ACCORDING THE BOOK: BEFORE THE CONVENANT, BY EUGENE AKANNAM;
The name “Abraham,” is known to most religions and cultures of the world. However, no one knows the true meaning or the nativity of that name. Yes, the Bible identifies Abraham as “the Hebrew” (Gen. 14:13), but no one knows the Igbo meaning of the words “Abraham” or “Hebrew”. The Jews do not know the meaning nor do the Christians or the Moslems. There is a reason for this vacuum in knowledge. The Jews, Christians, and Moslems are not a people, but individuals from different races. As religions dominated by non-Hebrews, neither the Jews nor the Christians know, speak, nor understand the language of Abraham, or the culture that raised him from childhood. Moreover, the term, Hebrew is used both as the identity of the people – the ancestors of Abraham as well as the language they speak. What this suggests is that in order to know the native identity of Abraham, one must first of all, find out the meanings of the word, “Hebrew” and the name, “Abraham”. We must bear in mind, however, that the language of Abraham is not Arabic, Aramaic, Greek, English, or Latin. The language of Abraham is Igbo (ancient) language, and it is the first language of the universe. This ancient language may have been spoken in Asia Minor from Sumer/Mesopotamia to the lands of Canaan and Egypt at some point in time, but except for its traces, this language is not spoken in
any of these places today. And the people who are native to this language did not disappear from this world as experts and scholars may have led the world to believe. Igbo (Hebrew) descendants, who speak this ancient language, are alive and well today in Igboland of Nigeria. This is the place to which I have traced Abraham. There are villages in various parts of Igboland that identify themselves as children of Abraham to this day. For example, there is Oha-Abiam (The people of Abram) in Aba (Arba) in Abia State, Nigeria. The term, “Oha” means “the people” and “Abiam” means, “I have come.” Depending on the Igbo dialect, Abiam could be rendered as “Ibiam” in some dialects. Then, there is Umu-Abiamà (children of Abraham) in Anambra State. However, the name, “Abiamà” (Abraham) does not mean “father of many nations” as the Jews and Christians teach rather it means, “he who cames as a witness.” The term “Hebrew” is an evolutional word outcome of the original word in the language of Abraham. The exact word for “Hebrew” in the language of Abraham is “Ndi-Gboo”, abbreviated over the course of history as “Igbo”. The process of dialectical evolution went from “Igbo” to “Ebo”, “Ibo”, “Heebo”, and “Hiburu”; so the term “Hebrew” could have been derived either from “Heebo” or “Hiburu”. The Igbo descendants of Eber (Ebo) in the lineage of Seth (Ezeana) are autochthonous to Igboland. And if we are to visit Adazi-Nnukwu in the Nigerian State of Anambra today, we will confirm that the core family of Umu-Ebo (children of Eber) still ex- ists. It is from the kindred family of Umu-Ebo that the priests of the Adama Priest- hood are chosen. So the term, Ndi-Gboo (Hebrew), means, “Ancient People” and
Igbo people are the only people on earth that the name by which they are known to the world is “Ancient People” because Igbo means ancient people. It was the Igbo ancestors that God calls his ancient/eternal people. (Isa 44:7). The direction that the Jewish and Christian scholars have taken in the research and presentation of Igbo (Hebrew) language and culture is riddled with cultural and linguistic ignorance. Their scholarship represents a gutted-modification of Igbo (Hebrew) language and culture. These scholars are not able to interpret either the names of the patriarchs or deities in the Bible correctly, but they would have been able to interpret these names correctly if they spoke Igbo, the true Hebrew language. This is because Igbo language of the Old Testament is foreign to them. So, the problem of not knowing the true meaning of many biblical names comes from the fact that the Jewish and Christian faiths that control, or lay claims to, the Hebrew heritage of Israel are dominated and directed by foreigners. The majority of Jewish and Christian scholars are Caucasians by race. Now, this is not to say that there are no children of Israel or other Hebrews within the membership of these religious faiths. It is just that the respective leadership of these religions are domi- nated and directed by non-Hebrews who would know very little about the Igbo (Hebrew) people, the original language, and first culture of the earth. As non-Igbo, they have inadequate knowledge of Hebrew tradition, culture, and language, the very “cultural context” upon which the foundations of both the Jewish and Christian faiths are supposed to be rooted. Inadequate knowledge yields half-truths and because of this, the world knows very little about the Hebrew
people, the original language, and first culture of the earth. Unfortunately, this trend will continue because the non-Hebrew nations whose citizens rule the world today are either affiliated with, or are leaders of these two religious faiths. And when people with half-knowledge rule, or are crowned as experts in matters of a tradition and custom to which they are alien, they end up misleading people. This is exactly what is happening to the world under the influence of the Jewish, Chris- tian, and Islamic teachings. What the world knows about the Igbo people and their culture of God on earth is limited to what non-Hebrew leaders who dominate both the Jewish and Christian faiths project to the world. The world is not aware of this because the broad spec- trum of people in the world have been led to believe that Jewish culture is the same as Hebrew culture of God on earth, but this is not true. The Hebrew culture of God is homogeneous and has no room for denominations or such truth-avoidance stances as conservative, liberal, or moderate views as it is with Judaism, Chris- tianity, and Islam. Real life evidence has shown that there is a conflict between what these religious faiths are teaching to their members and the directives from the Bible and the Koran. This is the reason why many people distrust religion today, especially the religions of the Bible and Koran. The spiritual consequences of half-knowledge teachings can be seen when some people, including experts call the Bible a myth. Some go to the extent of say- ing that Abraham, including the twelve patriarchs of Israel never existed or that they are mythical characters borrowed from the mythologies of ancient Egypt. For
example, in his book, The Bible Myth – The African Origin of the Jewish People, Jew- ish author Gary Greenberg arrived at three conclusions: 1) The twelve tribes of Is- rael never existed; 2) Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were characters from Egyptian Mythology; and 3) the first Israelites were Egyptians, followers of Pharaoh Akhen- aton.¹ This misrepresentation of Bible’s truths might not have occurred if true knowledge of the Hebrew people and the original culture of the earth were taught to the world through Jewish and Christian tradition and education.. Unfortunately, this has not been the case and perhaps because of ignorance. But what would Greenberg know. He is neither a Hebrew nor an Israelite. Fortunately, the descendants of the close relatives of Abraham, from both paternal and maternal lineages and including some of his Israelite and Edomite de- scendants, can be traced to sub-Saharan Africa today. And most important, they are not Egyptian descendants of Ham (Ama); they are Igbo descendants of Shem (Chima). These are confirmable facts because both Abraham and the twelve patri- archs of Israel were real people who lived and this can be confirmed from the Bible, as well as the presence of their descendants in many nations today, who de- scribe themselves as Hebrews. To the scholars, Abraham may be a myth, and to the archeologists, he may be virtually impossible to trace; but to the Hebrews, “Fa- ther” Abraham was a real human being and Igbo man. I traced his lineage and found it among the Umu-Diana of Umu-Ebo (children of Eber) in Agukwu: the priestly lineage of the ancient people in Anambra State, Nigeria. One of the reasons why archeologists are not able to trace Abraham is that
archeology is a field of science that deals specifically with where our ancestors of yesterday lived and not necessarily in which part of the world their descendants are living today. The second reason is that sub-Saharan Africa as disclosed earlier may be looked down on by some national leaders as well as some scholars. As a result, all the efforts made by some European missionaries and scholars, who found the presence of Hebrews and Israelites in sub-Saharan Africa, have been ignored, relegated to myths, or beset with unexplained doubts that, in my opinion, are rooted in the arrogance of white supremacy. The story of Abraham is the history of tradition and culture of God – peace and righteousness. Abraham is a product of tradition; a legacy and heritage handed down to him by his Adama priestly ancestors, but religion was established for Abraham. The tradition of Abraham is not Jewish, Christian, or Islamic. The tradition of Abraham is the tradition of God – a culture of harmony on earth through peaceful and righteous living. Likewise, the religion of Abraham is not Judaism, Christianity, nor Islam. Rather, the religion of Abraham is “faithfulness” and “obedience” to God and His commandments. But evidence shows that the doctrines and religion of the Jews, Christians, and Moslems are in stark contrast to those of Abraham and the God they worship. The teachings of these religious faiths, which in my opinion, are based on man-devised doctrines and dogmas, encourage division, intolerance, violence, dehumanization, acts of shamelessness, and massive irresponsibility in our world. Through their present and past actions, they are collectively responsible for the miserable state of our world today.