During the course of my research into Zephaniah, I ran into the name Cushi (Zephaniah's father). It's similarity to Cush led me to do some digging into it's origin, which led me to the term "ethnonym". Here's how it's defined:
"an ethnic name ascribed to a people or group; the proper name by which a people or ethnic group is called or known." - Dictionary.com
The following is a complete list of all of the ethnonyms in the Bible and some of the places you can find them. This page will be updated as new information comes in.
Cush / Cushite - Black
Cush was the son of Ham and father of Nimrod. He is the origin of the Cushites, who are most often associated with Ethiopia and are known for having black skin.
Zephaniah the prophet may have been the son of a Cushite man. We often overlook seemingly boring genealogies in the Bible, but sometimes they can be the most interesting part. One interesting find is located in the first verse of the book of Zephaniah:
"The word of the LORD which came unto Zephaniah the son of Cushi, the son of Gedaliah, the son of Amariah, the son of Hizkiah, in the days of Josiah the son of Amon, king of Judah." - Zephaniah 1:1
At first glance there's nothing "special" about the verse, but when we look at the names, we find something odd. The name "Cushi" is an ETHNONYM:
Ethnonym: An ethnic name ascribed to a people or group; the proper name by which a people or ethnic group is called or known. - Dictionary.com
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