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Libya (Phut)

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Libya In The BibleIn the Bible, we are told very little about Phut. In fact, Phut is only mentioned twice, but it is from historical records that we know that this son of Ham settled the area currently known as Libya.

“And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan.” – Genesis 10:6

In addition to the above verse, Phut is mentioned once more, but not much info is given about it, except that they were on the side of Tyrus.

“They of Persia and of Lud and of Phut were in thine army, thy men of war: they hanged the shield and helmet in thee; they set forth thy comeliness.” – Ezekiel 27:10

Ezekiel the Tragedian’s Exagoge 60-65 (fragments reproduced in Eusebius) has Zipporah describe herself as a stranger in Midian, and proceeds to describe the inhabitants of her ancestral lands in North Africa:

“Stranger, this land is called Libya. It is inhabited by tribes of various peoples, Ethiopians, dark men. One man is the ruler of the land: he is both king and general. He rules the state, judges the people, and is priest. This man is my father and theirs.”

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