAND OF CYPRUS.
THIS ISLAND HAD ALREADYBEEN COLONIZED BY GREEKS IN ASSYRIAN TIMES, AND IT WAS THE CLOSEST OF ALL GREEK-SPEAKING LANDS TO CANAAN, BEING ONLY TWO HUNDRED MILES TO THE NORTHEAST.
INDEED CYPRUS IS MENTIONED TWICE, FOR “KITTIM” SURELY REPRESENTS :”KITION” (“CITIUM” IN LATIN), A CITY ON THE SOUTHERN COAST OF THIS ISLAND, THE NAME OF WHICH WAS OFTEN USED FOR THE ENTIRE ISLAND. EmphasisAdded)
SON OF JAVAN: DODANIM: PEOPLE OF THE ISLAND OF RHODES:
DODANIM Is Widely Thought to Be a Misprint for “RODANIM”; in Fact, it Is Given as “RODANIM” in Some Early Copies of the Bible. IF THE NAME IS “RODANIM” THEN IT IS TEMPTING TO EQUATE IT WITH THE ISLAND OF RHODES, TWO HUNDRED MILES WEST OF CYPRUS.
SON OF JAVAN: TARSHISH: PEOPLE IN A CITY OF SPAIN OR TARSUS: AN IMPORTANT GREEK TOWN OR THE GREEKS OF ASIA MINOR GENERALLY. TARSHISH, ON THE
BASIS OF REFERENCES LATER IN THE BIBLE, IS USUALLY TAKEN TO REPRESENT A CITY IN SPAIN.
HOWEVER, IT OCCURS TO ME THAT IN THIS ONE INSTANCE, IT MIGHT REPRESENT TARSUS, AN IMPORTANT GREEK TOWN, A HUNDRED MILES NORTH OF CYPRUS, ON THE SOUTHERN COAST OF ASIA MINOR. IT WAS AN IMPORTANT CITY IN ASSYRIAN TIMES AND MIGHT REPRESENT THE GREEKS OF ASIA MINOR GENERALLY.” (Emphasis Added