Africa in the Old Testament Bible

Within the holy book of the Christian religion called the Old Testament which was written in around 300 BC we find several references to Africa and African people some of which are listed below:


2 Kings: Chapter 19:9

“Now Sennacherib received a report that Tirhakah the King of Cush, was marching out to fight against him. So, he again sent messengers to Hezekiah with this word”. (Tirhakah was an African King from the Nubian Empire).


1 Kings: Chapter 10:1

” When the Queen of Sheba heard about the fame of Solomon and his relationship to the Lord, she came to test Solomon with hard questions” (The Queen of Sheba was African).


Jeremiah 38: 7

“But Ebed-Melech, a Cushite, an official in the royal palace, heard that they had put Jeremiah into cistern” (Ebed-Melech was an African from Nubia).


Numbers: Chapter 12: 1

“Miriam and Aaron began to talk against Moses because of his Cushite wife, for he had married a Cushite.” (Cushite is another name for the people of Kush or Cush who were Nubians).


Zephaniah: Chapter 3: 10

“From beyond the rivers of Cush my worshipers, my scattered people, will bring me offerings.” (Cush or Kush is a reference to Nubia).


2 Chronicles: Chapter 14:9

Zerah the Cushite marched out against them with an army of thousands upon thousands and three hundred chariots, and came as far as Mareshah. (Zerah was an African military leader).


Psalm: Chapter 68: 31

Nobles shall come from Egypt; Cush shall hasten to stretch out her hands to God. (Egypt and Cush were kingdoms in Africa.


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