Hebrewisms of West Africa has 19 ratings and 2 reviews. Yecheilyah said: I initially rated this book a 5. Coming back to it for some research I am doing. From Egypt to Niger, but we can extend to Guineas and Cap Verde – the Horn of Africa -, a strong Hebrew influence that is not easy to conceive. In the Dial Press of New York published a book by Joseph J. Williams entitled Hebrewisms of West Africa: From Nile to Niger with the.
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HEBREWISMS OF WEST AFRICA, by Joseph J. Williams
Aug 06, Yecheilyah Ysrayl rated it really liked it. I initially rated this book a 5. I was very young when I read it the first time. Joseph J Williams compiles many years of research that hebreqism extensive details into the tribal customs of the people of West Africa. What I love and have always loved is the evidence it provides on the Hebrew customs and traditions practiced by many African Tribal Nations.
Williams also makes some false claims himself as he tries to make the connection between dest Hebrew customs of the bible and African people. Circumcision, the division of the tribes into twelve, blood sprinkling on oof altars and doorposts, separation and afriac after childbirth, menstrual uncleanliness, etc.
While I still hope people will take a chance on it I do understand now why some are hesitant. Not everything here is false and can be validated historically and biblically. It just signals to me the importance of us reading and fact checking for ourselves. Oct 07, Averill rated it liked it. I don’t buy it.
A friend of mine gave me his copy of Williams’ work, to give my opinion, after sitting with a group of Hebrew Israelites. The book is fill to the brim with shaky assumptions, None if any are the authors. He sites ,what feels like a thousand, other writers opinions in an all but comical attempt to prove his idea of this magical “hebrewism” of west Africa.
First, I would like to point out that a people when enslaved are forced to aafrica the religion and culture of their captors. It I don’t buy it. It is foolish to assume that the Israelite traditions survived unscaved from Egyptian influence. Second, it would be foolish, if not racist to believe Egyptian culture is of hebrewwism but african origin.
Hebrewisms of West Africa
In the 4th chapter the author even hints of the ibibio people being a source of spiritual influence of the Egyptians. It is my belief that the Akan people come from such a source and are not the product of magical wandering Hebrews.
The author then in the center of the book deviates entirely from the main theme. To give a weak look at the potential of magical wandering Hebrews. The one story that seems any ways believable of the blood of Judah crossing into Africa is in turn shoot down whole heartily.
The Solomonic line of kings story is debunked as a falsehood. I didn’t give this book one or two stars because of the many references to older sources, but I didn’t agree or buy what the author was selling.
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