Tacitus: Hebrews Looked Like Ethiopians and Egyptians

One argument Eurocentric Christianity like to make is that Israelites look “Middle Eastern” or “olive”, but we know from the Bible that’s not True. Tacitus is one more nail in the coffin.

A few authorities hold that in the reign of Isis the surplus population of Egypt was evacuated to neighboring lands under the leadership of Hierosolymus and Judas. Many assure us that the Jews are descended from those Ethiopians who were driven by fear and hatred to emigrate from their home country when Cepheus was king. There are some who say that a motley collection of landless Assyrians occupied a part of Egypt, and then built cities of their own, inhabiting the lands of the Hebrews and the nearer parts of Syria…” – Tacitus, Histories 5.2-5

Tacitus described Hebrew origins as possibly Egyptian or Ethiopian. This is important because it puts perspective an Old Testament Bible verse:

Are ye not as children of the Ethiopians unto me, O children of Israel? saith the LORD. Have not I brought up Israel out of the land of Egypt? and the Philistines from Caphtor, and the Syrians from Kir?” – Amos 9:7

Tacitus words present a huge problem for those that teach a European / light / olive Egypt because we know for a fact that Ethiopians are not European. There’s no logical reason anyone would ever confuse a European with an Ethiopian. In addition to the Old Testament clarification, Tacitus also confirms an incident in the New Testament.

Tacitus Description of Hebrews

The Timeline of Tacitus

The importance of the Testimony of Tacitus is that he was a European (Roman) historian, and he is often quoted by Europeans as a credible source of history. Tacitus lived from (55 A.D. – 117 A.D.), which overlaps the lifetime of the apostle Paul, who was believed to have died in 64 A.D.

Art not thou that Egyptian, which before these days madest an uproar, and leddest out into the wilderness four thousand men that were murderers?” – Acts 21:38

Paul was mistaken for an Egyptian, and both Egyptians and Ethiopians are black descendants of Ham in the Bible. If Hebrews looked European, Paul wouldn’t have been mistaken for an Egyptian, nor would the guard have assumed he didn’t speak Greek, and the people in the time of Tacitus wouldn’t have mistaken them for Egyptians and Ethiopians.

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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


  • Great site with real truth!!!
    If I might add 2 additional fairly more recent contemporary sources relevant to this article…..if you don’t already have them:
    Anacalypsis: An Attempt to Draw Aside the Veil of the Saitic Isis or an Inquiry into the Origin of Languages, Nations and Religions (Published around 1836) – After 20 years of research asserted explicitly that the Jews are Ethiopians
    Memoirs of the Secret Services of John Macky, Esq., During the Reigns of King William, Queen Anne, and King George I (Published 1732) – In describing Daniel Finch, Earl of Nottingham as “a tall, thin, very black Man, like a Spaniard or Jew, about Fifty Years old.”

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      That’s mentioned elsewhere on the site in the Moses study. Paul was the only one mentioned here because Tacitus lived during his life time.

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