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Africa in the Torah

Within the holy book of the Jewish religion called the Torah which was written in around 600 BC we find several references to Africa and African people some of which are listed below:

Genesis Chapter 2: 10

“A river watering the garden flowed from Eden; from there it was separated into four headwaters. The name of the first is the Pishon; it winds through the entire land of Havilah, where there is gold. The gold of that land is good; aromatic resin and onyx are also there. The name of the second river is the Gihon; it winds through the entire land of Cush”. (Cush is a kingdom is East Africa).

Genesis: Chapter 12: 10

“Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe”. (Egypt is located in North East Africa).

Genesis: Chapter 16: 1

“Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar”. (Hagar was an Egyptian).

Genesis: Chapter 41: 45

“Pharaoh gave Joseph the name Zaphenath-Paneah and gave him Asenath daughter of Potiphera priest of On.” (both Asenath and Potiphera were Egyptians).

Genesis Chapter 10: 6

“The sons of Ham: Cush, Egypt, Put and Canaan”. (It is understood that Ham and his sons were all African).

Genesis Chapter 10: 8

“Cush fathered Nimrod, he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord”. (Nimrod was an African).

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