Paul: The Black Apostle To The Gentiles

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The Bible tells us that Paul was mistaken for an Egyptian descendant of Ham. So why is it that we never see Paul depicted as anything other than a white man? When people say that the Bible doesn’t mention race, it means they either haven’t looked closely enough (me once), or they don’t want to have their eyes opened to the truth.

The Ethnicity of Paul

Paul was a free born Hebrew that had Roman citizenship. This is important because not every Hebrew in Rome had citizenship status. Many were slaves and second class non citizens. After being arrested, it is during a conversation with the chief captain that we learn quite a bit about Paul:

“And as Paul was to be led into the castle, he said unto the chief captain, May I speak unto thee? Who said, Canst thou speak Greek?” – Acts 21:37

Just by looking at Paul, the chief captain didn’t believe that Paul could speak Greek. He came to that conclusion based on Paul’s skin color, which we see mentioned in the following verse:

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

What Did Egyptians Look Like?

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Peter and Paul - Depicted As Black
Early Depiction of Peter and Paul
Christ, Peter, and Paul - Depicted As Black
Christ, Peter, and Paul


Imagery can be a very powerful tool, especially if used for deception. There is a reason that the entire Bible was “white washed”, and it’s probably because the Gentiles not only hate the implications that black people were chosen by God, but also can’t stand not being the chosen people. The same mistake of ethnicity happened to Moses, which you can read about by clicking the following link:

And The Assumptions Continue

If Paul had been white, there wouldn’t have been any immediate assumption that he couldn’t speak Greek based on appearance alone. Just by looking at Paul, the chief captain immediately assumed that Paul was an Egyptian. The same thing happened to Moses, and the first Israelites at the burial of Jacob. Paul then has to explain who he is:

“But Paul said, I am a man which am a Jew of Tarsus, a city in Cilicia, a citizen of no mean city: and, I beseech thee, suffer me to speak unto the people.” – Acts 21:39

Paul had to explain that he was a Jew and not an Egyptian. This reinforces the fact that Jews and Egyptians were indistinguishable by skin color. Paul then begins to speak to the crowd in Hebrew (Acts 21:40), but the evidence doesn’t end here. After Paul’s speech to the crowd, the chief captain made another wrong assumption about him:

“The chief captain commanded him to be brought into the castle, and bade that he should be examined by scourging; that he might know wherefore they cried so against him. And as they bound him with thongs, Paul said unto the centurion that stood by, Is it lawful for you to scourge a man that is a Roman, and uncondemned?” – Acts 22:24-25

The chief captain assumed that Paul was not a Roman citizen because of his skin color (he looked like an Egyptian), and give the command to beat Paul without him being convicted of a crime. Paul knew the Roman law and mentioned it to the centurion, which brings us to the next part of the conversation:

“When the centurion heard that, he went and told the chief captain, saying, Take heed what thou doest: for this man is a Roman. Then the chief captain came, and said unto him, Tell me, art thou a Roman? He said, Yea. And the chief captain answered, With a great sum obtained I this freedom. And Paul said, But I was free born.” – Acts 22:26-28

The centurion warned his boss about his actions because Paul was a Roman citizen. But what’s even more interesting is that the chief captain is almost in disbelief, so much so that he brings up that he had to BUY HIS FREEDOM with a “great sum”, to which Paul responds that he was born free.

The assumption of Paul’s inability to speak Greek, the assumption that Paul was not a Roman citizen, and the assumption that they could bind and beat him without repercussion were all made based on nothing more than the fact that Paul looked like an Egyptian.

“Then straightway they departed from him which should have examined him: and the chief captain also was afraid, after he knew that he was a Roman, and because he had bound him.” – Acts 22:29

Now that they know that Paul isn’t just some random black guy causing trouble, they become afraid. The reason they were afraid was because the chief captain was not a free born citizen. He bought his citizenship, which means not only was he ask risk of losing it, but he could be imprisoned or killed for breaking Roman law.

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An Apostle To The Gentiles

Thanks to lots of great researchers, accompanied by modern technology, we have maps that show Paul’s entire missionary career to the Gentiles. So let’s take a look at where he went:

Paul's Missionary Journeys
Paul Only Traveled To Europe and Asia Minor (Eurasia)

Sometimes a picture really is worth a thousand words. I have a full study on the Gentiles coming soon, so make sure you subscribe so you don’t miss it. Feel free to leave your thoughts on this study by using the comments section below.


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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


  • Thank you so much for your obedience to God’s call to research, write and provide truth. I recently went through a crisis of faith as I had been challenged by peers and acquaintances. I begged God for revelation and remembered the truth that Christianity was a reality in Africa when Europe was still pagan. As such, they were not the originators of Christianity. This gave me peace and a desire to research more. I found out that the Ethiopian bible includes the books of the Apocrypha and then some others. My desire is to read/study them all. Blessings to you. I will continue to read and follow your good work.

  • I think there is something important that must be stated about the biblical north Africa and the now. Yes after invasion and conquer from Europe, the event that most changed the race in North Africa happened around 7 AD, when the Arab / muslim invasion. The forcible spread of Islam, the Arab genocide against the indigenous population causes a sharp reduction in ‘black’ African population. This conflict continued for many years where African slaves where captured and sold by Arabs. The recent Conflict in Sudan is the left overs of those wars. Where we saw genocide in Daffur & blue nile region of Sudan. That tension was the driving force for the eventual separation between Sudan and South Sudan.

    This information, puts into perspective one of the reasons we currently have Arabs majority population in north Africa. It was not so in centuries gone bye. It also aligns with prophesies of the shrinking of the Hebrew race population.

  • Paul only preached to Israelites. The Gentiles he preached to were the Northern Kingdom Israelites. They had to refer to themselves as Gentiles because they were until Greek persecution. All this was explained in the missing bible books aka the aprocrypha. Israelites only preached to Israelites.

  • Very interesting. I have always been onlook out for materials that talk about african in the bible and genealogy. I m in kenya and would like to contribute in research about african since God creation

  • Thank you for your articles I really enjoy them very thought provoking. I have a question, Were the Israelites scattered in those countries of Europe and Asia Minor? If so wouldn’t they be considered gentiles or uncircumcised as well? since they wouldn’t have known the laws of Torah. Thanks in advance. Appreciate all your work, been following since the radio days.

    • Black History In The Bible -

      Thanks. Glad you’re enjoying.

      Gentiles are from the lineage of Japheth. Here is a recent series I started:

      Unmasking The Gentiles – Part 1
      Unmasking The Gentiles – Part 2

      My hosting company is having server problems right now, but when it gets everything taken care of, those two articles can be found on the home page.

      Just because they were scattered does not mean they became Gentiles. This is a false teaching by many of the black Hebrew Israelite groups due to their hatred for white people.

      Paul was born in Rome (Gentile territory), but he was still very aware of the Laws and was a Pharisee. There were many others as well. Being scattered is not the same as being transformed into.

      Hope that answers your question.

  • thank you for publishing the truth for our next generation of Hebrew (black) Israelites. So many don’t know the truth, are you going to use the power of the All Mighty to awaken his people? Adiva

    • Black History In The Bible -

      My call is to share the truth of scripture. How God uses it in his plan is up to him. Thanks for the reply.

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