Hagar and Keturah

            Abraham’s Black Concubine and Second Wife

                       And the Naming of Africa


            One of the most important and influential men in the Old Testament is Abraham, affectionately called father by three major religions of the world. Abraham and his beautiful wife Sarai wandered the deserts of Africa, Asia, and Arabia in search of a  city “whose builder and maker was God” Himself.   During this trek through Africa, Abraham feared its greatest black king known as Pharaoh would slay him in order to take his beautiful wife, later called Sarah.  According to Genesis, Abraham married his half sister, who was also a descendant of Shem. (Gen. 11:10-27)  Abraham told his wife to tell the Pharaoh that he was her brother, so the African king would spare his life.  Fooled by this deception, the African King took Abraham’s beautiful Shemitic wife to ravish her, and God had to intervene to rescue her.  Later, Abraham and Sarah told the same lie to another black King who also wished to misuse Sarah for his pleasure. (The beauty of Abram’s wife must have been remarkable, for she was in her mid 60’s and late 80’s when these events happened.)  God again intervened.  The biblical account is as follows:


“And there was a famine in the land: and Abram went down into Egypt to sojourn there; for the famine was grievous in the land.  And it came to pass, when he was come near to enter into Egypt, that he said unto Sarai his wife, Behold now, I know that thou art a fair woman to look upon: Therefore it shall come to pass, when the Egyptians shall see thee, that they shall say, This is his wife: and they will kill me, but they will save thee alive.  Say, I pray thee, thou art my sister: that it may be well with me for thy sake; and my soul shall live because of thee. And it came to pass, that, when Abram was come into Egypt, the Egyptians beheld the woman that she was very fair.  The princes also of Pharaoh saw her, and commended her before Pharaoh: and the woman was taken into Pharaoh's house.  And he entreated Abram well for her sake: and he had sheep, and oxen, and he asses, and menservants, and maidservants, and she asses, and camels. And the LORD plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai Abram's wife.  And Pharaoh called Abram, and said, What is this that thou hast done unto me? Why didst thou not tell me that she was thy wife?  Why saidst thou, She is my sister? so I might have taken her to me to wife: now therefore behold thy wife, take her, and go thy way.  And Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him: and they sent him away, and his wife, and all that he had.” (Gen. 12)


 Beset by plagues, this Hamitic king sent Abraham and Sarah away, giving them treasure and some Egyptian maidservants. (Gen. 12:15-16)  Abraham later fathered a son by one of these African maidens, whose name was Hagar.  The Egyptians were not Canaanites, but were their cousins.  Recall that after the Flood, Ham, the father of the black races, established Egypt, referred to in Psalms 105 and 106 refer to as “the land of Ham.”  The Egyptians were direct descendants of Ham through his son, Mizraim (Egypt).  Abraham’s affair  with his African handmaiden led to an  entire race and religion that calls Abraham its father: the Arabic religion of Islam. A son named Ishmael was born from the union between Shemitic Abraham and his African concubine, Hagar. Shemitic people take pride in their male’s lineage and ignore the lineage of the female.  Even as in biblical times, Shemitic countries today do not hold  females in high regard. Therefore, the Arabs of Islam call themselves Shemitic through Abraham rather than Hamitic by Hagar.  Modern day Egyptians claim their lineage is Shemitic through Ishmael, Abraham’s out-of-wedlock son, but they still want to claim lineage from the Pharaohs, who were not from Ishmael’s line at all, but existed prior to Abraham, much less his son Ishmael, but Ham’s. (1 Chron. 1:17-27, Gen. 20:12) You need to understand the ramifications of this story in all its facets not just the notable ones. Order Blacks in the Bible Vol. I or The Complete Works of Biblical Black History and its Prophecy of the Races at WWW.BLACKSINTHEBIBLE.NET