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From Niger to Nigger: Simeon and The Other Black Apostles

From Niger to Nigger: Simeon and The Other Black Apostles

Hidden History
Did you know that the apostle Simeon was nicknamed Niger... pronounced NEE-GER in Latin? Growing up, I was taught that it was pronounced ny-jer, so I never gave it any additional thought. A couple of years ago, Xavier Jackson brought up the reference in Acts, which motivated me to give it a second look. Let's start by looking at the verse: "Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul." - Acts 13:1 We're going to dig into every aspect of this verse, starting with the word "Niger" and then we're going to investigate what seems to be a list of black apostles. From Niger To Nigger What we have ab...

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