The African Origins of Modern Judaism explores the diverse and cosmopolitan make-up of Jewry: Falashim, Sephardim, Ashknezim, the Bene Israel of India, and even Chinese Hebrews (as eclectic as that may sound). A multitude of surprises await the reader as they read this out-of-print book.
In the introduction, Prof. Malcioln states, "Ethnocentricism and xenophobia are forms of prejudice which cause certain scholars to become blind to historical or inclined to falsify them deliberately." In his thesis he proves emphatically that this has been the case in the dictation and presentation of Hebrew history. His most revolutionary assertion is re-designating the so-called "Middle East" as Northeast Africa which challenges the reader's entire conception and understanding of the ethnic identites and appearances of the Hebrew peoples.
He even cuts through religious taboos by assserting that Jesus ("Yeshua" in Hebrew) was in fact black. Additionally we discover that Hebrew for instance is an African language whose foundational linguistic roots are found in ancient Cushitic, the language of Cush, which is present-day Ethiopia. It was this revelation that this reviewer took the undertaking of studying Hebrew and further exploring his Jewish roots.
Malcioln also delves into sex and race issues, reminiscent of the work of J.A. Rogers. He essentially hold to the fact that over time one's ancestors can literally change from one "color" (black) to another (white) through the process of amalgamation with other "races."
In this book, the reader also learns that the other two major religions Christianity and Islam are in fact African in origin. It is interesting to note that Christianity became Arianized at the proceedings of the Council of Nicea in the year 325 AD.
Malcioln also shares another interesting idea that "All Hebrews are Jews but not all Jews are Hebrews." In short, all Hebrews by virtue of coming from Palestine (from their remotest beginnings) are Jews as coming out of Judea but "Jews" are not "Hebrews" because they have no direct descent from Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob (the Patriarchs). He speaking in particular of the Ashknazim, the dominant Jewish group,in terms of power, today. The Ashkenazim are in fact converts whose ancestors are Khazars. Malcioln also scales back the mask on the condescending conceptual nature of "Jewishness."
Malcioln gives a rather telling synopsis of the kingdom of Cush and his knowledge of ancient and current history provides a wonderfully lush context in which he develops his thesis on the existence and originality of the African Hebrews and their influence on modern Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The author also draws a striking differentiation between "Asia Minor" of which the Bible student is most familiar and "Asia Major", which does not even make it into the lexicon of contemporary Biblical and historical discourse. Asia Major is the continent of Africa. This sheds more light on Herbert Wendt's observation that “All indications point to the fact that Asia was the cradle of the Black race.” Malcioln also shares that one of Africa's ancient names was Monomotapa.
And lastly, Malcioln leaves us with some rather revealing information, "It is true that the Hebrews came from Spain and Portugal in the 1490s, but the Hebrews also left Nethardea and Palestine in 425 B.C. and as late as 70 A.D. Some left this Northeast African port and headed for Libya, Egypt, Ethiopia, and other parts of Africa, while others went to Europe or the vicinity nearby Africa called called Portugal and Spain, as well as hillside France near the Pyrenees...With only three tribal designations: Falashim, Sephardim, and Ashkenazim, those Hebrews or Jews who are not Falashim or Ashkenazim must be Sephardim." (pp. 396-7) So we must say that the Black Hebrews in the United States are in fact Sephardic based on the numerical and ethnological breakdown.