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

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

Modern Day Persians

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:

Darius I - Darius The Great

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
Darius I - Darius The Great

Noteworthy Things

Image #2 – Winged Sphinx From Darius’ Palace At Susa
Darius I - Darius The Great

Noteworthy Things

The Breakdown

The Middle East was not filled with “dark skin Caucasians”. The people in the Bible were black, dark brown, bronze, and copper colored. The closer we look, the more we find deception about the ethnicity of non Hebrew people as well. 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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"And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not. Which of you convinceth me of sin? And if I say the truth, why do ye not believe me? He that is of God heareth God's words: ye therefore hear them not, because ye are not of God." - John 8:45-47

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