Ephraim (actually Ọranfẹ) was one of the sons of Ajọsẹ (re-lexified to “Joseph”) and along with Manasseh (actually Mina) his brother were ranked equally with their uncles, the sons of Aku (re-lexified to “Jacob”, as eponymous ancestors of the twelve tribes of biblical Israel who are actually the Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Oduduwa (in recent times commonly called Yoruba). Some years after the exodus of biblical Israel from ancient Egypt the Israelites were being oppressed by the people of Ammon. Then Ọbatala their national god raised Jephthah of Gilead to lead and deliver them from the Ammonites. Upon obtaining victory the men of Ephraim gathered together to fight Jephthah, claiming that he did not involve them. He countered the accusation by reminding the Ephraimites that he did request for their assistance but then proceeded when it was not forthcoming. Seeing that the Ephraimites were gearing for battle still, he gathered the Gileadites to resist the former. The Gileadites then took control of the fords of the Jordan and ambushed any fleeing Ephraimites, taking care not to attack non-Ephraimites by using a peculiar feature of the Ephraimites to identify their victims.
This feature was the inability to pronounce the ‘sh’ sound properly but instead as ‘s’. Thus the Gileadites asked any fleeing Ephraimite that was caught to pronounce ‘Shibboleth’ but instead they could only pronounce it as ‘Sibboleth’. Forty-two thousand Ephraimites were allegedly slain.
It seems the Ephraimites are the only people ever to possess this speech (linguistic) marker and its inclusion in the Scriptures was most likely intended to assist in the future identification of their descendants and the whole house of biblical Israel. Curiously, many peoples have claimed to be the Ephraimites and call themselves bene Ephraim (modern Hebrew for ‘sons of Ephraim’) including the Samaritans, Persian Jews, Telugu Jews of India, and the Igbo. Others include several western Christians like the Mormons (Latter-Day Saints) believe that many of their members are Ephraimites. There is no record of the presence of the shibboleth marker in their dialects.
The only people on this planet who are known to historically satisfy the test are the Yoruba people of Ibadan in Oyo State of southwest Nigeria. The dialect was used to identify Ibadan people during the Yoruba civil wars of the 19th century CE, Nigerian comedians use it in their punch lines, Yoruba musicians refer to it in their songs, Aku people joke about it, and Aku-language movie producers include it in their productions. Also, it is described in page xxviii of the book ‘The history of the Yorubas’ (1921):
The same may be said of the letter s and the sound sh, referred to above. The difference is indicated in the Standard Alphabet by a diacritical mark, e.g., s, s (for sh). The Yorubas can safely dispense with the latter, and for the sake of simplicity this ought to have been done, as no difference as to the meaning of a word is suggested by the same word being pronounced soft or harsh. And more also because in some parts of the country, notably the Ekun Osi district (the most northerly), the harsh sound is unpronounceable,
whatever may be written ; e.g., shall, shop, will be pronounced sail, sop. In the Epo district, on the other hand,
it is just the reverse ; the harsh sound will be pronounced instead of the soft, thus same, son will be pronounced shame, shon. The Ekun Osi and Epo districts are located in Oyo State.
Here’s a YouTube video of a song ‘Ibadan Ni Ile’ by Yoruba man named Adeniji HeavyWind who placed emphasis on this marker while singing:
Ironically, the Aku people have refrained from identifying themselves with the biblical Israelites because they do not share any in cultural, physical, linguistic and spiritual similarity with the Jews of modern Israel. So far, that has somewhat been profitable to the Aku and proof that good and evil cannot mix – these Jews have been described in the bible as identity thieves, the synagogue of Satan (Revelation 2:9; 3:9). Arguments for the identification of Aku as the biblical Israelites have been put forth in various essays including but not limited to:
Application of this shibboleth knowledge to world history reveals that:
- The Ẹgbẹ Ọmọ Oduduwa are Semites
- Semites are blacks
- The Jews of modern Israel, Arabs of Arabia and North Africa, Palestinians of modern Palestine, and others from the “Middle East” with similar physical features (especially straight hair and melanin-deficient skin) are not Semites but Indo-European
- Christianity, Islam and Judaism do not have any Semitic origin are but Indo-European, forged and fraudulent
- Generally, Indo-Europeans have for over 4,500 years directly and indirectly stolen, killed and destroyed the true Semites, all blacks and their cultures
- Generally, Indo-Europeans have for over 4,500 years directly and indirectly spread and shed sorrow, tears and blood of probably more than a billion people worldwide, with blacks as the main target and victims.
The Indo-Europeans dominate the academia and associated journals and have been drowning out opinions that expose their fraud. The honest ones amongst them should bravely pursue the truth even at the risk of losing their lives. For example, Wolfgang Helck was one such Indo-European who saw the truth, about the Indo-European origin of the Hyksos, but then was heavily pressurized by his people into recanting it.