In the biblical narrative of Joseph, we see the dangers of favoritism within families, as his father Jacob’s preference for him over his other sons led to jealousy and strife. This serves as a lesson against selecting a certain nation or group as “chosen” and discriminating against others.
God’s promise to Abraham, a central figure in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, is a cornerstone of faith for millions worldwide. The covenant, symbolized by multiplying descendants as stars and granting land, is seen as divine protection and a special relationship with God.
This covenant, crucially, is inclusive of all Abraham’s descendants, not just specific lineages. Both Isaac and Ishmael, considered progenitors of the Israelites and the Arabs respectively, are included. This reflects God’s universal love for humanity, transcending ethnic divisions.
However, the term “Semitic” is often misused. Semitic people do trace their roots to the ancient Near East, specifically Mesopotamia, encompassing regions like modern-day Iraq, Syria, Turkey, and Iran. They are descendants of Shem, according to biblical tradition.
Abraham, as a patriarch, embodies the roots of the Semitic people, his story resonating across faiths. Born in Ur of the Chaldeans, his faith and obedience are foundational to the monotheistic traditions that follow.

But the confusion arises when the term “Semitic” is equated solely with Jews, including those of German, British, Russian, Polish, American, and Ukrainian descent. This is not accurate, as Semitic refers to a larger group, including Arab peoples, who share linguistic and cultural ties.
So, to clarify, Semitic people are not solely Jews; they also include Arabs and others from the ancient Near East. The story of Abraham and his descendants, encompassing Isaac and Ishmael, reflects a universal promise from God, emphasizing unity rather than division among humanity.