Were the Hapiru are related to the ancient Hebrews. This is a perfect question for a biblical anthropologist! The short answer is yes. The Ha-piru or Ha-biru are the oldest known caste of ruler-priests from which emerged the Hebrews.
The Hapiru served in the ancient temples and shrines. These were build near major sources of water. A temple was the mansion – hâît, or the house – pirû – of the god, so Ha-piru refers to those who served at the temple or shrine. The word is found among the ancient Dravidians who referred to their East-oriented temples as Opiru , meaning “Sun House.”
In the case of Abraham’s people ha-biru applied to the caste of Horite priests. Scholars agree that the Hapiru or Habiru are related to the proto-Hebrews or Canaanites who are listed in the Amarna Letters. In these 14th century B.C. letters, written in the language of Nimrod’s city of Akkad, the name Habiru is found among the names of other Canaanite peoples. Akkadian is an Afro-Asiatic language and Nimrod was a Kushite kingdom builder. The name Hapiru doesn’t designate a tribal group, but rather a CASTE OF PRIESTS who were dispersed among Afro-Arabian and Afro-Asiatic peoples.
THE HAPIRU MOSES CREATED A TRIBE WHO THEN BECAME THE JEWS
Another explanation involves the predynastic name for the Nile: hapi. Hapi–ru may corresponds to the Egyptian word for the priest who works at Nile temples . The Egyptians called the Hapiru pr.w. The w represents the Egyptian plural suffix. The priests of Horus (Horites) were hapiru. They spread their worldview and their devotion to Horus, the son of God, across the ancient Afro-Asiatic Dominion. So it is very possible that the priests among Abraham’s Horite people were also called Hapiru.
Priests had certain requirements to meet while they were on duty. They wore only linen or clothing made from plants. Clothing made from animals was not permitted. (Here we see another difference between the priest and the shaman.) They shaved their heads and bodies daily. Cold water baths were taken several times a day. They practiced sexual abstinence while performing their duties at the temple.
The Habiru priests were Horites, known in the ancient world for being especially fastidious in their observance of the ceremonial law and for their insistence that MANKIND SHOULD WORSHIP BUT ONE CREATOR .
Other priests were dedicated to the worship of Nature or the elements, or they served a pantheon of deities to which they make offerings to gain favor from the gods. An important distinction between the Horites and other priests rests in their recognition that God propitiates his wrath by his own action.This is the meaning of the account of Abraham’s sleepless night on the mountain. God told him to cut each animal down the middle and laid the halves side by side (Genesis 15). Once this is done, God passes between the animal carcasses and consumes the offering. Abraham observed this, and had no part to play in the action.
The Habiru priests were dispersed widely across the ancient world in the service of great kings. At times and places some Habiru allowed themselves to be influenced by peoples with an inferior moral code. This is called syncretism. Syncretism is the amalgamation or attempted amalgamation of different religions, cultures, or schools of thought.
Like the Priest Kings of Old the Kohanim were and still are the secular rulers of the Jews In the Shetls these Priest rulers held powers of life and death They married into select Kohanim families and learnt the practice service to kings and noblemen In modern times old established Kohanim families like the Rothschilds ,Goldsmiths, etc still rule the Jews and manipulate the Gentiles If a Sanhedrin exists today it will most probably be filled with Cohens
ARE THE MODERN KOHANIM ,THE DESENDANTS OF THE HAPIRU PRIESTS ?
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