“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
“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.
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.
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.