King David: The Black Hebrew With Ruddy Skin and Red Hair

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Was King David the most famous ginger to ever live? Many people believe that he was, and they also use this reasoning to conclude that there is no way that King David could’ve been a black man born with red hair. However, there is concrete evidence that points to the contrary.

The Earliest Roots of Judah

Before Israel became a nation, Abraham was called out of Babylon, which was a Cushite Empire. The Cushites were black descendants of Ham. When we are introduced to Abraham, we is already married to Sarah, his half sister.

After leaving Ur, Abraham travels into Canaan, which was founded by descendants of Ham. From Canaan, Abraham travels to Egypt, descendants of Ham’s son Mizraim. He then leaves Egypt with vasts amounts of wealth and cattle, and heads back toward Canaan.

The Hebrews remain in this general area until we reach Jacob, who would later be named Israel. The twelve sons of Israel formed what we refer to as “The 12 Tribes of Israel”. Because they lived near Canaan, Judah took a Canaanite wife, and chose a Canaanite wife for his oldest son.

After failing to give Tamar the Canaanite to his youngest son to marry, Judah accidentally had sex with her, thinking her to be a prostitute. It is from this union that Judah’s son Pharez is born. It is through the line of Pharez that King David would eventually be born.

As we can see, from the very beginning of Abraham’s choosing, the Hebrews lived among and married descendants of Ham. It is accepted by the majority of Bible scholars, that Ham was the father of the black African nations.

The Anointing of King David

One very important book that falls within the lineage of Judah, is the book of Ruth. It is through her marriage to Boaz that we learn the lineage of Jesse, the father of David. Jesse was a Bethlehemite from the tribe of Judah. He also had seven (possibly 8) sons (1 Chronicles 2:13-15):

  1. Eliab
  2. Abinadab
  3. Shimma
  4. Nethaneel
  5. Raddai
  6. Ozem
  7. David

David was the youngest and smallest of all of Jesse’s sons. It was do to his stature that he was the last one considered by his father. After God rejects the other brother’s, Jesse then calls David to be seen by Samuel:

“And he sent, and brought him in. Now he was ruddy, and withal of a beautiful countenance, and goodly to look to. And the LORD said, Arise, anoint him: for this is he. Then Samuel took the horn of oil, and anointed him in the midst of his brethren: and the Spirit of the LORD came upon David from that day forward. So Samuel rose up, and went to Ramah.” – 1 Samuel 16:12-13

This is the first time that we encounter David, and he is described as ruddy and having a beautiful countenance. This leads many people to falsely conclude that he was white with blushing skin. Based on his genealogy, we know that this just wasn’t the case. Another theory that may or may not be true, is that David had red hair.

David’s Ruddy Skin and Red Hair

The subject of ruddy skin in the Bible is often used to perpetuate the myth that black people cannot blush (false), and therefore King David could not have been black. In order to understand ruddy skin and it’s uses in both the Bible and science, I wrote an article that expands on this topic in great detail:

Not only does ruddy perfectly describe some black people, it also reinforces the fact that the Israelites were people of color, with both Hamite and Shemite blood.

Google Result For Ruddy People

Now that we see that ruddy can be used to describe black people, we also need to understand how the word “black” is used culturally, in today’s society.

David’s Red Hair

While the Bible does not directly tell us that David had red hair, there are those that believe he did. Unfortunately, this is used along with their misunderstanding of ruddy skin, to preach a non black David. Pictures speak louder than words, so here are a few pictures of black people with natural red hair.

Black With Ruddy Skin and Red Hair
Black With Red Hair

As we can see, even though David is described as being ruddy and possibly having red hair, it does not eliminate him from being black. For those that don’t know, there are other uncommon features that some black people have as well:

Black With Blonde Hair
Black With Blue Eyes

Using The Term “Black

For those that are not black, it can be often hard to understand how we use the term. To many non black people, they look at a literal skin color for definition, and will often respond by saying, “He’s not black. He’s brown/light/etc.” While those of us that are black use the term as more of a social grouping to include anyone with at least one black parent, regardless of skin color. Here’s an example:

Black People With Albinism (white skin)
Black Person With Black Skin

Within the black community, we consider both of these extremes, and everything in between, to be equally “black”. Hopefully this helps those not familiar with black culture, understand how we in the black community use the term. It has very little to do with literal skin color.

David’s Rise To Fame

The story of David and Goliath is one of the most famous stories in the world. Unfortunately, it is one of the most understated and misunderstood events in the Bible. Goliath wasn’t just a large person. The giants (rapha) were believed to be the children of fallen angels and human women (Genesis 6:2-4). Many believe that Goliath was a nephilim similar to what Joshua, Caleb, and the other ten spies encountered in Canaan just a few generations before David.

Two Translations of Genesis

“There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.” – Genesis 6:4 (KJV)

“The Nephilim were on the earth in those days—and also afterward—when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.” – Genesis 6:4 (NIV)

Two Translations of Numbers

And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.” – Numbers 13:33 (KJV)

We saw the Nephilim there (the descendants of Anak come from the Nephilim). We seemed like grasshoppers in our own eyes, and we looked the same to them.” – Numbers 13:33 (NIV)

The renown of David wasn’t just that he defeated a giant, but he defeated what was believed to be the offspring of an angel. The Greeks, Romans, and other nations referred to the nephilim as “demigods” or “heroes”, similar to Hercules, Achilles, Perseus, etc. David’s personal guard also managed to slay four of Goliath’s brothers, earning them the reputation as “mighty men”.

David’s Wife and Son

While David did have multiple wives and women, there is one that stands out above the others. Her name was Bathsheba, the wife of David’s mighty man Uriah. Bathsheba was a descendant of the Canaanite tribe called the Gilonites. The same tribe that her grandfather Ahithophel (David’s advisor) belonged to.

It is through Bathsheba that David has his son King Solomon, who also marries multiple Hamite women, and is described as having “locks”, which is likely a reference to dreadlocks. You can read more in depth about Bathsheba and King Solomon below:







By Black History In The Bible

"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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  • Thank you and congratulations for your superior theologically correct, biblically sound, and hermeneutically accurate presentation/exegesis on the theme “RUDDY!” Like most Black people of African descent I have been “CONFUSED” all my Life about what I “DISCERNED” to be “FALSE DOCTRINE” from the white supremacist perspective: however, I did not know where to start to “DISPROVE” it! You have sent me on my way, now! Thank you again, my Brother! I am a Believer and Follower of “YESHUA HAMASHIAC” (Jesus Christ)! And, “YAHWEH/ELOHIM” is “THE NAME” Of our “UNCREATED CREATOR, SELF-EXISTENT, SELF-SUSTAINING, REDEEMING, SOVEREIGN, ETERNAL KING! “WHOSOEVER” calls upon “THE NAME” Of The Lord shall be saved! (Romans 10:13) “Satan has deceived the whole world!” (Rev 12:9) Continue the “EXCELLENT” work you are doing for Yeshua (Jesus)! DON’T LET “NOBODY” HINDER YOU, MY BROTHER!” YESHUA LOVES YOU! SO DO I!

  • Hello

    I was searching for the true color of ruddy and google shows me your post and a picture of my Nephew. (Black with red hair) His dreads are much longer than when this picture was taken!

  • I’m am So happy that I’ve started to see the Truth! I knew that I would find it if I kept looking..these Lies are Truly awful..i am white English..& I’m Disgusted in what they teach (Lies) I had been looking in to the Lemba tribe before I started to read All makes sense..i feel privileged to Learn more!. I’ll also buy the eyes were opening & wider now..Thank you!.

  • The Reverend Graham P. Matthews, Ph.D. -

    We know that Judaism was established in Ethiopia because of the Ethiopian who was baptized by Phillip in the Book of Acts. Here was a rich man sitting in a chariot reading from book of the Nevi’im, Isaiah 53. What that tells us is three things:
    1. Judaism had been firmly established in Ethiopia.
    2. Scrolls were written and owned by men who could read Hebrew.
    3. He was a devout Jew on his way to Jerusalem for one of the required pilgrim feasts.

    • How do you know he was a Jew? How do you know other Ethiopians read Scripture? Maybe it was just him. How do you know Ethiopia was a Judaic country?

      I'm not trying to sound rude; I'm just curious.

      • Black History In The Bible -

        Do you read the Bible at all? I’m asking because in the Bible Ethiopia is mentioned a lot in connection with the Hebrews.

        Also it is historical fact that Ethiopia was practicing Judaism since the days of Menelik I, the son of Solomon and The Queen of Sheba. Ethiopia even has a detailed list of all rulers that came from the Solomonic Dynasty. And if you read the Ethiopian history of what happened after The Queen of Sheba returned, it states that she brought Hebrews back with her. The Bible even compares the Hebrews to Ethiopians:

        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

        You can see the list of Solomonic Emporers here:

        It is also historical fact that Ethiopia converted to Christianity and declared it the national religion almost 60 years before Rome. You can see that here:

        Europeans were the last to get the scriptures and the message of salvation through Christ. The Biblical world did not and does not revolve around Europeans. It revolves around Hebrews and Africa.

  • So this means that if David was black,even Jesus also must be black.Where does this white Jesus come from then and why was His complexion change anyway.Wow it’s so amazing as to what lengths some people can go in distorting other people’s history in order for them to seem superior,this must be taught in schools,colleges and universities

      • Black History In The Bible -

        False. The typical Jew was ALWAYS black. The “Middle East” is only light because of European mixing for the last 2,000 years. There are ZERO records of white Hebrews. Every comparison from Joseph (in the Old Testament) to Paul constantly mistakes Hebrews as Africans. Every depicition prior to the renaissance shows a black Christ, black disciples, and black Hebrews.

        Europeans have lied to the world and tried to steal history. Olives are green and black, so pick one. Jesus was told to hide in Africa to get away from Herod. If he looked “Middle Eastern”, he wouldn’t need to hide anywhere other than where he already was. If he was white, God would be smart enough to send him to Europe… but God sent him to hide among black people.

        Christ is described in the book of Daniel as having legs the colored of BURNED BRONZE. John in Revelation describes his skin color as BURNED BRONZE… so do you believe the Bible or do you believe the nonsesne being pushed by Europeans? Google burned bronze. It’s the same color as black people. Making the claim that Jesus’ color was anything other than BURNED BRONZE is calling the Bible a lie… which is blasphemy. Maybe you don’t care about blaspheming God’s word, but I do and I won’t sugar coat the truth for you or anyone else. Jesus was black.

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