What is an Isar?
An Isar is a Christian of mixed Hebrew and Gentile heritage who practices a unique form of Hebraic Christianity, distinct from Messianic Judaism, that blends the ancient with the modern. The word "Isar" is an English term that comes from the Aramaic word, "Isaraya", meaning "one who is of or characterized by a bond." Literal English translations of the term include "bondkeeper" and "bondservant." While Isars may be considered "Judaic," and are sometimes called "Isaric Jews" or "Makiri Jews," we prefer to be described as "Isaric," "Hebrew," or "Hebraic," as this avoids Judeocentrism and cultural stereotypes. Ancestrally, we are mixed descendants of northern Hebrew tribes exiled from the Holy Land circa 720 BC by Sargon of Assyria, particularly, but not exclusively, from the Bnei Makir (sons of Machir), with admixture from diaspora Samaritans of Byzantine Salona (Dalmatia).
Our Makiri ancestors migrated from Persia (Iran) to the Caucasus (Georgia), to Europe (mainly Prussia, Ukraine, Russia, Croatia, France, and Spain), to America (concentrated in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast region), and now to Indonesia. Our past participation in various Gentile and Jewish communities led to the near complete assimilation of our people and the loss of our heritage, but we are now making a major effort to restore and preserve our culture and language. While definitive hard evidence of our Hebrew ancestry is lacking (the same can be said of most Jews, since there is no specific Hebrew DNA classification), our genetics (mtDNA) and our known historical migrations point to a non-European origin in the Near East. Our family traditions, stories, and prophetic accounts also serve as evidence of our Hebrew heritage.
Central to Isaric lifestyle is our ethno-religious code, or bond, called, Ha Purshana Sharira (The True Distinction), which defines us as a people and outlines for us how we are to live our lives. As regards denominational classification, the Isaric Brotherhood is unlike any other form of Christianity, and is outside the spectrum of Gentile Christendom. Our religious culture and practices resemble those of Judaism and Islam more than those of Christianity (or at least the kind of Christianity that is now considered the norm), yet we hold fast to the fundamental doctrines of traditional Christianity. We do not seek to change other churches, and we do not desire to have Gentile Christians join our brotherhood (unless God directs them to do so), rather, we want to work together with Christians of every order and way of life as equals to create a better world.