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Arabia, Israel, Iraq, Samaria, Babylon

I The historical record shows many intimate connections between Arabs, Muslims, Hebrews and Jews, and Babylon. The nation we equate with Israel began as tribes in the deserts of Arabia. Some of them were allies, some opponents, of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). However, we know his Uncle-in-law was Jewish via Khadijah, and helped the Prophet reject the fear he was insane, for hearing Gabriel speak some of the Old Testament scriptures to him. II The synagogue system of worship was begun in Ira q (Babylon) III Tel Aviv was a famous Jewish city in Iraq, before it was "revived" in present - day Israel. IV Strictly-speaking "Jews" refer to Jesus' tribe, as He is the Lion of Judah; the other 11 tribes of ancient Israel (Hebrew tribes) are the ten tribes of old Israel then called Samaria, or Ephraim with Samaria as the capital. The remaining tribe of Benjamin - from which the great missionary Paul (Saul) descended - was located in JUDEA, or the Southern Kingdom (with Jerusalem as capital). V As i pointed out previously, the Samaritans have survived for millennia near Mount Gerizim (adjoining Nablus, in the Occupied West Bank - which some Israelis call SAMARIA even today). They were persecuted by Arabs and Jews as neither fish nor fowl, especially during the 1940s, and during intifadas. West_bank Samaritans remained neutral, declaring their connection with Abraham through Jacob (Yakov) son of Isaac, grandson of Abraham. In the parables, Jesus spent much time showing the Samaritans as "good" and worth saving. Samaritans were not allowed to buy land in Israel after 1948; an exception was made in 1950s near Tel Aviv. Recently UKRAINIAN women are recruited as brides for the dwindling Samaritan population (GOOGLE this). Thanks to Israeli scholars who proved the Samaritan story in the 1950s. shalom, shalom. Yes, we have differences, but we have much in common! NOTES: 1. Khadijah, the Prophet's first wife, was a business man, and likely a Christian. Her father, Khuwaylid Ibn Asad was also leader in Quresh tribe. 2. Her relative, Warak -al-Naufal (sometimes El-NORFIL) was a Christian and a minister. Of course he used the Bible in Arabic (as ME Christians still do).

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Date: 6/1/2020 8:08:00 AM
It is a shame we do not treat each other as family. We are indeed branches from the same tree yet we see each other as separate although we remain connected at our roots.
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Anil Deo
Date: 6/1/2020 9:11:00 AM
Shalom shalom Richard. The relative through marriage was a Christian minister or "priest" but - as expected then - they used the Bible in Arabic. Khadijah was likely a Christian, too. Her dad, Khuwaylid Ibn Asad was a leader in the same tribe as Islam's prophet. So many marriages, even today, are "political" or for reasons that include "connections" .... We R more alike than we say