Hebrew Israelite Myth #10 - Easu is white and Jacob is black.
Hebrew Israelite Verses Used : Genesis 25:25 "Now the first came forth red,all over like a hairy garment; and they named him Esau."
Response: The Hebrew Israelites read into this text that because it says Easu "came out red" that he must be white because you can see the blood flowing on a white man and it creates a red appearance. In addition they state because nothing was said about the color of Jacob that he must be black.
This is problematic because it actually tells us what color Easu was, Red, the Hebrew word Admoni. There are also several other prominent Hebrews that were also called Admoni, namely King David, King Solomon, and Esther ?
Here are the verses describing these persons as "Admoni" Ruddy/Red:
- EASU Gen 25:25 And the first came out red (admoni), all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
- King DAVID 1 Sam 16:12 12So he sent and brought him in. Now he was ruddy (admoni), with beautiful eyes and a handsome appearance. And the LORD said, "Arise, anoint him; for this is he."
- King DAVID 1 Sam 17:42 42 When the Philistine looked and saw David, he disdained him; for he was but a youth, and ruddy(admoni), with a handsome appearance.
- King Solomon Song of Solomon 5:10 - My beloved is white and ruddy (admoni) , the chiefest among ten thousand.
- Apocrypha - Additions to Esther 15:5“And she was ruddy (admoni) through the perfection of her beauty, and her countenance was cheerful and very amiable: but her heart was in anguish for fear.
External Source : Strong's Concordance
- admoni: red, ruddy
- Original Word: אַדְמוֹנִי
- Part of Speech: Adjective
- Transliteration: admoni
- Phonetic Spelling: (ad-mo-nee')
- Short Definition: ruddy
Commentary from the Cambridge Bible for Scholars
- 25. red] R.V. marg. ruddy. The adjective refers to the skin rather than to the hair, as in the case of David (1 Samuel 16:12). The Heb. for “red,” admoni, is intended as a play on the word “Edom,” as if the Edomites were known as “the Reds,” or “Redskins,” on account of their warm complexion.
- like an hairy garment] Cf. the description in Genesis 27:11-12; Genesis 27:16; Genesis 27:23. The word for “hairy” (sê‘ar) contains a play on the word “Seir,” the country of the Edomites.
- Esau] The origin of the name is uncertain, but it may possibly be connected with an Arabic word meaning “thick-haired.” More doubtful is the suggested identification with Οὐσῶος, a hunter in Phoenician mythology. Esau appears as the poetical name for Edom. See Jeremiah 49:8-10; Obadiah 1:6; Obadiah 1:8 ff.; Malachi 1:2-3.