Ethiopia (Ee´thee-oh´pee-uh)

or Nubia, the ancient name of the Nile Valley region between the first and second cataracts south of Aswan. The Hebrew term is Cush, which the KJV keeps. During the period of the Israelite monarchy, Ethiopia (Nubia) became the independent kingdom of Nabatea, which dominated Egypt. The Nubian ruler Taharka (NRSV: “Tirhakah”; 690–664 BCE) appears in Isa 37:9 as the ally of Hezekiah, despite protestations from the prophet Isaiah (Isa 18:1-2; Isa 20:1-6). In Acts 8:26-40 the Ethiopian eunuch was probably a high official in the court of “the Candace,” i.e., the queen mother.

Isa 37:9

9Now the king heard concerning King Tirhakah of Ethiopia, “He has set out to fight against you.” When he heard it, he sent messengers to Hezekiah, saying,

Isa 18:1-2

An Oracle concerning Ethiopia
1Ah, land of whirring wings
beyond the rivers of Ethiopia,2sending ambassadors by the Nile
in vessels of papyrus on the waters!
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Isa 20:1-6

Isaiah Dramatizes the Conquest of Egypt and Ethiopia
1In the year that the commander-in-chief, who was sent by King Sargon of Assyria, came to Ashdod and fought ... View more

Acts 8:26-40

Philip and the Ethiopian Eunuch
26Then an angel of the Lord said to Philip, “Get up and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” ... View more

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