Is Cimmeria Omride?

The main arguments against the identification of Gimiri/Gomer/Cimmerians with the Israelites and for their identification as a people expelled from Scythia and settled in the area around modern Gyumri (Gamir) are three:

1. Humri (Omri) and Gimiri (Gomer) are spelled differently by the Assyrians.

2.The archeology of Cimmerian sites in Turkey shows the Cimmerian culture is Early Scythian, not Iron II B Israelite.

3. No ancient historian makes the connection between Cimmerians and Omri. Indeed, the Bible itself shows the Cimmerians were considered by the Israelites to be the most predominant of people north of the Araxes, having nothing to do with Israel or the House of Omri. Genesis 10 claims Gomer is a Japethite people, with its sons being Scythians (Ashkenaz), Riphathites (Paphlagonians? inhabitants of the Montes Riphei?), and Armenians (Togarmah). Ezekiel 38:6 also claims it is a northern people, and names it along with “Beth-Togarmah from the far north”.

Author: pithom

An atheist with an interest in the history of the ancient Near East. Author of the Against Jebel al-Lawz Wordpress blog.

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