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The Queen of Sheba: King Solomon’s Ethiopian Mistress

The Queen of Sheba: King Solomon’s Ethiopian Mistress

The Hamites
The Queen of Sheba was King Solomon's black mistress from Ethiopia. According to the Bible, she made a special trip to Israel just to meet him. To understand the significance of this meeting, we must understand how political ties were made in the ancient world. In order to form alliances, royalty would often marry each other or have their children marry each other. We'll come back to this meeting further down, but first, let's look at the Queen's Hamite connection: "And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtecha: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan." - Genesis 10:7 To break it down, Sheba was the grandson of Cush and the great grandson of Ham. When the descendants of Ham began to settle Africa, Seba (son of Cush) settled the portion o...
Babel – The First African (Cushite) World Capital

Babel – The First African (Cushite) World Capital

Hamite Cities
Babel was the center of the first world empire and was founded by Nimrod, the son of Cush and grandson of Ham. "And Cush begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the LORD: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the LORD. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar." - Genesis 10:8-10 Babel is also the place where the people had advanced to a level where they wanted to build a tower that reached into the heavens, but God destroyed it. "Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth." - Genesis 11:9 [Tweet "Did y...
Hagar: Abraham’s Black Wife From Egypt

Hagar: Abraham’s Black Wife From Egypt

The Hamites
Hagar was Abraham's black Egyptian concubine that overcame her status as a servant to become the mother to  of the largest nations to ever exist. When Sarah failed to get pregnant, as God promised her she would, she decided to take things into her own hands, and give her Egyptian handmaid Hagar to Abraham, so that he could get her pregnant. "And Sarai Abram's wife took Hagar her maid the Egyptian, after Abram had dwelt ten years in the land of Canaan, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife. And he went in unto Hagar, and she conceived: and when she saw that she had conceived, her mistress was despised in her eyes." - Genesis 16:3-4 The Birth of Ishmael It was this union that led to the birth of their half Egyptian son Ishmael, the father of the Ishmaelit...
Pharez: The Half African Son of Judah

Pharez: The Half African Son of Judah

The Shemites
It may surprise you to learn that all of Judah's recorded children had African blood, including the chosen son Pharez. Pharez was Judah's son that was conceived with his daughter in law Tamar, a Canaanite woman. "And Tamar his daughter in law bare him Pharez and Zerah. All the sons of Judah were five." - 1 Chronicles 2:4 As we follow the bloodline of Pharez, we learn that it is his line that eventually leads to the births of David and Solomon. "Now these are the generations of Pharez: Pharez begat Hezron, And Hezron begat Ram, and Ram begat Amminadab, And Amminadab begat Nahshon, and Nahshon begat Salmon, And Salmon begat Boaz, and Boaz begat Obed, And Obed begat Jesse, and Jesse begat David." - Ruth 4:18-22 The Lineage of Pharez Hezron Hamul
Ephraim: The Half African Son of Joseph

Ephraim: The Half African Son of Joseph

The Shemites
When Joseph was enslaved in Egypt, he eventually rose to power and married an Egyptian woman named Asenath. Two children resulted from this marriage and they were Ephraim and Manasseh. "And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction." - 41:52 During the blessing ceremony, Joseph places them before Jacob, and Jacob adopts both boys as his own children, thus making them "tribes" of Israel. "And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine." - 48:5 During the ceremony, Jacob blesses both boys, but he places Ephraim before Manasseh, even though he was the youngest and Jose...
Cush: The Hamite Founder of Sudan

Cush: The Hamite Founder of Sudan

The Hamites
While we don't know how long after the flood that the grandchildren were born, but we know who they were. Cush is the son of Ham, and grandson of Noah. "And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan." - Genesis 10:6 As the sons of Ham began to spread out from "the land of Ham", it is Cush that settles the area currently known as Sudan. It is here that Cush begins to have sons that will also eventually spread out to other areas. The Sons of Cush (Genesis 10:7-8) Seba Havilah Sabtah Raamah Sabtecha Nimrod Save Save Save
Tamar: The Canaanite Mother of Judah’s Son Pharez

Tamar: The Canaanite Mother of Judah’s Son Pharez

The Hamites
The story of Tamar the Canaanite is brief, but important in the grand scheme of scripture. She first appears in the Bible after Judah moves to Canaan and takes the Canaanite Shuah to wife for himself (Genesis 38:2). Shuah bears Judah three half Canaanite sons: Er Onan Shelah After the birth of his third son Shelah, Judah chooses Tamar, a Canaanite woman, as the wife for his oldest son Er. "And Judah took a wife for Er his firstborn, whose name was Tamar." - Genesis 38:6 The Canaanites were descendants of Ham's son Canaan. In Genesis 9 there are a series of events that lead to Noah placing a curse on Canaan. Because of the curse, Canaan heads East out of Africa, and settles in modern day Israel. Because there were not yet any Israelite women, other tha...
Nimrod: The First African (Cushite) World Leader

Nimrod: The First African (Cushite) World Leader

The Hamites
Nimrod is arguably one of the most important people in the Old Testament, but there is very little said about him in scripture. However, what is said changes the entire course of human history, mostly because of where he was from. Nimrod was the son of Cush, the grandson of Ham, and the great grandson of Noah. The Cushite Origin of Nimrod Being a son of Cush, Nimrod himself would be classified as a Cushite. According to both scripture and history, Cushites were known for their black skin. Kuwsh (Strong’s #3568): Probably of foreign origin; Cush (or Ethiopia), the name of a son of Ham, and of his territory; also of an Israelite — Chush, Cush, Ethiopia. “For of the four sons of Ham, time has not at all hurt the name of Cush; for the Ethiopians, over whom he reigne
Asenath: Joseph’s Egyptian Wife

Asenath: Joseph’s Egyptian Wife

The Hamites
The Bible doesn't have much to say about Asenath, but in the three verses in which she is mentioned by name, we learn a few things. She was married to Joseph (Genesis 41:45) Her father was Potipherah, Priest of On (Genesis 41:50) Her sons were Ephraim and Manasseh (Genesis 46:20) Her sons Ephraim and Manasseh would eventually be adopted by Jacob and receive the birthright.