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  • 1. Yosef Ben-JochannanYosef Alfredo Antonio ben-Jochannan, Ph.D. (Educator, Author,Historian, Egyptologist, Scholar par excellence, FormerChairman of the African Studies Committee at the headquartersof UNESCO, Professor Emeritus at Cornell University, 360°Grand Master in the Craft of Amen-Ra)… Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan Page 1 of 9
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  • 3. http://thedropsquad.com/ Professor Yosef Ben Jochannan is an Egyptologist. Having taught at CornellUniversity for over 15 years, Dr. Ben, as he is affectionately known, has lectured widelyon both sides of the Atlantic. His theme - the ancient civilizations of Egypt. Hispresentations have placed him in great demand by students and community groups,especially those of African descent. Perhaps the high regard he enjoys today stemsfrom his long, unwavering theme that the ancient civilizations along the Nile wereAfrican.We preached that the so-called major western religions were white folks religions andoffered the historically incorrect but universally accepted blond-haired, blue-eyedrepresentation of Jesus Christ as proof that our enemy had become our deity. Wequoted Dr. Carter G. Woodson, who said in his book, The Mis-education of the Negro,that the European destruction of African civilization was done under the guise of "savingsouls." And we asked the rhetorical question, must one be dehumanized before onessoul is saved? In retrospect, we had allowed someone else to define our reality.Yoruba priestess, Iyanla Vanzant says your soul is saved when you accept that thespirit of God lives in you. She specifically says, "When you can look at yourself, acceptwho and what you are and love yourself unconditionally, your soul is saved. Your spiritis empowered."Dr. Bens African Origins of the Major "Western Religions" was one of the vehicles Iused on my journey through the empowerment of my spirit."For more than five decades, Dr. Yosef ben-Jochannan, a master teacher, researcher,author, lecturer, has led what has now become a mass effort to emphasize Africancontributions to the world." African Origins of the Major "Western Religions: firstpublished in 1970, continues to be one of Dr. Bens most thought-provoking works. "Byhighlighting the African influences and roots of these religions (Judaism, Christianity andIslam), Dr. Ben reveals an untold history that many would prefer to forget."Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan Page 3 of 9
  • 4. His opening sentence sets the tone for the well-researched and documented work.Dr. Ben says, "I shall show that Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are as much African asthey are Asian in origin, and in no sense what-so-ever European as the title, "WesternReligions" suggests;" Dr. Bens ultimate goal in this work is to show the definite linksbetween exclusively indigenous traditional African learning systems with these so-called"Western Religions."The first chapter is entitled: A Source of African Religions.Dr. Ben shows how the "Mysteries of Egypt" were developed from the ancient religiousrites of the indigenous Africans who once occupied the lands around the major greatlakes of Central Africa and along the head-waters of the Nile River." And how theMysteries of Egypt through the Egyptian Book of the Coming Forth by Day (Book of theDead) gave rise to the so-called revealed religions.Chapter 2, St. Augustine: African Influence in Christianity (The "Christian ChurchFathers").Dr. Ben says the death of St Augustine in 430 C.E. was the major event inChristendoms history which started the decline of power and control by the NorthAfrican Church (the "Mother Church") In this chapter he discusses the influence St.Augustine and other indigenous Africans had on the development of the early ChristianChurch.Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan Page 4 of 9
  • 5. Chapter 3, Moses: African Influence on Judaism.In the introduction, Dr. Ben has warned that, "to say at this time that Moses of theHebrew (Jewish) religion and peoples, was an indigenous African (Black or Negro),would create a catastrophic consternation among theological racists ... This would notstop them from saying that "Moses was found floating down the Nile River in a bulrushbasket." Dr. Ben says many people conveniently forget that the Nile Rivers sourcebegins in Uganda. In this chapter, Dr. Ben also juxtaposes works from the EgyptianBook of the Dead with the Holy Bible and writings attributed to Solomon with those ofEgyptian Pharaohs.Chapter 4, Bilal: African Influence on Islam.Hadzart Bilal ibn Rahab know simply as Bilal to most Muslims was a "tall and skinny,frizzled-hair indigenous Black man (African) of Ethiopia, East Africa." Bilal, a formerslave in Arabia was the Holy Prophets most ardent supporter and was responsible forthe creation of much of what those of the Islamic faith believe about Heaven and alsomany of their original prayers and doctrines. Dr. Ben refers to Bilal as another Augustinewith respect to his influence on the early development of Islam.Chapter 5, King, Mohammed, Divine, Matthews and Garvey: Religious NewDimensions. Dr. Ben discusses the influence of Martin Luther King, The HonorableElijah Muhammad, Father Divine, Rabbi Wentworth Matthews, and Marcus Garvey onthe religious scene in America. He says that although most of them did not receive the"Good Negro Seal of Approval," from the allegedly white liberal middle-class communityof the United States, their influence cannot be denied.Conclusion:Dr. Ben concludes that the term "Western Religions" "is a misnomer and is as racist asit sounds." "Western Religions" like "Greek Philosophy," cannot escape its indigenousAfrican origin says Dr. Ben. His conclusion leads one back to his introduction where heposes what he calls the "first question:"Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan Page 5 of 9
  • 6. How much longer are we to remain outside of the religions we originated in our"Mysteries" in Egypt and other High-Cultures along the Nile?Source of text http://www.raceandhistory.com/Historians/ben_jochannan.htmDr. Ben writings and e- Books for download:RBG Black and AfricanaStudies e-Books CollectionDr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan Page 6 of 9
  • 7. Books by Dr. Ben for purchase African Origins of Major "Western Religions" by: Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan publisher: Black Classic Press, released: 01 December, 1991 price: $24.95 (new), $23.29 (used) Africa: Mother of Western Civilization (African-American Heritage Series) by: Yosef Ben-Jochannan publisher: Black Classic Press, released: 01 August, 1988 price: $34.95 (new), $14.95 (used) Black Man of the Nile and His Family by: Yosef Ben-Jochannan publisher: Black Classic Press, released: 01 June, 1989 price: $24.95 (new), $14.50 (used)Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan Page 7 of 9
  • 8. Our Black Seminarians and Black Clergy Without a Black Theology by: Yosef Ben-Jochannan, Dr. Yosef A.A. ben-Jochannan publisher: Black Classic Press, released: 31 May, 1996 price: $14.95 (new) The Myth of Exodus and Genesis and the Exclusion of Their African Origins by: Yosef Ben-Jochannan publisher: Black Classic Press, released: 01 December, 1996 price: $14.95 (new) The Need for a Black Bible by: Yosef Ben-Jochannan publisher: Black Classic Press, released: 01 March, 1996 price: $16.95 (new) Our Black Seminarians and Black Clergy Wit by: Yosef Ben Jochannan publisher: Black Classic Press price:Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan Page 8 of 9
  • 9. A Chronology of the Bible: Challenge to the Standard Version (B.C.P. Pamphlet) by: Yosef Ben-Jochannan publisher: Black Classic Press, released: 01 June, 1991 price: $4.00 (new) From Afrikan Captives to Insane Slaves: The Need for Afrikan History in Solving the "Black" Mental Health Crisis in "America" and the World (Truth & Sanity Reprint Series) by: Yosef Ben-Jochannan publisher: Native Sun Publishers, Inc., released: 01 November, 1992 price: We the Black Jews: Witness to the "White Jewish Race" Myth/ Vols 1 and 2 in One by: Yosef A.A. Ben-Jochannan publisher: Black Classic Press, released: 01 January, 1993 price: $12.29 (used)Dr. Yosef Ben-Jochannan Page 9 of 9