Origin of the Races

What the Bible says:

  • Moses married a Cushite woman) (Numbers 12:1)

  • Solomon married a black woman (Song of Songs 1:5)

  • Ethiopians described as dark-skinned (Jeremiah 13:23)

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Contrary to the claims of some, the Bible makes no direct claims about the origin of the races. In fact, the Bible is remarkably silent on this issue. The first mention of race occurs many thousands of years after the flood, in the book of Numbers, describing the marriage of Moses to a Cushite woman (the Cushites were black).1 King Solomon also married a black women, which is described in his book, the Song of Songs.2 The book of Jeremiah describes the Ethiopians as dark-skinned peoples, but not how they got that way.3 Other than these few verses, the Old Testament is entirely silent about when and how the races originated.

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  1. Then Miriam and Aaron spoke against Moses because of the Cushite woman whom he had married (for he had married a Cushite woman); and they said, "Has the LORD indeed spoken only through Moses? Has He not spoken through us as well?" And the LORD heard it. (Now the man Moses was very humble, more than any man who was on the face of the earth.) (Numbers 12:1-3)

  2. "I am black but lovely, O daughters of Jerusalem, Like the tents of Kedar, Like the curtains of Solomon." (Song of Songs 1:5)

  3. "Can the Ethiopian change his skin Or the leopard his spots? Then you also can do good Who are accustomed to doing evil." (Jeremiah 13:23)

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