They are named in Genesis 49 as: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Zebulon, Issachar, Dan, Gad, Asher, Napthali, Joseph, Benjamin.
Three of them started their tribes by marrying non-Semites. Judah married a Canaanite, (a descendant of Ham not Sem or Shem). See Genesis 38. His offspring were thus as Hamitic as they were "Semitic" right from the start. Four hundred years later, around 1300 BC, descendants of Judah's half-Hamitic son, Shelah, were weavers and potters (I Chronicles 2:3; 4:21-3). They were still producing "Jews."
Simeon, another of Israel's tribe-founding sons, married a Canaanite (Genesis 46:10).
Israel's son Joseph married the daughter of the Hamitic Potiphar in Egypt. Egypt was setttled and peopled by Mizrain, son of Ham. It was called "the land of Ham" (Numbers 12:1; Psalms 78:51; 106:22, 105:23).
Moses was not a Jew. He was a Levite on both sides (Exodus 2:1). Abraham, his son Isaac, and his son Jacob, called "Israel," were not Jews either. Only one of Jacob's twelve sons had "Jews" as descendants — that was Judah. Grabbing the whole Bible, as modern Pharisees do, is false. However, it is likewise false for Christians to deny the identifying genealogy of Christ through Judah, as Biblically foretold.
In monotonous repetition the books of Joshua and Judges record that although the Israelites were triumphant in their battles against the Canaanites, they let the abominators remain and intermarried with them. For example: "But the Jebusites dwell with the children of Judah at Jerusalem unto this day." ( Joshua 15:63) "Neither did Ephraim [also Manasseh] drive out the Canaanites ... but the Canaanites dwelt among them ... And the children of Benjamin did not drive out the Jebusites that inhabited Jerusalem; but the Jebusites dwell with the children of Benjamin in Jerusalem to this day." ( Judges 1:21)
And the children of Israel dwelt among the Canaanites, Hittites, and Amorites and Perizzites and Hivites, and Jebusites. And they took their daughters to be their wives, and gave their daughters to their sons and served their gods. And the children of Israel did evil in the sight of the Lord and served Baalim and the groves. ( Judges 3:57)
The denunciations of the Israel kingdom are superlative on the subject of mixing with abominators, making "altars to sin." "Ephraim [the dominant Israel tribe] hath mixed himself among the people." ( Hosea 7:8; 8:9, 11, etc.) Isaiah called them "the drunkards of Ephraim." ( Isaiah 28:1, 3) The charges of mixing with abominators, whoring "under every green tree" ( Isaiah 57:5; Deuteronomy 12:2) hardly builds up a foundation of genealogical purity.
From 1095 to 975 BC there was a united Israel kingdom under Kings Saul, David and Solomon. Then the ten-tribe Northern Israel kingdom divided, lasting until deported by the Assyrians in 721 BC. The Judah-Benjamin Jerusalem kingdom lasted until 606 BC., when its people were deported by the Babylonians.
The miracle of how Judaistic Pharisaism has convinced the Christian world that its adherents stem from a pure Judah-Israel racial stock cannot be fathomed, since Christians have access to the Biblical record itself.
In Christ's time, when the Pharisees boasted that they were children of Abraham, John and Christ threw the boast back into their faces. ( Matthew 3:7-10; John 8:33-44)
When the little German lady who boasted to me of her Jewishness at the Bible conference, said, "We are children of Abraham," I replied: "Lots of people are. In fact, God changed Abram's name to Abraham, meaning a 'father of many nations,' saying: 'for a father of many nations have I made thee' ( Genesis 17:5)."
Abraham did not just father the tribe of Judah. Through his grandson, Jacob, came the 12 mixed-blood tribes of Israel. He had 16 offspring by Keturah, who fathered a horde of [page 57] Eastern peoples, Midians, Arabs, etc. Through his son Ishmael, born of the Hamitic Egyptian Hagar, twelve separate nations were founded. The great blessing promised through Abraham was Christ.
Even at the time of Christ the time had long since passed when it could be said that the racial melange comprising the inhabitants of the Holy Land were identifiable as "Semites" or "Jews."
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