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Darius I: A Black Medo-Persian King In The Bible


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When we think of Persians, we often think of what present day Persians look like when we considered how they looked in the past. Here’s what they look like today:

Much like history, the entire area known as the “Middle East” has been whitewashed and appropriated. Persia is no exception. In the Bible, Darius I aka Darius The Great is mentioned in the following books:

  • Ezra
  • Nehemiah
  • Daniel
  • Haggai
  • Zechariah

When Darius is depicted in scholarly text or on television, he’s often shown not as he is, but as he was imagined by a Greek painter in 1888:

What Darius The Great Actually Looked Like

It has become the norm that the further back we dig into the past, the darker the people become, especially in the Middle East. Darius the Great is no exception.

Image #1 – Relief of Darius in Persepolis

Noteworthy Things

Image #2 – Winged Sphinx From Darius’ Palace At Susa

Noteworthy Things

  • Brown Skin

The Breakdown

The Middle East was not filled with “dark skin Caucasians” or whatever new lie Europeans are creating these days to explain away black people in the Bible. The people in the Bible were black and the closer we look, the more we find deception about the ethnicity of non Hebrew people as well. So far all evidence points to Africa, The Middle East, and parts of Asia being full of brown to very dark people before they began mixing with Europeans.

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