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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97 thoughts on “Ancient Africa in the Bible”

  1. Jesus was descended from the much reviled Ham. When Judah left his brothers he met and married a Canaanite. The Canaanites are the children of Ham. Jesus is the direct descendant of Judah and his Canaanite wife.

  2. i am a 51 year old african american who was raised in eastern ky . like so many before me the truth of evidence of black people did not exist to me until as an adult the truth was revealed to me through spirit and the word of GOD.lucifer is a very cunning creation of GOD read about him and his lies and then maybe the blind will see the word of GOD and the deaf will hear his word . satan is the prince of lies and through out history his lies has hidden the truth to mankind stop believing mans lies that blend with the devils lies and understand that black people do exist in the word of GOD we are not animals and are not only remembered as slaves but are a proud historic people that were the creators first born accept the fact that the covenant was made with ABRAHAM AND HIS DECENDANTS

  3. I find it hard to believe that people of this world today are still in denial about the characters of the bible. As we move forward we can’t help but remember the past and if history serves us well, the people that were referred to as savages and barbarians, were actually the one’s God had choosen over all nations to be his. He had searched their hearts and saw their faithfulness. That European version of Jesus, is referred to in the bible as a graven image. How can we ignore the fact that the bible took place on the continent of what is now called Africa, without referring to the original people of the continent? Man kind has tried to shroud our views about religion every since the first books were published but I am confident that as the world goes on, more and more the truth shall come to the light. God bless us all and I think the only reason we as Nubians are so caught up on the race issue is because of the prejudice doctrines we have recieved all of our lives…but the Bible is the truth!

  4. There is something that is baffling me. People are saying that Esau represents the white man. Genetically, both Esau and Jacob were descendants of Shem. Japheth is more of a representation of the white race. Is the white race “semetic”? Esau might have been a black baby with a deep red tone and lanugo.

  5. Bible says Esau had great affinity for red not white. History always cannot keep exact references. Beliefs according to the region changes the main idea or concept to the great extent. Such purported ideas later emerged as mythologies and all mythologies throughout the globe had affinity for three or four forces, the sun, the moon, the dragon or snake and the nature. They believed there should be something over the sky and under the ground.

    Leaving that apart after Noah’s flood there came three sons. Bible seems to confine them within the Hebrew decendents forgetting the other parts of the world. The color of the persons mainly depend on the region they live. People on the equator have more melonins in their skin and they appear black as they move nearer to the poles they become fairer. But if you trace the meaning of the Names of the three sons something seems sensible. the Name Japheth means ” who will multiply” Shem means ” to be of fame” and Ham means “darker” and then the God says unto to Noah and his sons ” be fruitful go and fill the earth. so only from these three should the earth have all the creeds and clans. Even in the present world population you can have three distinct features of man kind. The African features, they Mongol features – chinese japanese and far east asian., red indian and south american features, and finally the euro asian faces. But we tend to claim our supremacy and try to lay our hands on whatever resemblances we can infer from the history. I believe after reading so many blogs History is not accurate in elucidating anything but I find only claims by people not only on territorial rights but also in owning the GOD and gods.

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