Ever Been Called "Anti-Semitic"? - Jews ARE NOT The Only Semites!
Ever heard somebody use the anti-Semitic buzzword when you said something they didn't want to hear? Well it's time to set the record straight.
The definition of a Semite according to multiple sources
First used in the late 18th century for those who descended from Noah's son Shem. Today it commonly identifies people who speak a Semitic ...
1. a member of any of various ancient and modern peoples originating in southwestern Asia, including the Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs.
2. a Jew.
3. a member of any of the peoples descended from Shem, the eldest son of Noah.
1847, "Jew, Arab, Assyrian, AramÃ¦an," from Mod.L. Semita, from L.L. Sem "Shem," one of the three sons of Noah
Online Etymology Dictionary
Someone who belongs to the Semitic peoples. The Semites are supposedly descended from the biblical Shem, the eldest son of Noah.
American Heritage New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
So as you can see all the sources agree that a Semite descends from Shem, the oldest son of Noah. Obviously Dictionary.com had to give the short-sided, less-researched answer of "a Jew" when, as you will shortly see, this definition is clearly lacking in an understanding of the descendants of Shem and Israel in general.
The diagram attached shows a stellar genealogy of the sons of Shem illustrating that the tribe of Judah is merely 1 of 12 of the tribes. This means that they are not the only Semites, there are 11 other tribes!
So the next time you're called "anti-Semitic" in relation to the Jewish race perhaps what the person really meant to say was that they were anti-research.Filed under: Words & Numbers
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