Black Jews of Cochin Settled on the Malabar Coast During King Solomon Times and After the Kingdom Split

Source: India Virtual Jewish History Tour (Jewish Virtual Library) 2021 A.D.

Esther 1:1 – “Now it came to pass in the days of Ahasuerus, (this is Ahasuerus which reigned, from India even unto Ethiopia, over an hundred and seven and twenty provinces:)”

Esther 8:9 – “Then were the king’s scribes called at that time in the third month, that is, the month Sivan, on the three and twentieth day thereof; and it was written according to all that Mordecai commanded unto the Jews, and to the lieutenants, and the deputies and rulers of the provinces which are from India unto Ethiopia, an hundred twenty and seven provinces, unto every province according to the writing thereof, and unto every people after their language, and to the Jews according to their writing, and according to their language.”

From the source, “The first Jews to come to India were the Jews in Cochin in southern India (today, its the port city of Kochi) were the so-called “Black Jews,” who traditionally spoke the Judeo-Malayalam tongue, native to the state of Kerala. Some say that these “Black Jews” settled in the Malabar coast during the times of King Solomon of Israel, and after the Kingdom of Israel split into two.”

This source provides some commentary regarding the Jews of Cochin, particularly the part named “Black Jews”.

Sense the Black Jews arrived to the Malabar coast in the times of King Solomon and after the Kingdom of Israel split, it is more than reasonable to say that they were impacted by the decrees issued out during the Book of Esther because Ahasuerus reigned from Cush to India.

By Truth Ministries

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