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Mary Fairchild

Was Samson of the Bible a Black Man?

By March 12, 2013

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The quick answer: probably not.

The Bible: The Epic Mini-Series DVD
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"The Bible" mini-series now airing on The History Channel (Sunday evenings from March 3-31), caused quite a flurry of online queries this week regarding the skin color of Samson, the Bible's enigmatic, self-indulgent super hero.

In the book of Judges, we learn that Samson's father was Manoah, an Israelite from the tribe of Dan. He lived in the town of Zorah, about 15 miles west of Jerusalem. Samson's mother, on the other hand, is unnamed in the biblical account. For this reason, the producers may have assumed her heritage to be unknown and decided to cast her as a woman of African descent.

We know for certain that Samson's mother worshiped and followed the God of Israel. Interestingly, there is a strong hint in Judges 14 indicating that Samson's mother was also from the Jewish tribal lineage of Dan. When Samson wanted to marry a Philistine woman from Timnah, both his mother and father objected, asking, "Isn't there even one woman in our tribe [emphasis mine] or among all the Israelites you could marry ... Why must you go to the pagan Philistines to find a wife?" (Judges 14:3)

So, it's highly unlikely that Samson was as dark-skinned as he was portrayed in part two of "The Bible" mini-series.

All of these queries raise another question for me: Does it really matter? The casting of Samson as a black man didn't bother me. Curiously, those British accents coming from Hebrew characters seemed to feedback awkwardly to my senses, more ill-chosen than the color of Samson's skin.

Ultimately, I can resolve to embrace a bit of literary license, especially when the production attempts to faithfully maintain the spirit and essence of the biblical account. I'm thrilled to see the Bible's timeless stories, its miraculous events and life-changing lessons come to life on my television screen. Perhaps somewhat flawed in its interpretation of Scripture, "The Bible" mini-series is far more enriching than most of today's "idiot box" offerings.

One last question: Samson's dreadlocks? Absolutely! They nailed it with his hair.

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Comments
March 12, 2013 at 8:12 pm
(1) Shlomo says:

Read…From Babylon to Timbuktu
Revelation 2:9, 3:9
Genesis 10 (ASHKENAZ JEWS are gentiles)
The Zondervan’s bible dictionary, Ham: the progenitor of the dark races but not the negro, as they are the original Yisraelites from Shem and the people in Yisrael today are Japhetic and their ancestors are Khazarian converts into Judaism

That was a spot on depiction of Samson…why do you think he has dreadlocks. A black person’s hair will naturally lock up when left untouched…also check Song of Solomon for a description of his hair, and by the way, those same Danites being flown into to Yisrael by the thousands today are from the same tribe as Samson (Dan)

March 13, 2013 at 8:15 am
(2) Curious says:

It is more believeable to see people of color than see the all European in the film which is the biggest untrue account of history.

March 13, 2013 at 1:11 pm
(3) Susan Starnes says:

To me if you are going to do a movie about the bible it should be factural thus if Samson was not black it should not be betrayed as such. It should matter to every Christian that Gods word is told correctly. I am now in the process of trying to study this subject out because I want to know the truth . Why? you might ask ,because I want to be able to give a lost person an answer when they ask me. I hope you do to.

March 13, 2013 at 8:38 pm
(4) Albert says:

I whole-heartedly believe that Samson’s skin was probably at the very least tawny because of the lineage and the characteristics of his hair. Although it means very little to me, I am more curious to see how the producers portray Jesus. Ms. Starnes states, “if you are going to be a movie about the bible it should be factual”. With that expressed Ms. Starnes (and others), please don’t be angry if we see skin of bronze and hair like wool in a couple of weeks…I’m just saying.

March 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm
(5) Andy says:

Well Jews look alot more white than they do black

March 13, 2013 at 11:44 pm
(6) Phillip says:

I don’t know what Bible you are readiing “Shlomo”, but the book of revelation is about Christ addressing the church of Smyrna, and is an litterally meanings “Unveiling”. Because it’s about Christ. As far as Samson I He was a Jew and this was why His parents were concerned when he chased the Phillistine women. Not that it matters. Jesus looks like one of the Bee Gees as usual they portray him with the looks of a GQ model. There were many mistakes in this series but it had nothing to do with casting. Why did they not show that God destroyed Sodom and Gommorah of the Homosexuality, and ungodliness.

March 14, 2013 at 2:21 am
(7) Marcus says:

Were ancient Hebrews black in skin color? No
Were ancient Egyptians black in skin color? No
Black Pharaohs didn’t appear in Egypt until the 26th dynasty approximately 750 BC from Nubia/Ethiopia. Ancient Egyptians depicted themselves as reddish brown in skin color and ancient Hebrews as yellow in skin color and hairy denoting them as Asians. Ancient Egyptians did depict Ancient Nubians as black in skin color. Therefore, Samson was not black or any other Hebrew. Original Egyptians were reddish brown and Kmet = land color.

March 14, 2013 at 8:43 am
(8) J.C. Scott says:

Samson’s skin color only matters if one wants to be historically accurate. If historical accuracy is irrelevant, then it makes no difference whether Aristotle is portrayed as an Asian, Martin Luther King is portrayed as a Spaniard, or Napoleon is portrayed as an African American.

March 14, 2013 at 11:55 am
(9) al cook says:

I could not really get involved in the series nearly as much as my KJV.
What little I did watch of the series was somewhat dissapointing and frankly somewhat jaded in typical Hollywood fashion.
If one reads the Bible,you will find that to add to or take away from the incarnate word of God is an abominable sin and is punishable with a sin or mortal death.Revelation 22 vs 18-19 is very clear on this subject.
I personally think that the episode about Sampson is nothing more than a feeble attempt to further glorify the dynasty of a Demi-god,Barrack Hussein Obama.

March 14, 2013 at 8:04 pm
(10) Dan says:

Burke and his wife were on TV telling everyone they were producing a miniseries true to the Bible. They laughed at DeMiles epic, the Ten Commandments, relating a story of how their kids wanted them to make it realistic and not phoney like the Ten Commandments film. So far, if you are not a biblical illiterate, you will have all kinds of objections to what they say is the true bible story. Does it matter if Samson was not a black man? Of course it does, for on thing if they are considering this as keeping it real then what else is being reshaped into their version? I have read a lot about other comments on other sites where they think it is not big deal, in fact some think it is cool to make Samson Black. I don’t care except for the false presentation — a case of knowing too much about a subject and where “ignorance” is bliss. But really, there is not excuse. Samson Black, okay, and the Angels in Sodom do their sword Nija thing? No mention of the Lord of YaHWeH leading the Israel and then moving behind them in a piller of Smoke and fire, keeping the Egyptians at bay until the crossing. Stuff like that, not really true to the Book, not as advertised. Sorry, but I am disappointed and really did like the Movie Ten Commandments. It seems that making it real means to remove all of the miraculous. Even the story of Samson was not told according to the Book, but by someone else’s imagination. They have rewritten the story as opposed to being true to the Book.

March 14, 2013 at 8:26 pm
(11) Beth says:

Ms. Fairchild asked: “Does it really matter?” Regarding Sampson’s skin color. Well, to you, maybe it doesn’t. To me, it certainly DOES. Why? Because I feel it’s better to be Biblically correct, than politically correct. I realize the people were definitely darker skin than a Caucasian, but if they are going to tell a story of such great importance, it’s important to keep relevant. I love this mini-series, but I also know now, to take what I see, with a grain of salt.

March 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm
(12) Beth says:

Ms. Fairchild asked: “Does it really matter?” Regarding Sampson’s skin color. Well, to you, maybe it doesn’t. To me, it certainly DOES. Why? Because I feel it’s better to be Biblically correct, than Politically correct. I realize the people were definitely darker skin than a Caucasian, but if they are going to tell a story of such great importance, it’s important to keep relevant!

March 15, 2013 at 3:56 pm
(13) Raspus says:

It matters greatly to me. That is why I stopped watching the series. I haven’t believe in Christianity for years, but I still love learning about it as I find it to be an interesting book of tales. The problem is this, if you believe the Bible, then you do NOT believe in evolution. Since race is the product of evolution, but evolution does not exist (from a Christian standpoint), then there can only be one race of man. If man was created in the image of God, then only one race is the real race and the rest are simply animals.

Maybe Hollywood will turn the tables one day and create another movie about the Zulu, only this time, the Zulus will all be Asians. See how they like that.

March 15, 2013 at 8:16 pm
(14) Ryan says:

Politically correct garbage.. Of course it matters, the only time we’re asked “well does it really matter what race they were anyways” is when they are exalting the image of a brown skin person at the expense of Europeans/light skinned peoples

March 16, 2013 at 10:40 am
(15) Alwyn Gray says:

I was very disappointed and will not be watching the rest of the series. If you say you are truly going to tell the Bible story then do so without adding or taking away the true facts as they are written. It was not true to the Bible. But then, Hollywood always does it their own way. They will have to live with this. One thing is for sure you can change the channel. Thank goodness for that.

March 16, 2013 at 10:26 pm
(16) Joanne says:

Although this series appears to be a noble attempt to bring the Bible in the form of theatre to a viewing public, it is definitely not without error. In the first episode, Genesis 22:5 ….Omitted: Abrahams promises to return with Isaac and instructs others to remain behind with the donkey. Abraham knew what God was requiring of him and he also knew that God could/would raise Isaac from the dead if necessary, and he wouldn’t be bringing him back on a stretcher. I also don’t recall Sarah running up Mt. Moriah wailing, she was most likely languishing back at the tent. The second episode portrays Samson as a black man. I would suggest the producers of the film should not attempt to insult the intelligence of astute Christians or for that matter biblical scholars. This is a cheap attempt to bring diversity and “political correctness” to this production and mimmicks what hollywood is currently peddling. That being said, if the glory of God can shine through this presentation of the bible inspite of its flaws, and the message of salvation reaches even one soul, then as was promised, “my word shall not return unto me void” Isaiah 55:11.

March 17, 2013 at 4:19 pm
(17) Dee says:

Susan, your main concern when witnessing to a non believer is to let them know that Jesus is their Savior and they can have a new life through Him. Not what color He or anyone else was. I think that might be the reason “color” has been left out, becuase that is not the “Big Message.” God’s salvation is for everyone!!

March 17, 2013 at 5:47 pm
(18) Deedee says:

What does it matter? Well, it matters because you can’t change history!! To ask what it matters if we change the color of Samson’s skin would be akin to portraying MLK in a movie as white and asking, “What does it matter”?

March 17, 2013 at 8:53 pm
(19) curt says:

The bible says Samson’s hair was braided. It doesnt say it was kinky like most negro peoples. His hair was never to be cut, so dont you think it was very very long if let out full straight length? So, he braided it to shorten the length and to manage it. White girls often braid their hair, but it isnt kinky. Why do black people feel so inferior that they have to try to create and believe unfactual things to make them feel better about themselves. If he was black, great, if its factual. But Jewish peoples have fair skin and light hair as well as darker skins. After all they were in the mediterranean sea area. Blacks Affrican Negro races were generally south of Egypt. Although Egypt was taken over and ruled by blacks to the south in part of their history. It doesnt really matter that much, but dont infer something without hard evidence to back it up. Ask a real archeologist and or a real anthropologist or a real biblical scholar who specializes in the subject and not some internet dudes that just throw a bunch of trash around.

March 17, 2013 at 9:34 pm
(20) actionbuzz says:

These blogs have me laughing, particularly those that assume that every Biblical character was Caucasion, fair skinned and never from the mother continent Africa (which, by the way, was where the Garden of Eden was) and never, never dark skinned. Sampson could very well have been a dark skinned man with natural locks — not a blonde haired or brown haired man. Maybe we have had too many centuries of lies and denials that God created and calls men/women from every cultural, ethnicity and sex. We need to ask Him to deliver us from these lies and the bondage they have brought upon those who read His Word through single lens (those who are short-sighted). Let’s not put God in a box — and let’s not try to write a Bible or produce a movie that comes from a European view only.

March 17, 2013 at 11:23 pm
(21) J says:

Author of this article . . . there is a possibility that Samson was Black, because in his description it is said that Samson had Dreadlocks. One reference to his dreadlocks is Judges 16:19. This is not to claim that only Blacks grew dreadlocks at this time but perhaps this is the reason why the scholars behind the sences believe he may be Black. Lets not forget the existence of Black Jews also .
Thanks

March 18, 2013 at 7:34 am
(22) Mary says:

Joanne –
The Genesis 22 reenactment in the first episode bothered me, too, much more than the errors and ad-libs in the story of Samson. The Sarah drama was pure fiction and totally unnecessary. The way the scene concluded also suggested that Isaac no longer trusted his father Abraham after God provided the lamb. This, to me, was the greatest error in interpreting Scripture. Isaac willingly became the sacrifice because of his faith and trust in his father and in his God. He watched and learned from his father Abraham, one of the most faithful men of the Bible. He is a true picture of Jesus Christ.

March 18, 2013 at 10:43 am
(23) Millie S says:

The color of skin is not important. That is why it is not mentioned so much in the Bible because God loves everyone regardless of color. The only reason I would like to know for sure ( I am studying this as we speak) is to point out to someone concerned over mixed marriages that it was quite acceptable in the Bible with some of God’s most important people. We need to accept everyone regardless of color. It is not our place to judge for any reason, let alone color.

March 18, 2013 at 11:47 am
(24) Ladd says:

Before anyone starts to depict the Bible, they should read the last four scriptures in Revelation……….
Rev. 22;18, I am bearing witness to everyone who hears the words of the prophesy of this scroll; If anyone makes an addition to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this scroll. 19, and if anyone takes anything away from the words of the scroll of this prophesy. God will take his portion away from the trees of life and out of the holy city, things that were written about in this scroll.
20, “He that bears witness of these things says, ‘yes; I am “coming quickly,”
“Amen! Come, Lord Jesus,”
21, (May) the undeserved kindness of the Lord Jesus Christ (be) with the holy ones.

Best wishes, Ladd

March 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm
(25) brently68 says:

This new age blackness crap has got to stop. Christ wasn’t black, Sampson wasn’t black, and you shouldn’t insert a black person into every show just to conform with Hollywood’s new standard. Same with gays.

March 18, 2013 at 1:03 pm
(26) Jim says:

It would be fine If the casting of a black man to play Samson was a decision based on the best talent available to play the part, but I think most of us see the casting as just another tiresome example of some moron’s vision of political correctness.

March 18, 2013 at 2:43 pm
(27) Mark says:

If you were to tell the whole story of the Bible from beginning to end, with nothing left out, it would take at least a year to air. So take this series for what it is, entertainment, taken from a book that people mis-intrepit constantly. Sit down, watch the show and shut up.

March 18, 2013 at 5:50 pm
(28) Paula says:

I agree with the statements about using factual information in the movie and not trying to be politically correct. I, too, noticed that Sarah was portrayed as going to the mountain when I find nothing in the Holy Bible that says anything about that. And, if you think it doesn’t matter about Samson’s skin color, then why bother to portray any of the characters correctly? From the episodes that I have watched of “The Bible” on TV, I believe that great thought and preparation had to go into the making of this movie. So why not try to portray it correctly ALL the way through the episodes?

March 18, 2013 at 10:26 pm
(29) study not guess says:

So many of you are playing off of other people’s comments and it is quite obvious you have not studied any of the Bible. And for the person who said it is the worst representation of history than any other source, it is clear of their lack of faith. Don’t be afraid to pick up a copy of The Holy Bible and get into a non-denominational study of the bible (there are dozens around) and actually start reading it. Really praying for HIS guidance. The Old Testament is complex and shows God’s angry with his people. The New Testament, by contrast, teaches us hope, faith, the way to eternal life, the joys of believing and grace. It is better to take a few years of the overview of the whole and then delve into the books in detail. There is no other book on earth that gives the answers to how things are, why things are, the answers to any problem and continue strength in our souls. Only those who are afraid to be enlightened will not study the Bible. Don’t take others words as yours…study and find your own truths. Personally, the NIV version with full footnotes is one of the easier to understand. I have been studying the word of God since I was 12 and I learn something new and insightful every day. God’s word is warm and comforting. Most all else is cold and conflicting. Try God’s word on for a true change in your life and how you see life.

March 19, 2013 at 12:27 am
(30) Crystal says:

Marcus above has no clue what he’s talking about. He clearly got his information from scholars who want you to believe exactly what he just said.

It is amazing to me that somehow in a region where black people would and should be represented in great number, they never are– or you have people like Marcus who claim that they should NOT be. Somehow Asians and Europeans made claim to that region and “blacks” were nowhere to be found. lol Okay…Yeah, right.

March 19, 2013 at 2:24 am
(31) zuma says:

Don’t you know that there are african israelist or jews??? why are people in USA so stupid. have you been too africa? travel to israel and east africa before writing your stupid article..
Samson being african is more accurate than jesus, abraham, Noah looking more White or Europeen than Middle Eastern

March 19, 2013 at 2:00 pm
(32) Paula says:

I have to agree with the rest of you, it was such a shock to watch Samson as a black man. Not that its that big a deal but when you’ve heard the story over and over through the years, something like that had never come to light. My biggest problem with the mini series is the way that Mary (our Mother) was portrayed. She was depicted as a fearful clueless little girl, not the woman of God I have heard and read about for the last 55 years. In my mind, Mary would have been calm, peaceful, quiet, serene. She is supposed to be the model of a holy woman, that we women of faith should immulate.

March 20, 2013 at 7:00 am
(33) deferdog says:

to actionbuzz, if you have done any research into the garden of eden you would have found out that archeologists today believe that the garden of eden was located in ancient Iraq not Africa as you believe. do some research next time before you say somthing like this. also all though I did enjoy the series they made to many changes to the true Bible to suit their interpertation. Samson was a Jew or Hebrew as they were called back then not a Black man. and to have all of the actors portrayed as light skinned whites was wrong too. I believe that there are many actors out there who have dark hair and darker skin to play the Hebrews of the Old Testament.

March 20, 2013 at 12:56 pm
(34) Atlriser says:

Wow! The majority of you are such hypocrites. I have no right to this judgement and am sinning in saying such but do not use the message of Christianity as your weapon to justify oppressing others or feeling superior to anyone. That is the devil’s word and not God’s word when you do! Jesus did not see color! Furthermore, you read your KJV or whatever modern version of the Bible and assume what you are reading is what was written in the original text and follow it blindly. The KJV is full of erroneous translations made by white men to promote white men when it was written as many versions translated over the centuries were done to favor or oppress people. That is our evil humanity and what the Resurrection of Jesus cleanses in mankind. I am a white man and can say this because I believe in the message and love of God not the ‘translations’ made from generation to generation. Many of what you comment about completely contradicts the true message of the New Testament that Christians are suppose to believe. Your comments might seem harmless based on your desire for accuracy and such irrelevant mankind emotions to rank this or justify that; however, your sinful humanity gives away the underlying reasons why you would even feel a need to worry as to the skin color of Samson. How is loving one another accurate or inaccurate? It seems to this sinner you miss the point entirely which Jesus teaches mankind in the Gospels. Love one another as I have loved you!

Last thought I will share. All sins are sins of equal value to God because he is without sin. Humanity ranks sins as more or less and those rankings change with time and culture. God does not rank sins as being less sinful or more sinful because he is without sin and therefore any sin is a SIN! God is love not a color, culture, sex, church, nation, or any other human concept based on rankings that this world uses daily to place where each of us fit in it.

March 20, 2013 at 7:09 pm
(35) Me says:

Skin color aside, why in the series did Sampson not have a father? Clearly in the Bible he has a father. What are their intentions, he wasn’t born of immaculate conception.

March 24, 2013 at 3:54 pm
(36) Lulu says:

The truth shall be revealed to us when we have gone on to our reward. Until then, be happy that someone has chosen to show us the stories of the Bible based on the fact we don’t have Polaroids of the original characters. I’m just grateful that THE STORIES are being showed, not necessarily the color of the skin. Appreciate what is given to you instead of reviling the casting choices of the movie.

March 24, 2013 at 3:57 pm
(37) Dan says:

The entire world will soon know one of the most guarded secrets of all time. The people that were taken from the continent of Africa and enslaved by the Europeans were not Africans at all. Those that are called Jews today are really Khazars converts. The true Israelites are black and always have been. Ancient Egyptians were black as well not the Arabs you see posing as Egyptians today.

March 24, 2013 at 4:28 pm
(38) BibleGal says:

Here is the bottom line:

News flash if you are remotely into the bible, you know race does not matter. If you are on this site claiming it matters, and you are a Christian then SHAME ON YOU.

History has been inaccurate about a lot of things and NONE OF US WERE THERE, so it’s not important. Most individuals back then were in areas were individuals had dark skin.

I don’t care, but if you really want to put a twist on the issue: Hair like Wool(Nappy is wool) Bronze could never be confused with Light.
You know this is Jesus I am speaking of

Revelation 1: 12-17)
” I turned around to see the voice that was speaking to me. And when I turned I saw seven golden lampstands, and among the lampstands was someone “like a son of man,”dressed in a robe reaching down to his feet and with a golden sash around his chest. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and his eyes were like blazing fire. His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters.

March 24, 2013 at 5:12 pm
(39) Ms. Mittens says:

God made all races of people. Hollywood only protrays 99.999% of the time people who are not of color, as if the whole world is white. Of the twelve tribes there is one, of people of color. And they are Jews. So, was Samson a man of color? Could be. Samson means ” Man of the Sun”.
It was not the color of Samson’s skin that the Philsitiens said not to mix it was because of who they served.
Kudoo’s to Zuma. Maybe your comments will open the eye’s of many people.
And people should stop giving scriptures as if God didn’t make people of color.

March 24, 2013 at 8:09 pm
(40) Lorenzo says:

What’s all the fuss about Samson? Very few people had a problem with white Europeans playing the rest of the characters and that is BLATANTLY wrong. I want to see how many of you are in an uproar when Jesus has bronzed/brown skin and the hair of wool and not the European A&F model that has been depicted en masse despite what the Word says. Revelation 1:14, 15 – His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters;

March 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm
(41) Paige says:

Samson descended from the tribe of Dan. Conversely, Ethopian Jews also descend from the tribe of Dan, therefore it is quite possible that Samson was, in fact, black. Though it could also be that Samson was of another race, it is still up for debate. However we do know with certainty that he wasn’t white.

March 25, 2013 at 5:07 pm
(42) Delores says:

Watched the last few weeks, & will continue to watch but am not sure about a black Samson I am definitely watching with Bible in hand, to check the facts. Some things are correct & some aren’t, & it shouldn’t matter what version they took it from.

March 29, 2013 at 2:06 pm
(43) Edward Maxwwell Jr says:

Why are we as believers so hung up on race? Whether Samson was black is certainly and irrelevant. The description of Jesus in the Book of Revelations is described as having the hair of steel Wool. And the despicable reference to our President’s resemblance of the man who played the devil shows who we really are and how far we need to go. The bible is full of distinct references of black people throughout it and God does this to get us ready for the Kingdom. After all the ole song says, “When all of God’s children get to heaven what a time, what a time, what a time…. We should embrace without prejudice all of God’s children. What if you get to Purlie gates and find out that God is not Caucasian – turn around and go to hell. We need to all love one another as God has loved us. The series has been fantastic and blessed.

March 31, 2013 at 1:50 pm
(44) John says:

This history channel bible story of Samson is way wrong ,I am of jewish decent I over half jewish, get this your facts straight philistines where giants of their time this movie. I take great offence to isrealites where not black ,they where of olive skin, my is over a third jewish decent my family is deeply offended of this movie,it so far from the truth it a blasphemy of gods word, get your facts straight or leave the bible alone !!!

April 1, 2013 at 1:55 am
(45) Cheezy Rider says:

Frankly, if I see an ad for a movie that says it depicts Bible stories, I expect to see NO black faces. The Bible is about Jews, and I know of no black Jews in the Bible.

Why Simon, who helped Jesus carry his cross, was made black in this series I think because of a precedent set by Sidney Poitier playing the part in The Greatest Story Ever Told, with Max Von Sydow as Jesus.
But a black Samson? Political Correctness supplanting historical correctness is something no thinking person should tolerate.

There is a responsibility one has when retelling history. There are going to be children and young people who will actually think that Samson was black thanks to this series. I see such revisionist history as insidious and meant to supplant real history to advance an agenda.

That said, I LOVE the Obama is Satan reference in this series, whether it was intended or not.

April 1, 2013 at 10:20 pm
(46) Mekale says:

The true Hebrew Israelites were the negros, Hispanics, natives and other colored people of the world. Just read Deuteronomy 28 and see the curses that have befallen the chosen people for not obeying the laws, statutes and commandments. I know I’ll catch a lot of flack for this but I know what is true and the point is this is the biggest cover up in human history, to hide who the true Israelites are. However it is prophesied and promised by the Most High that he will wake his people up and return them once again to them homeland in the last days. 1948 was a hoax. If you read your bible and pray for understanding you will see…it’s only a matter of time before the world finds out…http://youtu.be/rgI_cbx35Nc

April 2, 2013 at 12:10 am
(47) Alicia says:

The revisionist history has already taken place my friend..if u believe that old King James had the bible “interpreted” correctly u r far from wrong history has bren revisioned and white washed for centuries! It was well known to the people of medieval times that Jesus and Mary were black..they were potrayed in art as black hence all depictions were ordered to be destroyed and new images ordered to be painted of Jesus depicting him as white..Jews do not look the same today and many would say they are not of the original tribed at sll mixed race people…being black does not mean ur skin is of the color of black ink black people today snd then come in many shades Eygtians Nubians Caanites all claimed the same heritage descendants of Ham…Eygptian history slso stated that they Egyptians came nirth to Egypt from Ethipia…history has already been revisioned by the “vucors” art documents books libraries buildings destroyed books of the bible have been destroyed to cover up real history…the Bible we read is not complete or accurately interpreted…

April 2, 2013 at 9:56 am
(48) Sonnie says:

I am only interested in whether Sampson was a black man or not because this film was supposed to be telling us a true account of biblical history. We have always been led to believe he was white. If Sampson was black, I have no problem with that. I just wish when producers of these film try to depict their film as the truth that they have their facts straight. I have been reading the bible about different events and have not found anything definitive about Sampson’s race so where does their info come from. Dreadlocks is described as matted pieces of hair,etc. so that does not mean only blacks could have had dreadlocks at that time. Let us try to be more factual when we produce these films or don’t produce them.

April 3, 2013 at 12:23 pm
(49) Michelle says:

Boy reading all the hateful comments makes you see that God still has a lot of work to do before Jesus returns.

April 5, 2013 at 11:23 am
(50) Sean says:

Amen Michelle!!!

April 7, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(51) Kay says:

Are you kidding me? Having a black man play Samson would be like having George Clooney play the part of Martin Luther King! We would never hear the end of it from the black community. Get real.

April 7, 2013 at 4:47 pm
(52) Jake says:

For a fact, the world was at one time, all one race, one people with one language. The two original human beings had to possess dominant genes when it comes to skin color, hair color and eye color. Which means black hair, brown eyes and black or dark brown skin.
It is a scientific fact that the homosapiens migrated out of the continent known as Africa and the world was populated, over time from that migration.

According to the genographic mapping and scientific evidence even on the National Geographic website, “Our species is an African one: Africa is where we first evolved, and where we have spent the majority of our time on Earth. The earliest fossils of recognizably modern Homo sapiens appear in the fossil record at Omo Kibish in Ethiopia, around 200,000 years ago.” (https://genographic.nationalgeographic.com/human-journey/)

Yes, שִׁמְשׁוֹן Shimshon (Samson) was Black & so was Yahushua (Jesus). Olive skin as referred to in the bible was black…Just like the Black Olive, not the greenish yellow ones everyone has been deceived into believing! “The olive was native to Asia Minor and spread from Iran, Syria and Palestine to the rest of the Mediterranean basin 6,000 years ago. It is among the oldest known cultivated trees in the world – being grown before the written language was invented. (http://www.oliveoilsource.com/page/history-olive).” As a child, Yahushua (Jesus) was taken to Egypt where he was hidden. His skin was at the very least brown!

Moses married an African woman and was mistaken as an Egyptian because he looked just like them, black. All of the biblical names have been changed and many of them are African Tribal names, e.g. Obadiah, Habakkuk etc. There was no Jacob or Israel, and the first followers of the Almighty’s son (mistakenly known as Jesus) weren’t called Christians, as English didn’t exist!
“Time to wake up people!”

Learn more from http://jandyongenesis.blogspot.com/2011/04/kenite-horite-connection.html

April 11, 2013 at 12:08 am
(53) Chip says:

The tribe of Dan was prophetically the tribe that would become great warriors and be known as the people not of God. They would leave their name and/or mark wherever they went. This is a scriptural fact. The Vikings of Denmark (Danmark) were descendants of the tribe of Dan that was captured and enslaved. Now, when have you seen a Scandinavian that was black with course hair? The country Denmark couldn’t have a name easier to allow us to see where the Tribe of Dan left its name and mark. In the article, we also see where tribal names are used incorrectly. The tribe of Dan wasn’t Jewish. It was Danish. Each tribe carried the name of its patriarch. Each was named for a son of Jacob. The one tribe of Judah is where we find the Jewish. So, all Jews are Israelites, but most Israelites aren’t Jews. Nevertheless, Samson would have most likely have had blonde or light color hair, and he would have been light skinned. We even have reference to other people of the Hebrews who had red hair. One such person was Esau. I was happy that we would have a TV series concerning the Bible, but I was very disappointed. After all, there were many events that weren’t scriptural, and there were many misrepresentations.

April 12, 2013 at 12:29 pm
(54) Cree says:

This whole discussion is hillarious and it is amazing how we have been brain washed. First of all, living that close to the equator it is obvious most people in that area were people of color, the sun is going ot kiss your skin. And for the person who said his hair had to be straight… There are varioius tribes of afrian people, some of which have loose curls… Like myself and my hair is very long and can be braided. We have all been hoodwinked and bamboozled into thiking black is not beautiful.. God created all of us and it is not until we see the truth that our eyes will be open….. I wasnt bowled over by the bible series beause it had nothing to do with how Samson did or didnt look it had to do with the biblical untrths that were there…. READ FOR YOURSELF

April 13, 2013 at 1:54 pm
(55) ReadCloser says:

In the bible it states Delilah ordered servant s to cut Samsons hair, which they did. It states they cut off his seven LOCKS! Blacks hair naturally kink up into dreads which if left untiuched become “freedom” dreads. These are when the hair tangles together creating only a few locks. Whites cannot achieve this without contributing to the way thsir hair naturally grows.

Delilah calls for a servant to shave Samson’s seven locks

April 14, 2013 at 10:34 pm
(56) Crashon says:

First I would like to say that I’ve watched the whole bible series and followed it word for word with the commentary. Was it 100% accurate no but if you think that samson or any other iseralite wasn’t dark skinned or black your mistaken. What would you say if every story in the Bible series was played by somebody black it will be an outraged because America don’t want to think that the people they have worshiped is black and that goes to show you that mental outlook in America has not changed. A couple of common sense questions for the doubters we not going to talk about that the Hair like wool, just google it and see what it show you. As a matter of fact if you google anything about the bible and the iseralites in the beginning it will tell you that they were Black not to mention just Moses on how he was adopted when pharoah was killing the first born of the Iseralites. Theirs no way she could get away with that if moses was white it would of said that thats a new born Iserealite.
We do know that he even married an Ethopian not cause its a black country or black country it was telling where the region she was from.
The Bible doesn’t say anything about color Black or white we just assume that because of the Jews today. I don’t like the media it doesn’t show the any people of color. Which Jesus was born in Bethleham where the people had color. To leave you with this, the Bible series interpreted what they thought what a mother or person would be going through today in that same situation. Which is not wrong, the Bible is spiritual it not a simple text unless it gives you facts.

April 15, 2013 at 4:39 am
(57) Jacob Obadiah says:

Praise the Lord. Let’s look at the scriptures
with an open mind and forget what history,
tradition, folklore, theologians and the
television tells us what the race of the people
in the Bible were.

The Bible not only substaniates that Cush ( Gen 10:6
/ Strong’s # 3568 ) the progenitor of Ethiopia,
and the grandson to Noah’s youngest son Ham
was black, but all 8 people on the ark.

There were no people on the Earth besides the
8 people who got off the ark.

Noah was Cush’s grand father, therefore, he
had to have been black as well. Think about
this for a second. Cush was black, therefore
all his brothers who had the same mother
were black as well. Remember, besides
Noah’s wife, there were 3 other women on
the ark who I will prove had to have been
black as well.

Cush other brother ( Gen 10:6 ) Mizraim
was the father of the Egyptians.. Mizraim
had the same mother and father as Cush, so
did Phut who became the progenitor of the
Lybians. And last but not least was the fourth
son, Canaan born of Ham and his mother
was also on the Ark… Now if you accept how I
am explaining the Bible, you must accept that
the Philistines (Gen 10:13-14 ) are black b/c they
are descendants of the Mizraimites who I already
proved are black according to the Bible..

April 15, 2013 at 4:41 am
(58) Jacob Obadiah says:

Now explain to me how Ham could be black if
Noah, and his wife weren’t black?

You can’t… Noah and all three of his son’s were
black.. The white race came about by the
curse of Canaan ( Lev 13:3-4, 13, 43 )….

It’s as simple as that…..

Now that you know Noah and his three
son’s were black you now know that
Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were
black.. Joseph was mistaken ( Gen
42:7 ) for an Egyptian by his brothers…

So what do we have here? We have the black
descendants of Shem (Joseph) way beyond
Abraham – being mistaken for a descendant
of Ham’s 2nd son
( Mizraim Egypt / Strong’s # H4714 )

Follow me.. 2 of Noah’s sons descendants
of Shem ( Joseph / Gen 42:7 ) and Ham
are mistaken for the same race…And
descendants of Japheth in the Apocrypha
( 1 Maccabees 12:21 ) are called brethren
to the Israelites… And I am expected by
“society” to think that the entire (95%)
Bible is not black ? You can’t fool me
anymore with your “his-story”…

Moses, Apostle Paul & all the sons of
Israel were mistaken for ( Gen 50:11
/ Exo 2:19 / Acts 21:38 ) Egyptians as well…

The Bible says Jesus had wooly hair,
[ Daniel 7:9 KJV ] feet in color to brass
burnt in an oven [ Rev 1:13-15 ] , and
compared his complexion to a birthstone
[ Rev 4:3 ] which comes in many colors
including one the tone of Chris Rock..

Job said he was black as well as
Solomon.. ( Job 30:30 / SOS 1:5-6 )
God said Judah was black
[ Jeremiah 14:2 KJV.. Lam 4:8 ], and
that Jacob would never become white..
…Isaiah 29:22..

April 15, 2013 at 4:42 am
(59) Jacob Obadiah says:

If we are willing to shut the voices of
history ( Jeremiah 16:19 ), tradition,
and the television out of our minds,
we can see that everyone in the
Bible except the Greeks and Romans
were black… And even the ancient
sons of Japheth were the first
Europeans, so whites are not even
native to Europe…

I almost forgot about the people of Sodom
( Gen 10:19 ) being black, as well the
Phonecians ( Gen 10:19 / Sidon …..
Strongs # H6721 ) who we get most of our
English alphabet from…

John 8:32

April 19, 2013 at 3:30 pm
(60) Jason Calderon says:

Why is that every stained glass window in most churches,every movie and artist portrayal of Jesus and other biblical characters,are always European which is still historically inaccurate,yet most people do not have a problem with this. I think this is very sad as I read some of the previous comments I would like to let you know I am a Bible believing Christian and black and I am very secure in the skin Jesus put me in.
God is spirit and must be worshiped in spirit and truth. Shalom

May 2, 2013 at 6:30 pm
(61) Mike Soto says:

It’s amazing how after reading so many comments about the skin color of Samson I wonder when we actually see him in heaven would it make such a difference then.. I am intrigued by this man’s strength to pull down those pillars with such incredible strength..I understand the spiritual implications of his life how he allowed the passions of the flesh get in the way of what called called him to do…..

I watch this scene over and and over again and the thing that people seem to miss is that despite his shortcoming, God by his grace restored him by his mercy…I don’t know of any of God that would give anyone a new beginning…

The TNT version of Samson was remarkable as well..God humbled this man tortured and both eyes taken away…Even in all this, his strength physically and spiritually is restored…It’s very sad that he asks God to die along with the Philistines i truly understand his request..to finally fulfill his commitment to God even to the end…

I pray that people would overlook the skin color..Thank God i serve an awsome and Merciful God..

May 6, 2013 at 1:58 pm
(62) Alan England says:

Ladies and gentlemen-
If you should go as far as being “biblically” correct, the vast majority you would find this mini-series both unwatchable and impossible to understand. Samson as a man of color? Possibly, I can’t say for sure, I wasn’t there. And truly, I don’t care. How many posters here can speak or understand Aramaic or Hebrew? You’d need to in order to understand the local languages.
“The Bible” is an entertainment production. It’s a program designed to make money. Education was never its main intent. There are scenes in the mini-series that didn’t happen, but were placed there to keep the pace of the movie.
I’ll tell you what the mini-series has done for me-it has led me to open my own Bible. I read it. Worry less about the accuracy and be content that “The Bible” is entertaining many people without the content in other shows.

May 15, 2013 at 4:44 am
(63) M86 says:

White People, including the Author, need to get over their ignorant racism. You have no concrete evidence to make the claim Samson was any other color except Black.

Samson was a Black Man —- as if Whites was sporting seven dreadlocks. Please! Stop your racist foolishness!

The world started off as Black Asiatic, not Indo-Asiatic. Shem, Ham and Japheth were all BLACK BROTHERS. Whites didnt come onto the world scene as a “nation” until around 800 B.C. to 600 B.C.

It was around that time Alexander the Great invaded Egypt and conquered it. Prior to that, Blacks have been ruling the ancient world for centuries, dating back to the millenium to Adam and Eve.

Even the Bible is the history of Black people, Black civilizations. Before Egypt rose to power, there was another great empire: Babylon, whose population were the Sumerians and Akkadians. According to ancient cineiform and a stele, the Sumerians were known as the Sagaggi people, meaning “Black Heads.”

There couldn’t possibly have be any White nation of people ruling the ancient world besides Black, for several solid reasons.

One, civilization during antiquity , was below sea-level than it is today. The people were closer to the earth’s core ( which mad the temperature hotter), coupled with the temperature averaging around 120 degrees.

Thus why the Egyptians wore no clothes covering their upper-body due, to the harsh sunlit region of Africa to Israel. Hold that in mind.

Two, Caucasians are a recessive, mutated gene. Their alabaster skin is NOT suitable for extreme heat or being in the opening of a harsh sunlight region, like around the equatorial region of Africa…..just where Egypt is located.

If the Whites was a nation during that time, they would have extinct due to the UV radiation of the sun. This is why the Caucasian orgin started around the Caucasus Mountain region, up north, in Europe. It was the ideal condition for their recessive mutated genes.

May 16, 2013 at 3:03 pm
(64) Norriscool says:

The whole bible deals with shem in the land of ham, not in the land of europe. It was hagel’s idealism, that said anything near the mediterranean of intellectual importance, must be european, even if happened in north arrica ( before the arabs invaded ) thats the mindset of western scholars. Question, show me where egypt is in europe, wasnt moses’s wife african? Did whites come from africa? Did jesus ever go to europe? Africa is the only contient, where the people who origianted there have nothing to do with its own history, according to western schalors.

May 18, 2013 at 9:38 pm
(65) tselah says:

What are you talking about? Hasn’t it been historically and scientifically proven that ALL indigenous people (people of the bible especially in the old testament) were dark skinned people? Even if you try to argue that Samson was too dark, where is your confusion with the other characters of the bible including the Messiah being portrayed with lighter more caucasian features? No, I think you were definitely BOTHERED by Samson color but what bothered you even more than that is that it is truthful and more accurately portraying the original Hebrews. Shalom

May 20, 2013 at 2:09 am
(66) Unity says:

In 2013, I hoped that people would look beyond race and be willing to come together in the name of Christ. First of all, race is a man-made tool to keep us all divided. Jesus died for everyone right?(Gallations 3:26-29) It saddens me to see that racism is still alive and well. Yes, the Holy Bible has been altered over the centuries but do you really believe God would let his word be destroyed? People need to realize that race is fiction. If you are in America and referred to as black, African-American, etc.,(proverbs and bywords Deuteronomy 28:37) YOU ARE HEBREW AND DESCENDENTS OF THE BIBLICAL ISRAELITES. I hate it when people try to alter the Bible to suit their own personal needs and beliefs. Let me make this clear, I am NOT racist nor am I black separatist. I just refuse to keep acknowledging something that is a lie as truth.

May 20, 2013 at 9:03 pm
(67) The Black Yahudim says:

What the???? Dan doesnt translate to the word Denmark nor the word Danish,and the vikings have no blood relation to the original 12 Hebrew Israelite tribes. And none of the Europeans where never of Hebrew Israelite decent.All the people in the bible our black skin negros.Samson was really a black man with dreds according to the bible. So stop with all the racist remarks,Grow up.

May 29, 2013 at 2:08 am
(68) steve says:

3000 years ago most if not all people from where to story originated were illiterate, superstitious goat herders and these stories were not eyewitness accounts but most likely passed down until forged by one whom generations later documented such a story. Whether black or middle eastern – he was an arab jew of the time and place. Remember, this is a story documented generations and generations after the fact and is A STORY without any factual basis except FAITH for those who will believe anything with little or no evidence which of course is the actual meaning of FAITH

May 31, 2013 at 10:23 pm
(69) christian says:

Well if your gonna cast an Israelite, don’t cast them pasty white either they have olive complexion to there skin.

June 4, 2013 at 11:31 am
(70) Malik says:

You need to read up on your history. The Israelites WERE Brown/Black

June 5, 2013 at 10:36 am
(71) James says:

We must worship in spirit and truth, if you worship a false image (or picture) you risk being deceived. 1Jo:3:23: And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the NAME of his Son Jesus Christ, and love one another, as he gave us commandment.

May God bless you all and lead you to the truth. And remember that, should tribulation befall us; the servant is not greater than the master.
God Bless!

June 8, 2013 at 10:18 am
(72) Learn says:

North east Africa falsely called “middle east” by Gentiles. However all neighbouring lands around israel were ALL and still is dark skinned people, the casting had no chose to get a black man for Samson because where you going to a white with dreadlocks that can acted ? NOWHERE!

June 9, 2013 at 8:29 am
(73) Alice C. Linsley says:

Here is a review of this segment of the series from a Biblical Anthropologist.

Keep in mind that long before Abraham, The Nile Valley and the area known today as the Sudan were heavily populated by Nilotes and Proto-Saharans. These are called “Kushites” in Genesis 10. Kushites were red, black, brown, white and dark reddish brown.

http://jandyongenesis.blogspot.com/2013/03/history-channels-bible-series-episode-2.html

June 12, 2013 at 11:07 am
(74) M says:

In the beginning God created… (all of us) AND HE SAW THAT IT WAS GOOD. So who are we to say otherwise? Shall the created dispute the creator? That is foolishness. Bottom line. Get over color. God created every nation. If you choose to be in denial about the existance of other races and cultures and nations of people it is your choice to remain in a box imbedded with ignorance. However, freedom (salvation) is for everyone… and it is important that we pray for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding of all things especially things of God. With that being said… I believe the new series was created to reach the new generation and get them to read their bible more and so they creatively interjected modern reflections to tell the same story. I do agree that it should still have stuck to the guidelines of biblical correctness. I also believe it is simply ignorant to think that the world was made up of only one race or culture. Color is not a result of sin nor a curse. People of color are still made in God’s image. And He saw that it was good. Enough said. :)

June 13, 2013 at 11:30 pm
(75) Marilyn says:

Was Sampson black? That would be funny if it wasn’t so pathetic. The real question is why is everyone else still being depicted as white with a tan? Even Sephardic Jews are called “kooshim” which is the “N” word in Israel and they are much lighter with straighter hair than Biblical Hebrews who were so dark and kinky haired they were often mistaken for Africans. Why make the series if you can’t even tell the basic truth?

June 16, 2013 at 10:05 pm
(76) Jane says:

Reading this has reenforced my atheism. And I’m telling you because this page is filled with so-called Christians using their holy book and a dubious grasp on history to justify their mealy mouthed racism and it’s disgusting. So way to go. And you wonder why people don’t go to church anymore.

June 17, 2013 at 10:40 pm
(77) Matthew says:

Jane,
I pray to my God, through His Son Jesus the Christ, that yours and all other haters of the Father and worshippers of Satan, that you gain the understanding that God’s grace has made you aware of, change your wicked ways and have eternal life before your short mortal life ends and you are tortured forever, and ever, and ever. Love ya…Amen.

June 19, 2013 at 8:39 am
(78) Jah says:

I don’t get some of the comments here, and their views rather the People of the Book were Blacks. Make no mistake about it, not only were they Black, all 12 Tribes were Blacks!

The Author asked a question, “Was Samson Black?” She then proceed to say it was “highly unlike” he was that dark —- what!

Woman, do you understand this was a time period when Israel was part of Kemet (Africa) and the temperature was much hotter, and they lived as tribal people under the harsh sunlight, not jungles or forest or something like the Amazon where trees shaded them in. No, but in the open region of the sun?

No alabaster skin as that of the Caucasian could have survived that. You are a recessive gene type and lack Melanin.

Another thing, they were NOT Jews. The word Jew is Latin/Greek word used during Rome. The story of Samson took place in the Old Testament (well before Rome) thus they were Hebrew Israelites.

A Jew during Antiquity was just a citizen of Juduea or a Judean under a Rome province.

Furthermore, the Jews are descendants of Turks from the Khazar stock and trace their ancestry back to Ashkenazi….sons of Japheth.

The Table of Nations are: Ham, Shem and Japheth.

Ham — The Black Africans

Shem — The Afro-Asiatic/Negros

Japheth — Originally Black, then Greek/White

So yes, Samson was Black! And it matters!
Moses was Black
Abraham was Black
Isaac was Black
Jacob was Black
The 12 Tribes of Israel was ALL Black.

Shalom

July 5, 2013 at 4:33 am
(79) JE says:

What I see posted here is shocking. We have never seen any complaints when in the movies Jesus has been portrayed as a blue-eyed white man, Moses too.

Jewish Rabbis (such as Ovadiah Yare and David Ben Zimra) as early as 900 AD and as late as 1488 confirmed the presence of Black Jews from the tribe of Dan.  So I think because Samson was from the tribe of Dan, the producers of this story thought it appropriate to make him black because of this historical fact.  

Eldad ha-Dani, (Google him) a learned black Jew wrote extensively in 900AD about the origins of Jewish tribes living in Africa and Europe, primarily those from Dan, Asher, Gad and Naphtali from the Exodus up until the splitting of Judah (2 tribes) and Israel (10 tribes) around 930BC.  

This colorful history of the Jews stretches so far back it’s hard to claim the Jews were a particular race.  They simply became the race of those among whom the dwelt. According to history, the first wave of Danites who moved to Africa was immediately after the Exodus during the troubles they encountered in the wilderness.  The second wave of Danites joined them much later during the battles between Solomon’s son Rehoboam and Jeroboam.  The next waves of scattering of the kingdom to all parts of the world was during the Babylonian and Assyrian incursions.  Another wave of Danites moved south as recently as circa 300BC under Ptolemy (Alexander the Great’s successor).  There was also another wave of exile to all parts of the world by all tribes during the destruction of Jerusalem and the temple by the Romans in 70AD.  

July 5, 2013 at 4:36 am
(80) DM says:

Perhaps people don’t really realize that there were blacks among the Israelites who left Egypt.  In fact, the wife of what we may today call the first president of the nation of Israel, the wife of Moses, was black. Read Numbers 12.  In fact, Miriam and Aaron were punished by God for discriminating her.

These ancient races simply did not have the prejudices that we now possess; religion was the major contentious issue that set apart the Israelites from other tribes; and not skin color which can easily shift within 3 or 4 generations of intermarriage.  Egypt was a centre of trade and commerce and therefore racially diverse.  Exodus 12:38 implies that some of these mixed multitude of nationalities left with the Israelites.  God acknowledged the presence of these non-Jews among them before the Exodus and gave Moses and Aaron a rule that those strangers who wanted to take part in the Passover had to be circumcised, then they would be fully regarded as part of the Israelite nation subject to the same laws as the native born (Exodus 12:48,49 and Numbers 15:13-16).  This topic needs a whole thesis to explore, covering the Canaanite and Egyptian wives of Jacob’s sons including Joseph, their capture of foreign women as spoils of war, numbering as many as 32,000 women in one of the battles (Numbers 31), and in turn their servitude as spoils of war under foreign tribes themselves multiple times, King Solomon’s marriage to Pharoah Siamun’s daughter, possibly the black queen that he writes a love story about in Songs (1:5); culminating in Acts (2&8) where we had devout Jews from “every nation under heaven” celebrating Passover in Jerusalem, including a high ranking official of an African monarchy. Even the modern Israeli administrations acknowledge the diversity of their ancients through their programs in 1984 and 1991 to award citizenship to East African Jews in Operation Solomon and Moses under the Law of Return which European Jews began after World War Two.

July 5, 2013 at 6:04 am
(81) JE says:

The spitting anger and vitriol against this portrayal of Samson has left me reeling.  God does not look at color or race.  Portraying Samson as black is not the same as portraying ML King as white or JFK as black because we know for sure what those people were. With Samson we are not 100% sure.  So I really believe the producers went with the fact that people from the tribe of Dan have been known to be black since history was written down and maybe they wanted the surviving Jewish Danites to enjoy this portrayal (Eldad ha-Dani – read about this Black Jewish historian writing hundreds of years ago about the history of his tribe of Dan).  600 years ago, respected Jewish Rabbis like Ovadiah Yare and David Ben Zimra also wrote historical accounts of the black Jews from the tribe of Dan.  Any theology student knows this.  Danites were not from Denmark!!!! Danish people are more related to Noah’s son Japheth from the sea-faring tribes.  If you didn’t go to school then a simple search on the Internet of theological commentaries will inform you.
For interest sake, here are  a few black characters in the bible:
1. Wife of Moses in Numbers 12 – Aaron and Miriam were punished by God for discriminating her.
2. Uriah the Hittite – 2 Samuel 11 – Hittites who were the descendants of Canaan were black.  David stole Uriah the Hittite’s wife Bathsheba and practically ruined his kingship by making God furious.
3. King Solomon’s Wife – Songs 1:5 – this Israelite queen is indisputably described as being black.

As for those who claim David and Solomon were black, David is described as “ruddy” and Solomon as “white and ruddy”. (1 Samuel 16:12 and Songs 5:10).  
This demonic racial stronghold over America really worries me.  It especially worries me that it spills over even to issues relating to the bible.  As someone said, Jesus Christ really has a lot of work to do before the rapture.

July 7, 2013 at 8:56 pm
(82) Raul says:

My question is, why do you find it unlikely that Samson would have been black? Where in the bible do you read that the Israelites were white?

July 10, 2013 at 10:44 pm
(83) Eric says:

The facts are these: Herodotus, a Greek writer in the 5th century B.C. claims that “the people of Colchis must be Egyptians because like them they are black-skinned and wooly-haired.” (History, Book II.) The interesting thing about what Herodotus wrote is that had he believed the Egyptians to be any other color than black like other Africans he could have chosen other Greek words than the one he chose. His word is melaschroes, black-skinned. If Herodotus thought the Egyptians were white he would have used leucochroes. Had they been simply brown, like so many African Americans, he may have used phrenychroes, but he chose the word melaschroes. This word comes from the same root as Melanesia, the black island, or melanite, a black garnet. The ancient Greek use of “melas” was precise. Egypt is in Africa. Why shouldn’t the ancient Egyptians be anything other than black?

The Greek philosopher Aristotle writes in the 4th century B.C. in Physiognomonica that the “Egyptians and Ethiopians were very black.”

There are nearly one dozen other “classical” Greek writers who refer to the ancient Egyptians as black-skinned. Certainly Zimmerman could have tried to dismiss “blackness of skin and wooly-hair” as being an indication of Africanness, but he simply issued a support of the myth that the ancient Egyptians were other than what they were prior to the Arab invasion and conquest of 641 A.D. To see in print an unscientific or uninvestigated opinion in 1994 is disheartening. I would have thought that the professor would have at least looked at the records.

At any rate, I accept the description of the ancient Egyptians as given by the ancient Greeks over the opinion of the modern white American revisionists who obviously have other axes to grind.

July 12, 2013 at 1:58 am
(84) 4theLord says:

Do you the people,feel Jesus will come back and say Im here for this color?The problem is you cant see the person past their color.We were commanded to love everyone,EVERYONE.Now stop your petty foolishness.Will you have this flesh beyond?it is flesh,perishable,corruptible.You are to be the light,not children of the darkness and thats not about color either.Its not about facts you just want to prove yourself right.you are being controlled and corrupted by your mind.You are in the world and of the world,turn back to Jesus.Are you a child of God or of Satan.The story of Samson was beautiful no matter what color he was.The story is in connection with Jesus,how God works,faith,tribulation.Study and reach out to others,share the Good News!I wish you all love and peace.God Bless

July 19, 2013 at 7:36 am
(85) Mission _wraps says:

Well as a whole the bible tv series is very inaccurate when it comes to the ethnicity.although its not the emphasis of the show , in my opinion its still very important and needs to be addressed properly. Putting long brown hair and beard on a caucasian male does not make him jesus ! its time we face facts . The ancient Israelites who lived in the middle east/pallestine province had a dark olive /arab style complexion that you can see in modern palestinians. The modern jewish people we see now are very pale seeing many of their recent ancestors lived in eastern and western europe (and america)for centuries before isreal was recreated . So putting drabs of fake tan on british actors is not accurate at all and is about as politically correct as a black sampson(however seeing that africa is geographically closer to isreal than britain ,African sampson is a bit more reasonable ) . All in all race doesnt matter at all and thats not the point im trying to get at ,but its arkward seeing the same generic and inaccurate depictions ,that in the 21st century we should be getting it right

July 20, 2013 at 6:01 am
(86) Manny says:

I agree with the writer. Samson definitely was not black, but that being said he wasn’t white either. I always pictured him as a very well muscled man with olive skin and long dark hair and beard. But I disagree with the writer about whether it matters or not that Samson was portrayed as a black man, because I think it does. But not just him, I feel the same about all the white guys in it as well. I just wished it was more true to the bible in not just story but also casting.

July 28, 2013 at 7:25 pm
(87) C Me says:

Obviously, many of you must have never heard of the Lemba Tribe. Who are Africans and Are “Jews.” who claim to be the Original Hebrews… & to say you quit watching a TV series because it wasn’t biblically accurate, well. Job said, “I’am Black.” Enoch was an Ethiopian. Samson had 7 Locks of Hair, and Moses married an Ethiopian. Moses also, before the Exodus was told by God to put his hand in his Bosom and his “FLESH TURNED” white as snow. He put it in his bosom again and it returned back to his other Flesh. How Many times have you watched the 10 Commandments when it’s not “Biblically Accurate?” That just tells me you don’t read your bible and Your living in your own racially biblically correct fantasy land. Do some research for once.

August 2, 2013 at 1:12 am
(88) MH says:

It is amazing that all these people have all these opinions about the issue of race of the characters in the bible,when race is a construct created by the pale man in order that him being the present conquerer in society he must tie himself into world history as always being self important,but remember the bible speaks of NATIONS not racial or color and most must not have read the book of leviticus where it states pale skin ,yello(blond)hair is a curse namely biblical leprosy and these are not my words but the words lifted directly out of the King James Bible so Ms Lady whomever you think you are READ YOUR BIBLE BEFORE YOU GO TO ARGUING POINTS YOU HAVE NOT EVEN INVESTIGATED AND FOR THE RECORD SAMSON AND THE REST OF THE BIBLCAL ISRAELITES ARE ALL WHAT WE CALL BLACK TODAY , LEARN HISTORY NOT HIS-STORY

August 5, 2013 at 1:26 am
(89) God loves me... says:

Read Duet. 28. Also just google Hebrew Israelite or bing it under images and the black americans are the only people who come up. The hebrew churches in america are black. Ethiopians and black americans arre returning to israel. I know black egyptians and ethiopians who agree Moses was a black hebrew living as a Egyptian. Hebrew is the only pure race. Yashua was a hebrew too. Black people are chosen to spread the gospel to all nations including gentiles (white people). God can use a ungodly nation to punish a ungodly nation. The only people who went into captivity in slaveships with a yokenof iron around the neck was black people. Duet. 28 says if we don’t obey we would be the borrorow not the lender. Sold for bonds man andd woman and no one would buy us. We would wear our eyes out waiting for our children to return from captivity. Plant in the vineyards and not eat from them. Be a thing of horror to all the nations of the earth. The most compassionate of men would not take care of there own cause the enemy would leave him with nothing though he works so hard. That we would be scattered at the four corners of the earth to a fierce looking nation. That we were going back to Egypt one last time. I could go on and on. The curse will be lifted once we love eachother and spread his word which I now. And he said the curse will be lifted and His people will own many possesions and the oppressers will get their punishment too. Goodnite and God help and bless you all in the name of Yashua

August 5, 2013 at 1:58 pm
(90) Liniage says:

Yes I think this is important as now adays too much is being revealed that is factual and opposite to what we have been taught .
History lessons where taught at schools and “the dark skin man” would at the most be presented with slavery as there claim to history……we all know this is not true.changing of map names and lack of education Pre slavery is the reason the world is in the state it’s in at the moment .
It’s not about colour it’s about education, and enough of the writing dark skinned patriarchy from history!

August 8, 2013 at 2:05 pm
(91) Nostory says:

It is also believed that the Egyptian word “Kemet” denotes the color black. In the Worldbook Encyclopedia it states that word “Kemet” is used to describe the silty black soil of the Nile when it overflows. Granted if this is true, but why is the Negroid race, the oldest race before history not fully acknowledged in the Holy Scriptures.

August 17, 2013 at 8:41 am
(92) Janka says:

The God of Israel likened the children to the Ethiopians/cushites aka black people

Moses was mistaken for an Egyptian

Paul was mistaken for a Egyptian

Gerald Massey, English writer and author of the book, Egypt the Light of the World, wrote, “The dignity is so ancient that the insignia of the Pharaoh evidently belonged to the time when Egyptians wore nothing but the girdle of the Negro.” (p 251)

Sir Richard Francis Burton, a 19th century English explorer, writer and linguist in 1883 wrote to Gerald Massey, “You are quite right about the “AFRICAN” origin of the Egyptians. I have 100 human skulls to prove it.”

The Ancient Greek historian Herodotus, who visited Egypt in the 5th century B.C.E., saw the Egyptians face to face and described them as black-skinned with woolly hair.

Anthropologist, Count Constatin de Volney (1727-1820),spoke about the race of the Egyptians that produced the Pharaohs. He later paid tribute to Herodotus’ discovery when he said:

THE EGYPTIANS OF ANTIQUITY WERE A BLACK PEOPLE

Who is HAM?

According to the Zondervan’s Bible Dictionary “Ham, the youngest son of Noah, born probably about 96 years before the Flood and one of eight persons to live through the flood. He became the progenitor of the dark races-not the NEGROES, but the Egyptians, Ethiopians, Libyans and Canaanites.”

So who are the Negros??? who are these black people scattered in Americas and other places in the world? How did they get there? by what means?

September 4, 2013 at 2:05 pm
(93) Mike says:

Obviously this lady does not know biblical history cause by Samson being from the tribe of Dan she would know that he was black. Who is the tribe of Dan today? The Ethiopian jews that live in Israel today which there are historical archives that go thousands of years back proving they are the tribe of Dan.

September 4, 2013 at 3:29 pm
(94) Mike says:

I believe extracting principles is always the key to learning before you make a proclamation on Samson color race?? Otherwise, you’ll be reading the bible your whole life and perceiving only a quarter of it(sorry)???? If you were expecting everything from the Holy Bible then you’ll going to have a lot of issues trying to figure out the perfect description e.g. hair color, clothing, height, weight, etc. Do you know how irrelevant that sounds? The bible is always true and that’s where you put your faith in (Jesus Christ) and not only to rely on a movie or tv series to fit GOD’s word in!!

September 21, 2013 at 12:28 am
(95) Day Walker says:

Wow, how does one not believe that Egyptians were not black when Ethiopians and Libyans are dark skinned, they all came from the same man! As mentioned in the Zondervan Bible Dictionary! How is Dan black today, and the rest of the tribes White?!?! I know I don’t have random white people in my family, if anything just light skinned, unless they had white fathers. The Jewish people that many reference as being the holy people are converts thats where the “isn” comes from. like we see in the word red-ish, if its red its red! Came from an area near the Caucus mountains named Khazaria and converted around the 7th century. Christ was not white! Look at the pictures that were painted in Russia and Europe, all the disciples were dark skinned.

September 21, 2013 at 2:34 pm
(96) Hugh says:

It is easy to see that many of these people are typical non reading christian church goers. If you study the so called old testament and understand the location of were these things are taking place. It is clear that these people are black. We are dealing with the children of Ham and Shem. You should have read how these two groups intermarried among s themselves. Example Judah and his brother Joesph who married daughters of Ham. Its hard for people who have been taught all their life that the bible is white, and so is the Jews to then hear that no the bible points to the Negros as being the true Hebrews. If I was white I would be in denial also. Everyone that is not black sees black as inferior and I mean everyone that’s why they hate to see Samson as a black man. Noah was a black (Google Noah lake Chad) Christianity is a slave religion so is Islam. Both theses religion enslaves us and has taken our history from us. So do not believe a word theses people tell you. Our father YAH said study to show yourself approved. He also said in speaking to the real Israelite ” my people suffer from a lack of knowledge. Study the Bible study history and pray for truth and you will get. DROP YOUR SLAVE RELIGIONS

September 22, 2013 at 4:09 pm
(97) Gradie Roberson says:

I see that samson’s race become an issue when he is portrayed as a dark skin man but was not an issue during MGM standards.

September 29, 2013 at 7:36 pm
(98) elroy says:

Where is the Christian Love? Why this emphasis on race? It is not a person’s skin color that makes them acceptable to God.

<a href=”http://www.biblegateway.com/keyword/?search=as+we+are+one&version1=KJV&searchtype=all”>John 17:11</a> KJV
<b>And now I am no more in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to thee. Holy Father, keep through thine own name those whom thou hast given me, that they may be one, as we are.</b>

If I were a White Christian I think that I might affirm the value of my non-white christians brothers. I would not allow such a trivial issue cause another brother or sister beloved by God to stumble.

God is no respecter of persons <a href=”http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Acts+10:34&version=KJV”>Acts 10:34</a>

October 6, 2013 at 6:10 pm
(99) King David says:

Every one in the bible are dark skinned except romans n greeks. Some person(white) get offended if they made superman black or any other superhero so of course ppl would get offended. Every bible theologian KNOW these ppl are black skinned. The “jews” in Israel are converts,original Jews were expelled from the land. Any one who gets upset that bible ppl are portrayed white has a just reason. How would u feel if your descendants were told that u were a color u weren’t? It is a crime to make ppl believe smthn false. Im all about acceptance because yah is not a favoritism god,but what is true is true and should not be tampered with. We are the true black hebrew Israelites scripture confirms it. Television brainwashed souls depicting every hero is white. Let the bible speak for itself. Rev 2 states that there are false Jews in israel. Does it matter what color they were? Well does it matter if your family history was erased n your descendants were led to believe something false. Black skinned ppl should take pride in our history because God has chosen our ancestors

October 14, 2013 at 7:27 pm
(100) duran says:

Usually I don’t leave messages on site like this, but some of the responses are wild. First, it has been proven that Blacks were the first Man(…there for I am) on this planet. That all humans are products of Blacks. So how could the people in the Bible not be Black? If in the beginning God created? (and) As I stated, “it’s been proven that Blacks were the first Man.” I don’t mean to push buttons, but come on. Deny isn’t a river in Kemet.

October 20, 2013 at 3:59 pm
(101) Robert says:

The oldest human skeltons-Africa
The oldest account of civilization-Africa/pre Egyptian
The oldest University-Africa
The first trans migratory travel by sea and land-Africans
14 genetic markers that constitute human beings-11 from African DNA
The first one God concept-Africa/Amenhotep, dark skinned, full nose and full lips
The only blood line on the planet that dominates when mixed with anyother bloodline-African
The richest resource continent on the planet-Africa
The continent that truly affirms a Ph.D anthropoligst as being legitimate-Africa
The most studies continet and its people-Africa
The most exploited continent and its people unfortunately-Africa
Stop trying to kill God’s first human creation

October 20, 2013 at 4:11 pm
(102) Robert says:

For all of those brave souls who have upheld the authencity of African decendants being the first intelligent homo sapiens/humans and people of God’s blibical accounts, I commend you.

October 25, 2013 at 9:40 am
(103) Moriah says:

After reading these comments, it is very apparent that most of you haven’t any idea of what true Christianity is or what it represents. You seem more concern with a depiction of the color of one’s skin and if it represents the beliefs that you have chosen to believe that makes you comfortable. For those of you who have chosen to compare the portrayal of Samson as black to “what if MLK was portrayed other than black,” it is a far reach to justify your limited views of the Bible. It is a far reach because we have actual pictures and living witnesses to bear truth to who MLK was and how he looked. As for any person in the Bible, it would be based on interpretation and solely accepting whatever version of the Bible you are choosing to read and believe. After many years of the stories of the Bible being changed and stripped down, it is amazing that so many of you have chosen to make the importance of skin color so apparent in your comments. In doing this, you may have a little more discontent with other races than you care to believe about yourself. However, I’m most positive that you would like to say that is not the case and would counterclaim that you just want the Bible portrayed in it’s true nature. Well, good luck that!

October 26, 2013 at 2:44 pm
(104) Genes says:

Black Jews? thats not possible, after 2nd part i have stopped watching…

October 30, 2013 at 1:51 am
(105) iman says:

6 Again, the LORD said to Moses, “Put your hand inside your coat.” So Moses put his hand inside his coat. When he took his hand out, his hand had a skin disease flaky like snow. 7 Then God said, “Put your hand back inside your coat.” So Moses put his hand back inside his coat. When he took it back out again, the skin of his hand had returned to normal.

IF MOSES WAS WHITE ALREADY THEN HE WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SHOCKED TO BE WHITE NOW WOULD HE?

I’m a white guy and even I can see the bibles prophets are filled with men of COLOR

November 1, 2013 at 3:38 pm
(106) dumbfounded in Harlem says:

The issue that should be addressed is the fact that in the miniseries Sampson did not have a father, when clearly the bible states that he came from a two parent household. How irresponsible!!!

November 6, 2013 at 4:22 pm
(107) Hebrew Child says:

People , you have to pay close attention to Movies, no matter what its about. Movies have subliminal messages in them and if you don’t pay attention you will never truly understand. Question? How do you hide the truth? Answer “In plain sight” That’s why it is important to Study (II Timothy 2v15). Some people are saying color doesn’t matter. You are absolutely right but you know what does Nationality does. You can call me Black all you want but in reality Black is a color. But, my nationality is Hebrew Israelite. The bible is our True History that the White man stripped The so called Black people of America from. Their knowledge, wisdom & understanding. So for the author of this show to depict Samson as a “Black Man” she is absolutely correct. She’s knows the truth , you all do. We are the chosen ones. And, I have to say that it feels GOOD.

November 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm
(108) ray says:

Some years ago CBS 60 Minutes did a segment about Africans living in the south whom claimed to have Hebrew ancestry (are Jews). Of course Jews in Israel said no. But, DNA tests were done and there were matches. The problem is many Caucasians won’t except the fact that there were any blacks in the Bible. If the truth was told, Caucasians weren’t mentioned in the Bible until the time of the ancient Greeks and Romans that is between 2000 years and 2500 years ago. At that time there was over 2600 years of Ancient Egyptian history.

Egypt was mentioned in the Bible in one way or another about 700 times. Ethiopia is mentioned in some form more than 44 times. The ancient Egyptians were “black”. I have thousands of images of ancient Egyptians and it is very clear who they were and who they weren’t. The odd flip side of this is, it is okay for Caucasians to be portrayed as ancient Egyptians, but not for “blacks” to be. There is an African proverb that says this: “The creators of dance, should not be excluded from it.” Those “black” Africans who claimed to be Jews probably were descendants from the tribe of Dan. There are many signs in the Bible that tell us that “blacks” played a major role. Here is an example in Amos 9:7: “Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel ? saith the LORD.” … “

November 15, 2013 at 5:12 am
(109) andrew says:

the real jews are black the bible is a black history book Egyptians were black white people are always taking credit for people of colors history and building nations blacks come from Jacob white people esau truth is coming out Christ was dark locks broided hair wooly hair etc etc just like white people taking over hip hop you gentiles can be saved but you all steal and graft unto the dark races

November 18, 2013 at 9:28 pm
(110) T.S.E. says:

God help us all. I’ve just scrolled through all these comments dwelling on Samson’s skin color. IT DOESN’T matter if he was BLACK!!! God sees no color! Everyone is reading their own interpretation of the bible and somehow convinced themselves it is ok to racially spit nonesense on this blog. The Bible doesn’t state Samson’s color. So just like African Americans can have blue eyes and blonde hair their are white people with kinky hair! So everyone just step out of their judgemental thoughts and come back to the beauty of this series.

For the first time a series based on God’s teachings has been glorified and praised! The Bible Series has had ratings in the millions! God is real! People who know nothing of Bible stories, who don’t like to read can finally learn the word of God! Goodness that is what it’s about. Let’s not turn something so beautiful and powerful into something so ugly and racist.

God is love. For those who wrote all these hateful things about race I will pray for you because that isn’t right. Thank you to the History channel. Thank you to all who was apart of The Bible Series. It’s about God’s word not about skin color and it’s a shame we lost sight of that.

God help us do better. Give us wisdom so we don’t have more useless banter over color of a bible character’s skin and rather useful discussions over God’s word. #Amen #InJesusNameIPray

November 18, 2013 at 9:56 pm
(111) Messenger says:

Please lesson to yourselfs. If Samson been white, it would not be a problem. Their were blacks Jesus used in the bible as well as whites. God made all of us. Jesus came down and died on the cross for all men and women so that we can have eternal life. People that have a problem with Samson being black need to such their own hearts.

November 19, 2013 at 10:22 pm
(112) Barb says:

Please, everyone, this dispute is meaningless. The color of his skin changes nothing, the facts of his life are the important thing. Jesus commands us to love our neighbor as ourselves. So if you choose his skin to be black or white, let your fellow commenters feel content believing whichever way they choose. The color of his skin does not significantly change any detail of the scripture, for if it did, God would have included it in His Word! God is no respector of persons. He does whatever He chooses. In Heaven we will all be brothers and sisters with all colors, and I am not sure that we will have colors! For we will have new heavenly bodies. God Bless You in your relationships with other believers.

November 22, 2013 at 1:19 pm
(113) Nakesha Williams says:

It is so funny how people never want to believe the obvious… It clearly statesin the Bible he had locks? Who else has locks, Blacks! He was also a nazarine/Israelite whom were Black. Thieves I tell you! That’s ok the truth will soon be revealed. I can’t believe ya’ll on here questioning this. Do your research! White people have been lied to as well! As a nazarite it was a tradition or should I say rite of passage not to touch there hair… Yes it does matter! BECAUSE IT MATTERED TO SOMEONE TO WANT TO HIDE IT? WHY HIDE THE TRUTH! WHY SO SOMEONE CAN FEEL SUPERIOR OVER ANOTHER? THIS IS STUPID! The Creator will have the last say

November 23, 2013 at 5:22 pm
(114) ThehistoryyoudontwanttoC says:

Was Samson a “Black Man?:” and Mary F says, “probably” not???? She knows but does not want to say the truth because she would have to do more accurate research and wash her brain of all the lies that were told for centuries and the lies would change the coarse of the world…Samson was of color ; he was not an amorite or edomite; that’s for sure…

November 25, 2013 at 8:36 pm
(115) lydia says:

Think reasonable people. There were no WHITE people back there in those days. In fact the very first jews were black and for years black people inhabited the Holy Land. Life began in AFRICA. Therefore Adam and Eve were black and so were their children. White people(Europeans) have only been around for some five thousand years! So all of your biblical people were black or brown people. Many of the Jewd living in the Holy Land came from other countries.

November 30, 2013 at 1:30 am
(116) pcy says:

black is the origin of all beings whether u believe it or not .time will tell…..even ur bibles u tried to make look white their origin was black . all u whites do is change history…but only God knows…..the real jews were blacks we all know that…

November 30, 2013 at 1:35 am
(117) pcy says:

The oldest human skeltons-Africa
The oldest account of civilization-Africa/pre Egyptian
The oldest University-Africa
The first trans migratory travel by sea and land-Africans
14 genetic markers that constitute human beings-11 from African DNA
The first one God concept-Africa/Amenhotep, dark skinned, full nose and full lips
The only blood line on the planet that dominates when mixed with anyother bloodline-African
The richest resource continent on the planet-Africa
The continent that truly affirms a Ph.D anthropoligst as being legitimate-Africa
The most studies continet and its people-Africa
The most exploited continent and its people unfortunately-Africa
Stop trying to kill God’s first human creation

November 30, 2013 at 5:34 pm
(118) Luke says:

You people are all wrong. Their is only one true race, the human race. That encompasses Blacks, Whites, Asians, Hispanics, etc… The point of this Bible mini-series should be to inform people about a book with Miraculous stories. And also, believing in evolution doesn’t make you not christian, jewish, muslim, etc… because God may have a different sense of time then we do, ergo he may have created the earth in 100s of 1,000s of years, we just don’t know, but one thing I can attest to is he will always be trying to perfect the human race by means of evolution.

December 3, 2013 at 5:53 am
(119) Tyler says:

He was not white.

I don’t know if he was Arabian-looking or darker, but he was not white. Google Mormon Jesus… Go to images (lol)… Complain to them!! Sadly, it’s not just the Mormons.

December 6, 2013 at 5:33 am
(120) gleb a white european says:

Next thing they’ll have a blonde hair jesus with pale blue eyes. which they love putting up in churches, the heresy b/s. wow.
read revelation 1:15, hair like wool, feet like burned brass. aka black.
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MY MAIN POINT -In reply to someone who said “Does it really matter, in gods eyes we’re all the same”
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It DOES matter. want to know what “god” said about esau descendents who resemble white people?
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YHW was disgusted by them, hairy all over with red hair and what not.
its in the bible almost just like that. It could be YHW doesn’t like gingers lol, but the original race is black.
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boy do i have some news for you
<b>
Fact of the matter is, the Abrahamic-religion God YHW is an actual King on this plane of existance based on how many star systems are in YHW’s command. Earth is a colony of YHW for the future kingdom and YHW genetically created man and made his angels bow to him, satan(or whtvr his name REALLY is) didn’t bow and civil war started in the heavens. Moderns would call the YHW being an alien, but im not sure if that applies in theory how could someone be an alien to the earth if they created it? more like just didn’t stay on it.
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im just saying that if you worship YHW aka god the father(of genetically making the human race from the begining) your going to have to accept that race matters to YHW, idk exactly how much.
<b>
In my personal views, any being which currently resides on the same plane of existance as you or one below yours cannot compare to whatever force we meet after death and shouldn’t be called “God” unless they regulate spirits after death.
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However, I understand that YWH did make humans, so YWH is my King and the true king of all humans. Also I studied the philosophy of Yeshau and I put my belief on him and admire his teachings

December 7, 2013 at 2:04 am
(121) Azmael says:

Hello there, yes Jesus is from the tribe of Judah, and he has the color of brass, which is the same color of those that came to america as slaves. African americans so called have the complexion of brass , when our slave masters broaden the terms we loose the context when using black on everything. We must not forget that light complexion was inferior in ancient times so they went on a conquest to raise their ego’s by putting our’s down.

December 7, 2013 at 6:00 pm
(122) Ezekiel says:

It baffles me when a biblical character is portrayed as someone who is non-white, that some of the white audience go into a frenzy shouting out inaccuracies and getting all hot and bothered. Shame on you so called “Christians” obsessing about the race of a character rather than concentrating on what the series message tried to convey. Also how come you same white Christians remain silent in the depection of Jesus as a blonde blue eyed scandinavian model? If you were so zealous about this accuracy you would know that he was also an Israelite of the tribe of Judah and therefore middle eastern in appearance with sallow skin and black hair.Also if you read your bible Isaiah 53:2 it states
“He grew up before him like a tender shoot,
and like a root out of dry ground.
He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,
nothing in his appearance that we should desire him.”
So He wasnt even good looking, it was His perfect character and a true reflection of God that with love and compassion that shone through.
Severe double standards, then or downright hypocracy..

December 9, 2013 at 9:40 pm
(123) Nadab Al-Ahayah says:

Samson along with all the Isrealites in the bible were “of color” Revelation 1:14 tells you the Messiah color was of “Burned brass” as well as Daniel 10:5-6. Solomon was also of color read Song of Solomon 1:5 so yes it is important that we depict these people WHO REALLY LIVED as they truly were based on the scriptures. I’m sure people would have a problem with a movie depicting MLK as a white man so why do we think it is ok to do i to the people of the bible? the reason Hollywood does this in the first place is because it is another form of slavery! it is a mental slavery, one of the worst forms.

December 16, 2013 at 3:00 pm
(124) brandonn says:

The only problem with this blog is that all the true israelites are black. Thats why samson has locks, thats why moses hand turned white because it wasnt white before

December 23, 2013 at 11:13 am
(125) rabbi cohen says:

The philistines came from Canaan a son of ham like mizriam(Egyptians)and they are north of Egypt and they were dark skinned from ham also nimrod the son of cush(ethiopians)ruled the whole middle east in genesis eleven and I am Jewish but truth is truth lets tell the blacks in America the truth you’ll are the people whom the promises belong enough is enough time to stop cursing Jacob.

December 25, 2013 at 2:05 am
(126) alvin says:

All this debate….wether positive/negative
And you all miss the lesson……(parable) silver Tray baring gold fruit.

January 2, 2014 at 10:01 am
(127) GB says:

The original hebrews were people of color just as the Egyptians were black until being conquered by the Persians then the Romans.

January 6, 2014 at 4:49 am
(128) SERIOUSLY? says:

Some of you have never read the Bible entirely. Some of these comments are just WOW.

There are LOTS of Black people in the Bible. Also, understand this:

Revelation 2:9 : I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and [I know] the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but [are] the synagogue of Satan.

1) ‘At the SYNAGOGUE of Satan’… who are the only people that attend Synagogues?
2)’ I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty’ The people we know as Jews are NOT in poverty. We all know Hollywood, Top Banking Families, Best Lawyers etc are ‘Jews.’ The United States backs Israel Militarily and Financially.

Finally, and most important, read ALL of Deuteronomy the “Jews” did not fulfill those prophecies. Example Deut 28:68 “The LORD will bring you BACK TO EGYPT in ships, by the way about which I spoke to you, ‘You will never see it again!’ And there you will offer yourselves for sale to your enemies as male and female slaves”

1) The Hebrew word Egypt is Mitsrayim which has two meanings a) land of Egypt 2) Bondage… In other words they will be brought into slavery again in Ships.
2) There is no record of the people we know as ‘Jews’ EVER being brought into slavery on ships. Again, read ALL of Deut. This isn’t rocket scientist, there is only one group of people who fits that description.

There is SO SO SO much more I could get into. Let me say it like this: You can check all the things I have typed. Begin your search of the truth. Our pastors have told us lies and devil has truly deceived us all.

On a final note. This is for all who have eyes, let them read. Search out the truth because its all there for those who want it.

God Bless

January 7, 2014 at 6:21 pm
(129) Ban Nabaaya says:

Not only was Samson black but all the tribes of Israel were black. They all came out of the seed of one man, a black man the world calls Jacob. Furthermore the Bible tells us that this black man had four wives and he took them all of his own people. In other words, he married within his own “race”, so his offspring were not “mixed”. They were a black African people . . . all of them.

How do I know he was black?

1. His offspring were black,
2. Abraham, his grandfather, is an Ethiopian,
3. God said they would never be pale.

The Bible explains this plainly.

Solomon said he was black. (Song of Solomon 1:5)

Jeremiah said was black. (Jeremiah 8:21)

The Jews are black (Jeremiah 14:2)

Both Paul and Moses were mistaken for Egyptians. The real Egyptians are “African” people. (Exodus 2 and Acts 21)

Jesus had wooly hair and skin so dark it looked like he was burnt in a furnace! (Revelations 1:14-15)

Their God is black. He had wooly hair and skin like polished brash (Daniel 7 and Daniel 10)

God himself says that the Israelites (His people) would NEVER wax pale (Isaiah 29:22)

The Bible tells us that Abraham, the father of all of these nations was an Ethiopian! His descendant Zepporah (Moses’ wife) was both a Midianite (Exodus 2) and an Ethiopian (Numbers 12). The Midianites are an Ethiopian (African) people. Midian, their father, was the fourth son of Abraham and Keturah (Genesis 25:25). So you see, Abraham was a black man and black men have black children except when there’s a birth defect.

Your society, churches, schools and Hollywood are teachers of lies and you want to cleave to these lies. That’s why you don’t know what Samson looked like. (Jeremiah 16-19). Your fathers inherited lies and they taught you lies. I came to set the record straight. The children of the slave trade (so-called Negroes) are the only real Jews on the planet. Everybody else are impostors! (Revelations 2:9, Revelations 3:9)

January 12, 2014 at 1:57 am
(130) Kassy says:

Funny, everybody focus on skin color but nobdy wonder where Manoah is, Samson’s dad.

So when u portay a Black dude he should automatically be front a single-parent household?!!

January 18, 2014 at 8:43 pm
(131) SDOT says:

How sad … so caught up in “color” that we cannot even appreciate the lessons in the Bible. You ask does Samson’s “race” matter? Apparently it DOES to many commenters. Forty years I’ve been alive, and I still do not understand how the color of a human being’s skin = RACE. I am a CHRISTIAN. I am a CHILD OF GOD. Does it matter the hue of my skin? It shouldn’t. However, in today’s world – in America, that seems to matter more than anything. I will pray for all of you who are so caught up in COLOR that you cannot see the truth in God’s unconditional love.

February 15, 2014 at 1:16 am
(132) Matu says:

These are some very good comments. I noticed all the cry-babies ran scared, they dare not bother to counter cold, hard Biblical FACTS. Kudos to all of you for pointing out the truth– the devil is a liar! But may God and His Word be true!

February 15, 2014 at 11:21 pm
(133) Shelton Allison says:

it seems to me that the Edomite’s have a hard time believing that the KJV Bible is strictly talking about the Israelite people. Who so happen to be Negroes leading up to the genealogy of the Messiah who also happen to be a man of color from the race of Jacob, Abraham, Isaac and Joseph. By the way people if the Negro race comes in all shade of brown not black. Different shades of black turns out gray! So this can not be truth from the start no matter how Satan minded Edomite people from Esau’s lineage and Japheth or Hams mix race breeding. Thus said The Lord of host I know those who say they are Jews and are not!!!!!!!!!

February 16, 2014 at 9:00 am
(134) Camilla says:

Thank God, for the deliverance of the African
People! I know now why the slaves were not allowed to read, so that we could remain in darkness about the true history of our people. Miss everybody in the world had dark skin in the biblical era except cave dwellers that had the skin disease leprosy. Unless he was a leprod, he was black too. The African race is the only race not mentioned in the bible written by the white race, our oppressors. Your country you wrote the history. i never understood that until God gave me the gift to uread between the lines

February 17, 2014 at 8:12 am
(135) LEE says:

The Israelites of the Bible were all black people, this is an archaeological fact. The images from the Saqqara pyramids; the images from the tombs of the Phroahs depict the Hebrews as black men and women with afros and black skin. The black Obelisk of Shalmaneser 3rd has an image of a black King Jehu bringing tribute to Shalmaneser…it also has images of the black Jews with Jehu carrying the tribute…all with afros and black skin. There is a map called an accurate map of negro land that you can find at Northwestern University, this map was created by the Royal Cartographer for two kings, King George the 2nd of England and King Louis xvi of France. When the map maker Emanuel Bowen was thru he wrote that the name of the slave coast was orignally called the Kingdom of Judah. There is a publication at Louisiana state University titled, Creole New Orleans. This publication has an eyewitness account of slave ships coming from West Africa, on page 67 of this publication it states that SIX SLAVE SHIPS CAME FROM JUDAH…and landed at the mouth of the Mississipi. Edited by R. Hirsch, Louisiana state university Press.
There are laws that are attached to archaeology and history that must be applied and in this case one of the laws of archaeology state that if the artifacts that come out of the ground refute the historian then the archaeologists must side with the artifact. The artifacts say that the Israelites of your Bible were and still are a black people.Lastly, there is a verse in Deuteronomy 28:68 that says Israel will be scattered into every nation under the sun…..every nation includes Africa as well people…..God bless you all….don’t be in awe because Samson was black go on line and look at the coin with Josephs name and image ….found in Egypt museum …Cairo…depicts Joseph as a black man….there is a great book on this subject called; the Negro question the African slave ships that came from Judah..author Lee Cummings…..peace!

February 18, 2014 at 6:13 am
(136) Sarah says:

As far as I can find out, the caucasian race is only around 300 years old. Correct me guys if you know more/different. But I believe the first mention of us was in Georgia/Armenia in early 1700′s. If the year is now 2013 (and some calendars say different), then doing the maths…. yep, no one in the bible was ‘white’ by the modern-day classification of it.

February 18, 2014 at 12:04 pm
(137) Smh says:

Mary u are a lost woman that’s spreading lies.. none of what you said can be backed by facts.. it’s so sad that you would rather post lies then dare to believe that Samson was a BLACK MAN (which he was) I’ve never seen a white man with locks and if he does have them they’re soft.. I pray you find your way you and your friends on FOX NEWs that also believes Jesus was white man..lol.. #sad

February 19, 2014 at 4:49 pm
(138) lisa says:

All of you who are emphatic about Samson not being black should be just as emphatic about his not being white. You did not live during the time but the description in your bible, if you are going to believe one part believe it all, gives a pretty good description and the Samson portrayed fits the bill.

February 21, 2014 at 12:11 am
(139) Bill Jones says:

the relevancy of the skin color of Samson does not define black people or white people. the bible does not indicate his skin color neither black or white. the only person in the whole bible that is define as white is Solomon, however the bible describes several people in the bible as black, Job, Simon the man that carried Jesus cross, Mark in the gospel of Mark, Cush the grandson of Noah, Nimrod the founder of Babylon, the Shulamite woman that Solomon was madly in love with. contrary what some people believes it does not define Jesus as white nor black.

March 4, 2014 at 5:56 pm
(140) Matu says:

I would take this conversation even further. Someone said earlier no one in the Bible was “white”, in the conventional sense. I would say that is true to a degree. White people (the Gentiles, Gen 10:5). were a non factor in the OT (sorry). Unlike Japheth, the progenitor of the white race, Ham and Shem are never listed as the “Gentiles”, in fact, they intermixed and inter-married a lot, and were often mistaken for one another (Joseph, his family when they buried Abraham in Canaan, Moses, and Paul). By that definition alone, Samson was definitely Black, but no one is saying that Delilah, a Philistine (a Hamitic people) should have been portrayed Black as well! For the most part, EVERYONE IN THAT MOVIE SHOULD HAVE BEEN BLACK, EVEN JESUS!!!! Yes, JESUS. If Daniel envisioned the Ancient of Days had skin like burnt brass and hair like pure wool, its no surprise His Son would look the same in Revelations. Therefore, who do you think God’s chosen people are then???? Something to think about…

March 4, 2014 at 6:15 pm
(141) Matu says:

Everyone in the Bible was pretty much Black. That includes Samson AND Delilah, a Philistine (Hamite). Yes, this also includes the Ancient of Days (Daniel) and His Son Jesus Christ (Revelations). The Genitles (whites) were a non factor, we don’t really see them until the NT. They have been killing, stealing and destroying since then. No wonder why God always lists Japheth last… go figure…

March 11, 2014 at 7:32 pm
(142) Revived says:

Matu, you could not have said it better!

March 11, 2014 at 8:27 pm
(143) Revived says:

Those who say they are Jews are not. The Jew-ish people of today most definitely are not the Jews of the bible. The Jews of today have never been sold as bondmen or bondwomen, they were not taking by ships, they have never been consumed by there enemy, nor have they had yokes of iron around their necks.(Deuteronomy 28). The only nation of people that have endured these things are Hebrews(known today as black). We endured all of this things because we broke our covenant by not following his laws, commandments or statues. Stripped from our heritage our language basically non-existing. Race is so important that it is the LARGEST SECRET in HIS-STORY!!! This is for all of Mankind:PEOPLE PLEASE READ THIS AWESOME BOOK WITH AN OPEN MIND. SELF TEACH AND DON’T FOLLOW TRADITION OT WHAT YOU HAVE BEEN TAUGHT…..THE ROAD TO REDEMPTION IS NARROW/THE ROAD TO DESTRUCTION WIDE OPEN… Goodnight Brothers and Sisters. All praises to the most high!!!!

March 11, 2014 at 8:46 pm
(144) Revived says:

Hebrew Israelites from the Tribe of Judah. An older KJV version actually has the word BLACK in it.

March 21, 2014 at 11:50 pm
(145) Matu says:

Thank you Revived, I noticed nary a person has come here to refute the lineages of the Table of Nations in Gen 10, and the geographical and physical closeness between the Hamites and Shemites. God doesn’t even mention the Japhites, until they come robbing and looting by the time the NT opens up with Matthew. The author of this ill-written piece is GROSSLY in error, the ancient Hebrews HAD to have been Black, how else could Moses pass as an Egyptian in the Pharaoh’s palace? Wasn’t he mistaken for an Egyptian by Jethro’s daughters (another Black/Hamitic man)? God himself emphatically states that it was a greater miracle for Moses to have stuck his (Black) hand into his bosom, only to turn it as LEPOROUS (white) as snow. Where is the miracle in that if Moses was already white or even tanned white? If Moses were white, wouldn’t the greater miracle be for God to turn his had the complete opposite color as him (Black)? Hmmm…. someone *cough*the author of this whack article*cough* is a few fries short of a happy meal!

March 23, 2014 at 2:23 pm
(146) Lea Misigaro says:

To Marcus who said and I quote “Were ancient Hebrews black in skin color? No
Were ancient Egyptians black in skin color? No”

I would like you to look at Exodus 2 :19 when the women whom were saved by Moses identified him as an “Egyptian” and at that timing even though he was born a Jew and we know from looking at hieroglyphics Egyptian when A reddish brown as well as a darker Brown completion… and since he was automatically considered a Egyptian instead of a Jew then it can be also said that there were Black Jews….

Speaking of Which when the Jews were taken out of Egypt it was said many people of many backgrounds had left with them , whom all later became the different houses of God’s Chosen …..

Jews are not only White
to this day there are still Jews who have been moved in : scattered parts of Asia & Africa.

God didn’t make His chosen look just one way … He made them look like the Gentiles so they could go to corners of the world and preach His word…..

March 24, 2014 at 1:06 pm
(147) Cherrelle says:

Than non of the characters except for the Romans should be portrayed as white. Jesus along with most biblical characters would have been darker skinned. Either of African or Middle Eastern decent. Read biblical descriptions of characters. For example, “Hair like wool and skin like copper.”

March 24, 2014 at 7:51 pm
(148) etown says:

if yahweh people was white. why did he punish miriam who is moses sister, by turning her white come on people, use common sense. that should tell all right there duh

March 29, 2014 at 10:50 am
(149) Matu says:

@etown, I think you’re the one that needs to use common sense. Moses likely had to have been Black to grow undetected as a Hebrew in Pharaoh’s palace. And yes, the Egyptians have always been a dark-skinned people, just google famed Greek historian Herodotus, Count Volney, even Aristotle just to name a few. Also, read the miracle of Moses’ hand turning white very carefully. Notice in Gen 4:8, God himself says that this miracle was indeed a GREATER miracle than the latter miracle of the snake turning into a staff. Remember, white skin was an anomaly, and nothing to be envied in that climate/geographical location. Therefore Moses and the Hebrews were likely what any American would call “Black”. Miriam and Aaron murmured against Moses b/c his wife was not a Hebrew, remember the Hebrews stuck together as a nation for the most part, they didn’t like to mix with other nations too much, unless that nation would worship Yahweh and adopt their own customs.

March 29, 2014 at 8:47 pm
(150) begsandacon says:

No offense but who cares. Most of the characters are played by caucasion men or women with English accents. That’s really not accurate..so if you think about it..the whole thing is wrong. In order for it to be perfect they would have to have an all Israeli cast and use subtitles in order to translate everything into ancient Aramaic..so who cares right? It’s not gonna be perfect no matter how you look at it, but the spirit of it is there and that is all that matters. I’m sure none of the actors actually resemble the characters anyway. Glad they were able to look past the color of the actor’s skin and give the man a good chance at playing a great role!

March 30, 2014 at 11:53 pm
(151) The lighthouse says:

Color only matters to the people that’s left out. We all know, or should know that there are no characters,(significant) characters in the bible that are indeed european. The bible has been white washed right along with the true indentity, religion, and culture of Gods true chosen people. Whites were created by black people, blacks by the Father in Heaven. White people hate the fact that they are insignificant when it all boils down and have contributed far less to the world than they take credit for. I’m not trying to offend anyone but the facts are the facts. White people have had to rig the system in order to compete let alone survive in a world of color. So it fits the european best to steal what they can’t and haven’t done for themselves. Everything about them came from the people of color. They are of little significants thieves at best. They know this and they hate blacks for it to this day, and I can’t blame them they couldn’t compete with people of color on a level playing field. They know blacks are Gods chosen people and would rather kill them off than allow them to have solice in that fact. So tell the truth and same the devil I dare you, all of you. Whites dont, have ever, and will never fit the description of the true Israelites. Blacks are indeed people of color! May the Most High bless each and every one of us no matter the color.h.

April 2, 2014 at 10:19 pm
(152) Cozaree says:

Jesus had wholly (wooly)hair , as the Bible describes. Wooly hair is kinky hair.

April 2, 2014 at 10:26 pm
(153) Cozaree says:

Samson had locks for hair. White men hair ismostly straight not kinky.

April 10, 2014 at 1:14 am
(154) Marco says:

People are funny who’d rather look to other uninformed people for answers than finding out the “shocking” truth by researching themselves

The Bible is an African Story about African people who just so happen to have black skin or be “black” as westerners tend to umbrella anybody with melanin in their skin

Not only does the Bible state this but common sense tells you white skinned people would not have lasted very long in the desert

April 11, 2014 at 9:47 am
(155) Schennia says:

Although I believe that Yah loves all his children, whites were not his chosen people. The pale skinned Jews of today, were not the “original Jews”. So it’s unfortunate that the “Powers that be” who are often white, have lied to their own people about what their ancestors have done! Whitewashing biblical history covered up BLACK history and the true identity of the black race. Unfortunately, their own selfish gain not only hindered blacks from knowing who they truly are, but it gave whites a part 2-
false sense of reality which makes it harder for them to grasp the possibility of a black Samson, God, or Jesus! As a black person, I feel sorry for them because blacks have had to see the same white Jesus for centuries and still make the decision to love him anyway, even though their oppressors had the same skin tones. Whites have been looking at the same white Jesus all their lives. That depiction is comfortable for them. To some, it is more comfortable than the truth because the truth is hard to swallow. However, if one truly loves God, they will find out the truth for themselves, accept it , and be comfortable with it because it is a revelation of God’s true being. And that’s what’s most important. When you know in your heart that it truly “does not matter”, then and only then, is when it “does not matter”.

April 11, 2014 at 3:29 pm
(156) John says:

It matter what people the ancestors are to see the intentions of other.Also as a young so called black. It is nice to know are true history not Anglo- American history because racism has told us we are not capable of any good or right which is a lie. PS: Don’t steal my history from me in the name of GOD.Love to all those with good hearts and truth.

April 12, 2014 at 4:31 pm
(157) black Christian says:

black or any othe dark skin color…the fact is none of those people in that part of the worl was lilly white…. they never depct any bible person of power to be of any color…they are always Lilly white when any iintelligent individual know thise peole may mot all have been black or african descent but they certainty was not Caucasian or of european decent ..npbladk t in that deasert!!!!

April 13, 2014 at 3:37 pm
(158) Edge says:

Jesus you came to die for all
it is really sad we are not all for You
thank You my skin color do not matter to you
I thank you for choosing different people of different language and of different parts of the world to proclaim your word
when you take your breath from us, our bodies go back to the ground from which we were formed
when you said to Peter not to called any man common or unclean , it made me realize salvation is for all who come to repentance
thank you Lord Jesus

April 14, 2014 at 12:46 pm
(159) Uyi says:

If you want to know why an understanding regarding why the color of the true Isrealites people matters, you need to understand that the Most High spoken of in the Bible set these people apart and made a covenant with the children of Isreal and also spoke of a new covenant that he would make with them again.

Jeremiah 31:31-33. ” 31 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt; which my covenant they brake, although I was an husband unto them, saith the Lord:

33 But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the Lord, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

Without an understanding of who the children of Israel are, they are unable to abide by the will of the God of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob.

As far as the skin color of the true Israelites, the bible does speak about who they are and what curses would take place if they did not follow the laws, statutes, and commandments. This is also another reason why they must know who they are.

See Deuteronomy 28:68
“68 And the Lord shall bring thee into Egypt again with ships, by the way whereof I spake unto thee, Thou shalt see it no more again: and there ye shall be sold unto your enemies for bondmen and bondwomen, and no man shall buy you.”

If you read your Bible, you will know that Egypt was a form of bondage or slavery for the children of Isreal.

April 14, 2014 at 12:47 pm
(160) Uyi says:

As far as appearance, there are several verses that speak about the appearance of the children of Israel, I will list a few.

Acts 13:1 ” 13 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.”

In the above passage, it speaks of Niger, which is known as West Africa.

Jeremiah 14:2 “Judah mourneth, and the gates thereof languish; they are black unto the ground; and the cry of Jerusalem is gone up”

Lamentations 4:8 “8 Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.”

Visage comes from the Latin word that means complexion, hue, features.

Lamentations 5:10 “10 Our skin was black like an oven because of the terrible famine.”

Job 30:30 “My skin is black upon me, and my bones are burned with heat”

So, many other verses I can point to that describe who the children of Israel are.

So, to my brothers and sisters from the house of Israel (African-Americans, Mexicans, Native Americans, Hawaiians, Aborigines of Australia, Haitians, Dominicans, Cubans, Puerto Ricans, Filipinos; this is for you, so that you can understand who you truly are.

For, my brothers and sisters in Christ, I am also writing this for your understanding. The Bible says that the Most High (spoken of in Psalms 91:1, Psalms 47:2, Psalms 82:6) that he will bless those that bless Israel and curse those that curse Israel. Without and understanding of who Israel is, how do you know whom you are cursing or blessing?

April 18, 2014 at 2:09 pm
(161) Andrés says:

Well it’s a really hilarious production when it comes to election of characters among other things.

Israeli people were mediterranean, much more alike Greek and Roman, they were lighter than egyptians (who were and are caucasian for the most part), for example. It can be seen in many old records and depictions that Israeli people were big-and-dark-eyed, dark-haired, long-nosed white people, just like most iraqis are today. It is important to remark than most of Jude descents today have german or other European blood too.

April 19, 2014 at 4:00 pm
(162) Hodel says:

Better than the “fair skinned” portrayals of biblical characters and blonde blue eyed Jesus actors we have seen over the years. Christians need also to read the Real Old Testament which is the Hebrew version taken from the Aramaic and they will be very surprised to not find the virgin birth in Isiah 7:14. In the original Aramaic there are 2 words, Almah and Betulah, one means “young woman” and the other,”virgin”. The word in the original text is “young woman” will bear a son, and NOT virgin. Therefore there really is no mention of a virgin birth and it really was the prophesy of the coming birth of the son of the Prophet Isaiah as my Rabbi explained it to me. There are many versions of the Old and New Testaments in Christianity, but ONLY ONE ORIGINAL HEBREW BIBLE and since Jesus lived and died as a Jew I feel it incumbent on all Christians to be familiar with HIS religion.

April 19, 2014 at 7:31 pm
(163) Debbie Christianson says:

They are quoting the Bible. One statement from the Bible says He was a Nazirite from the womb. He was a judge and only an Izraelite could be a judge. It appears this was done on purpose showing a lighter skin woman bring down a black man. I am disappointed this movie tries to change one of the Bibles accounts of history and possibly cause racial unrest among our society that has become very sensitive about racism. Every one is jumping on the band wagon to make interracial marriage and relations the norm.
There are children who learn from these movies about the Bible who do not go to Church.

April 22, 2014 at 6:31 am
(164) Tee says:

Original man and original Hebrew was bronze in skin. A darker tint of Amber. Resembling a lot closer to black than white. Caucasian originate from the tribe of edem. Ancient Egyptian was definitely black in skin. Location is the only reason of difference in pigmentation. The further you get from the sun the lighter in pigmentation the people will be. I loved the portrayal of Samson and wouldn’t have imagined it any way other. Very good series also.

April 22, 2014 at 10:27 pm
(165) zoe says:

I hope everyone who is complaining about the (in)accuracy of Samson’s portrayal cares just as much about the inaccurate portrayal of Jesus Christ, who most likely looked more like a black-haired, darker skinned Middle Easterner than the actor they employed.

April 25, 2014 at 5:14 pm
(166) Jaromey says:

Do you think Samson was white, in that time period…..Did anyone white existed in that time period in that area?
Whites are Europeans right?

April 25, 2014 at 7:21 pm
(167) BROKENHEART says:

I HAVE BEEN FORCED TO STOP READING THESE COMMENTS LEST THEY CAUSE ME TO BECOME EVEN PHYSICALLY SICKER THAN I FEEL NOW!!! TELL YOU WHAT, TO ALL THOSE THAT ARE SOOO FOCUSED ON RACE SUPERIORITY BEING YOUR MAJOR CONCERN IN YOUR CHRISTIAN WALK, WHY DON’T YOU SPEND MORE TIME FOLLOWING THE TEACHINGS & INSTRUCTIONS OF OUR SAVIOR! THAT WAY YOU CAN DO WHAT YOUR SUPPOSED TO DO AS A CHRISTIAN, WHICH IS SHARE THE GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION!!!…. AS FAR AS THE WHOLE RACE DEBATE, WHEN OR IF YOU DO GET TO HEAVEN YOU CAN ASK AND OR SEE FOR YOURSELF WHO IS WHAT COLOR – IF YOU REALLY BELIEVE THAT IT WILL STILL BE IMPORTANT!
TRY TO REMEMBER…….THIS WORLD IS NOT OUR HOME, NEITHER ARE THE ISSUES OF THIS WORLD OURS. OUR SPIRITS ARE OUR PUREST SELVES & HAVE NO COLOR!!!
CHRIST SAW NO COLOR & NEITHER SHOULD WE. THAT IS A TOOL USED BY THE DEVIL TO DIVIDE & CONQUER. ARE YOU HELPING HIM OR WINNING SOULS FOR CHRIST?
IF YOUR FOR CHRIST, REPENT, GET FOCUSED ON YOUR TRUE JOB HERE & GET BACK TO WORK PLEASE!
LOVE YOUR SISTER IN CHRIST JESUS OUR LORD!

April 26, 2014 at 5:58 pm
(168) Aaron Lewis, Lenoir, N.C. says:

Where was the garden of Eden? Where did the dust God created man out of come from? Was it Africa? What color is dust? I am glad I have the Spirit of the MOST HIGH GOD abiding in me. That makes me a son of GOD. GOD is a SPIRIT. Amen?

April 28, 2014 at 3:26 am
(169) Nunyabidness says:

I just love the comments here stating Caucasians are from this tribe, and blacks are from that tribe, when the bible did not give the skin colors of these tribes. They state it, as if it is fact, when it is not. It is merely the posters uninformed opinion. But I do know this. DNA studies have proven so called black Israelites have no Middle Eastern connection whatsoever. None. Zip. Nada. This is fact. Another fact, is that hair and bones from both females and males at Masada. Guess what? Also not African. And the scientists did not even need the expensive analysis they did to prove it, even though they did it anyways. Why? Because the hair they found was not Afro, and was not red. WOW! So A Jew at Masada had Caucasian red hair 2000 years ago? Why is this important? Because it backs it adds further proof to the insurmountable DNA evidence of today’s Jewry. See, the so called Black Israelite movement of today, which started in the late 1800′s by a disgruntled pedophile, likes to ignore the scientific evidence. They also like to pick and choose what they want, to try to prove a point, and ignore everything else. And on top of that, they use the bible. As if one sentence of the bible could not be interpreted in 3 different ways. But their interpretation is the only one that matters. They also disregard both oral and written history from different civilizations. Plus, they say that, well, we were all black at one time, so this proves it.

April 28, 2014 at 3:29 am
(170) Nunyabidness says:

While this is true, the Abrahamic religion only started within the last 5-6,000 years. To close in the past for everyone to be black. And there is even pictorial proof, from 3500-4000 years ago. The Book of Gates. There are 4 characters. A white character, a black character, a tan/white character, and a tan/red character. Well, the third character is the Jew. You know, the one with middle eastern skin. How do I know this? The bible told the Jews that they must wear the tzitzit (tassels of knots) on the corners of their clothing. If you look closely at that character, guess what? He is the ONLY character with the tassels on the corners of his clothing. And I like they way they try to use the Khazarian theory as further proof. Out of many, many scientists, only 1 believes the Khazar theory. Which at this time, it’s till only theory and not fact. But even if it was true, that would only mean converts of one group of Jews. But not Sephardi, or Mizrachi, or Cochin, or Romaniote or all the other groups of Jews. Who, by the way, all share the same DNA and Middle Eastern connection as their Ashkenazi brethren. And even if all of todays Jewry turned out to be nothing more than converts, well I have a news flash! Even Abraham and his descendants were all converts.

April 28, 2014 at 3:30 am
(171) Nunyabidness says:

Yes, Abraham had another god, before god spoke to him. And, to make matters worse, the first Hebrews were neither all related, nor did most come from Abraham. Once again, the bible records Abraham talking about his “people” and the group following him, even before he had children. So ALL Hebrews and Israelites and Jews, started out as converts. Just as every christian started to. But what does all this matter? Well, to those of us that really don’t care about skin color today, or who belongs in what religion, it matters absolutely nothing. But for historical accuracy, and those who care about it, the facts are facts, and peer reviewed empirical DNA evidence just doesn’t lie. And neither does ancient bones and hair color! Lol!

April 29, 2014 at 9:03 pm
(172) Matu says:

nunya, I can already see what you’re trying to do here, and well, it just won’t work, so I’ll try to make my response very brief and concise. First, there was no “middle eastern” in the bible, if we are to go by what’s written that land is ARABIA and it was populated by Hamites and Shemites. As for all that DNA nonsense, DNA tests done by “x” company claimed that King Tut (a Hamite) was irish or some nonsense to that effect — upon further investigation the company admitted to announcing the misleading results for media attention. Also Black people (Hamites AND Shemites — and possibly Japethites) come in a VARIETY of skin colors, hair types and phenotypes, just ask the Africans along the Horn of Africa, or the Bushmen of the Kalahari or the Pygmies of Congo, or the Masai of the Great Rift, or the Negritos of Phillipines or Aboriginies of Oceania, I think you get the point. African genetic diversity is a SCIENTIFIC FACT, it impossible for anyone to create them, they created EVERYONE ELSE!!! Moving on, quite honestly I don’t know who those people are in present day Israel, but I DO KNOW they look nor sound NOTHING like the ancient Hebrews of the Bible. Unless they can be confused for the ancient Egyptians like Joseph, his brothers, Moses and Paul were, sorry, they ain’t it. Unless they grew locks and afros (yeah, there goes your afros, hon) as as depicted in the wall reliefs of men led away under Assyrian and Babylonian captivity, the present-day jews just ain’t it . Unless they fit the description of a cursed people (Deut 28, Leviticus, Daniel) b/c of their continual disobedience to God, and now salvation is open to the gentiles as a result of that disobedience, then sorry, your precious little jews from russian, germany, poland, etc, ain’t it. I can go on, but I promised to be brief.

May 8, 2014 at 8:22 pm
(173) T. Barry says:

You state Samson was probably not black because his father was an Israelite, you maybe wrong, check out on You Tube the Physical Appearance of the True Hebrew Israelite. It’s quite interesting, remember we are spirits with a soul housed in a body.

Much love,

T. Barry

May 19, 2014 at 11:08 pm
(174) scott says:

Samson had skin as dark as coal.. do you read them word?

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