Friday, March 15, 2013

Jerusalem Under the Jebusites

Stepped structure of the ancient Jebusite wall

Alice C. Linsley

Under Jebusite rule and earlier, Jerusalem was divided into two cities, the western part called Jeru (Yiru) and the eastern part called Salem (Shalem). Genesis speaks of Melchizedek, the righteous ruler-priest of Jerusalem (Jebu/Yebu). He was likely of the royal house/lineage of Sheba and a kinsmen of Abraham, the Horite Hebrew.

The Jebusites are listed as a people of Canaan in Exodus 3:8, Joshua 12:8, Deuteronomy 7:1, II Chronicles and I Kings 9:20. Genesis 15:19-21 provides this list: "the Kenites, the Kenizzites, Kadmonites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Raphaim, the Amorites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites."

David purchased a threshing floor from the Jebusite chief Araunah and offered sacrifice there. This would have been located at a high elevation where the wind could carry away the chaff. Threshing floors were sacred places for the Jebusites, the Horite Hebrew, and other peoples in the R1b Haplogroup. It may be that Judah's intercourse with a shrine qadesh took place at Timnah, which had a temple dedicated to Hathor, the overshadowed one. Timnah was directly north of Abdullum in Jebusite territory. Judah went to Timnah to visit with his friend from Abdullum and to help with the harvest. The harvest was a time for the hieros gamos, or sacred marriage. Naomi told her daughter-in-law Ruth to approach Boaz at the threshing floor. 

The hieros gamos may have been a ritual in which it was hoped that the Messiah would be conceived. Among the Horite Hebrew devotees of Hathor this ritual likely did not involve sexual intercourse, but the expectation of solar overshadowing. The threshing floors often had the shape of a sun and the "woman" of Genesis 3:15 (not Eve) was excepted to conceive the Seed by divine overshadowing (cf. Gabriel's explanation to Mary in Luke 1). It appears that the stories of Judah-Tamar and the Boaz-Ruth share narrative elements that should be considered in greater depth.
Prince Rotimi Obadofin believes that the biblical Jebusites were Africans. He has written, “perhaps the Jebusites, that is the original of Jerusalem were Ijebu people of today, since Oke-Eri is owned and inhabited by Ijebu people.”

Eri is related to the huge archaeological monument of Eredo. Eridu is also the name of an ancient Sumerian city. In Akkadian Eridu means "home away from home."

Obadofin supports his position by suggesting that “since Queen of Sheba was said to be visiting home when she met king Solomon, I feel strongly that she must have been one of the descendants of those Ijebu (Jebusites) driven away from Jerusalem by king David." Read more here.

The Jebusites are an extant people

Today the Jebu are classified as Yoruba, but the term "Yoruba" applied only after the 18th century. The Jebu identify themselves as distinct from other Yoruba sub-groups by calling themselves Nago-Jebu. The Jebu are also called Ijebu, and in the Bible they are called "Jebusites."

According to African legend, the Yoruba migrated to the Atlantic coast of Nigeria from the east. Some stopped in the region of Lake Chad where they had kin in Bor'no (land of Noah). Their kin were likely the Kanuri tribe, which may explain why some Yoruba have tribal marks similar to those of the Kanuri.

In 1892, the New York Times reported on the Jebu tribe, which controlled the water systems of the Port of Lagos. The king of the Jebu levied taxes on all products carried through his territory. This is consistent with the biblical information concerning Abraham’s cattle-herding Proto-Saharan ancestors who controlled water systems in Central Africa, the Nile, Canaan, and Mesopotamia.

The Jebusites may be related to the Ijebu, an extant people of Nigeria and Benin. The biblical Jebusites were also related to the Edomites who are called "Edo." The Jebusites had close connections with the Horites of Edom whose rulers are listed in Genesis 36. Abraham's territory was entirely in ancient Edom. It extended between the settlements of his two wives. Sarah resided in Hebron and Keturah resided in Beersheba.

Related reading: Kushite Diversity and Unity; The Jebusites Unveiled; History Channel's Bible Series Scores a C; History Channel's Bible Series: Episode 2; Hazor's Destruction: Another Theory


  1. Edomites from Edom, Adomah, red earth...Tokyo was Edo
    Semites from Sem...Xym/Shem/Siam
    "Xyambuatlaya" appears to be a very deep linguistic toponymic root (eg. Himba, Himalaya, Bimbache, Siam, Champa, Malaya, Cambodia, Atalaya, Nahuatl, boat, wat, Botai, Mbo, Botswana, many many more).

    The Kashgari 'Ainu' note is interesting.

  2. Abraham's ancestors came out of Central Africa, near Lake Chad and the Nile Valley. The Bible refers to these ruler-priests as Horite Hebrew and they served a royal temples from central Africa to Southern Europe, India, and Central Asia. The Ijebu, the Ido of Benin and many other groups are named in the Bible. IJebu is Jebusite and Ido is Edo/Edom. The Hebrew text of the Bible originally had no vowels, so you have to consider the roots: JB and (Y)D.


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