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Old September 21st, 2009, 10:09 AM   #1
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Original homeland of the Israelites


If Canaan was the promised land where did the Israelites live before they migrated to Egypt?
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Old September 21st, 2009, 10:17 AM   #2

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geograpgically and historically speaking, i think the hebrews originally existed either in canaan or at least on the borders of it. iirc, the egyptians actually originally employed them as mercenaries to keep egypt's enemies in canaan and beyond from invading
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I assume you are talking about what is written in the Torah. Before going to Egypt there were but 3 generations - the forefathers: Abraham, Yizkhak, Ya'akov.

The book of Bereshith (Genesis) states that Abraham came from Babylon into Canaan, and that was the land God promised to give his seed, that would be as numerous as stars in the the sky, or something to that effect. They were nomads, shepherds of goats and sheep. The land was promised to the future generations before Egypt.

Ya'akov received the name Israel, and his sons are the first Israelites, and they have gone down into Egypt during the famine, as stated in Shmot (Exodus).
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Where do the Hebrews originate from?


Mesopotamia? Palestine? Egypt? Arabia?

And the reason I'm giving those options is that they existed in all of those regions in ancient times.
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The best answer to this question is the first chapter of Wanderings: History of the Jews by Chaim Potok. He covers what is known and not known about the Mesopotamian and Sumerian people and their relation to his people. Although written for the layman (for that reason interesting) it is also obvious that he has done his homework. If there was only one book that the non-jew should read to round out his education I would recommend this book.
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Re: Where do the Hebrews originate from?


Their origins are unknown.
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The best answer to this question is the first chapter of Wanderings: History of the Jews by Chaim Potok. He covers what is known and not known about the Mesopotamian and Sumerian people and their relation to his people. Although written for the layman (for that reason interesting) it is also obvious that he has done his homework. If there was only one book that the non-jew should read to round out his education I would recommend this book.
First, does it refer to religious references? If so, then I don't consider any religious sources as historical references.

I've heard that modern Iraqi Jews are the very pure Hebrews.

Thank you for the book, I'll look forward to checking it out.
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Their origins are unknown.
Possibly.

Maybe because they wander all the time? They even wandered in Europe...
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You will also enjoy the book.
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Canaan, if you think archeology holds more weight than a book of propaganda.
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