Ancient Africa in the Bible

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Ethiopia (Bible-period Africa) is mentioned so many times in the Bible that one would presume that its extensive political, cultural and economic significance in the Biblical period was common knowledge.

Below, find a few examples of the recognition given to Africa in the ancient times:

Jeremiah 13:23:

Can the Ethiopian change his skin, or the leopard his spots? then may ye also do good, that are accustomed to do evil.

Amos 9:7:

Are you not as children of Ethiopia unto me, O children of Israel. Have I not brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt?

Nahum 3:9:

Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite; Punt and Lubim were thy helpers.

Zephania 3:10:

From beyond the borders of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed shall bring mine offering.

Genesis 2:13:

Ethiopia is one of the first countries mentioned in the Bible. It is associated with the garden of Eden.

Genesis 10:6-20:

Describes the kingdoms founded by the families of the founders of Ethiopia.

Numbers 12:1:

And Miriam and Aaron spake against Moses because of the Ethiopian woman whom he had married: for he had married an Ethiopian woman.

Later on in his career, Moses was sheltered and counseled by his Ethiopian father-in-law, Jethro (Exodus 3:1, 4:18,18:1-12)

2 Kings 19:9:

And when he heard say of Tirhakah king of Ethiopia, Behold, he is come out to fight against thee: he (king of Babylon) sent messengers again unto Hezekiah…

2 Chronicles 14:9:

Ethiopian general, Zerah, led an army of thousands upon thousands with 300 chariots.

Esther 1:1, 8:9:

Ethiopia is used as a border to measure an empire.

Job 28:19:

The topaz of Ethiopia shall not equal it, neither shall it be valued with pure gold.

Psalms 68:31:

Princes shall come out of Egypt; Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands unto God.

Psalm 87:4:

I will make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre, with Ethiopia; this man was born there.

Jeremiah 38:7,10,12:

Ethiopian royal official rescues prophet Jeremiah.

Nahum 3:9:

“Ethiopia and Egypt were her strength, and it was infinite.”

Acts 8:27:

Ethiopian government official goes to Jerusalem to worship, accepts Christianity and brings it back to Ethiopia which was ruled by Ethiopian Queen Kandake (Candace).

Edited by:

Jide Uwechia


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93 thoughts on “Ancient Africa in the Bible”

  1. Ethiopia is not the problem for now. Every where, were there are people there God is amongst them and can always do thing without consulting the past.

  2. The past is crucial to understanding the present. Understanding the history of the Bible and Africa’s roots in this holy book is important to those wanting to have a strong knowledge of the book. For those who are in denial that black people were main characters in this book, and who say that Ethiopia is not of importance are just kidding themselves and pulling the wool over their eyes. The Holy Book was written for a reason..God wants us to practice his teachings, but he also want us to understand our roots, not to dismiss them. Dismissing and denial comes from self hate, racism/prejudice whether you are black or of another race, and guilt over how Jesus was always portrayed as a caucasion man. Yes, the wife of Moses was Ethiopian/a black woman. Get over it and your arrogance.

    1. I know the truth would unravel that blacks in the bible do esist.you have to think when europeans teaches there lies of the holy bible they teaches about whites and middle easterners.before europeans put border lines around africa all of the middle east was part of africa were africans migrated all the way to yemen,india,and other parts of asia.Black preasence are talked about in the bible,anchient names like punt,cush,kemet,nubia.In there anchient language it mean land of the blacks witch is said in the bible.but we been distorted from the true teachings of yaweh. amen

    2. Moses was black also. Moses was a Israelite, Israelites are black. If you go way back in history, the whole continent of Africa was called Ethiopia in ancient ancient times. Moses married an African woman but that does not mean that he himself was not black. All black people are not the same. This is why the Israelites were able to flee to Africa and blend in so well.

  3. This is just another one of the devils tricks to consume all mankind, he is cunning and a destroyer, originally just about every person in the middle east had dark skin. To All The Black People whose descends from Africa, Hold Your Heads Up, Just think Why Are We The Ones So Greatly Persecuted, That’s Because The devil and his imps and All The People Who Don’t Want To Accept The Whole Word Of GOD Is On The devil’s mission. The Bible Says that Knowledge Will Increase In The End-Times and GOD Is Revealing His Truths.

  4. I am A Jamacian, living in Canada for over thirty years. I am from Jamaican I became a christian here. But as I begon to study the bible I came across the word Ethiopia. So I begon to search the bible for this word Ethiopia, I reliaze that the bible was full of this name. Then I begon to look for the word Africa and I could noe find that in the bible. Then the Lord Reveal this inlighting word to me, that there was no Africa in the bible. That was place there to keep us in darkness of who we are in God words. The bible said we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free. Ethiopia was change so us as black would not know our roots. And if you dont know where you are from, you will not know wheir you are going. That was the main focous of the name change of the country God had bless this Land that why he had send his two savour Moses and Jesus there and
    Call them out of there. What did he made them a citizen of Egypt, then call them out of ther. Ethiopia are the new name that the europaean call it Africa.

  5. I’ve been doing research on africa and its mention in the bible. Africa is a magestic continent with the upmost beauty. It is a paradise until The evil of this world trample over Gods country. Every day I find myself closer to God. I also am prosecuted for seeing God’s design an a chosen people to lead the world back To him the Almighty Elihom.

  6. Aithiopia/Ethiopia: was the Greek name for Nubia. Since the people in Nubia were much darker skinned than the Egyptians, the Greeks called them Aithiopes (“Burnt-Faced Ones”), and their land, they called Aithiopia (“Land of the Burnt Faces”). In modern spelling this has become Ethiopia. The Greeks and Romans used this name primarily to refer to what is now northern Sudan and the Upper (southern) Nile Basin rather than the land of modern Ethiopia, which until recently was called “Abyssinia.” In the New Testament, which was written in Greek, Nubia is called “Aithiopia” or “Ethiopia.”. the greeks weren’t talking about the current Ethiopia which was known as abyssinia. So please when one try to run with history, don’t make it up. the current sudan was known as aithiopia and it was the one mentioned on the bible. want more information go to http://www.nubianet.org/about/about_people1.html

    1. However Jordan, Ethiopia is the only African country that gives biblical records nearly as old as the bible. Can you give any other African countries that can do the same? Or offer churches as old? Besides Ethiopia, there are very few, if any.

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