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Zephaniah The Prophet: Son of A Cushite Man

Zephaniah The Prophet: Son of A Cushite Man

The Shemites
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. - Ethnonym: An ethnonym (from...

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