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by Wayne Blank
After The Flood, Cush (also called Ethiopia, the region south of Egypt, not necessarily within the borders of modern-day Ethiopia) and Egypt, and likely most of the other major nations of Africa, were repopulated by the descendants of Noah's son Ham (Genesis 10:6). The earliest-known part of Africa was referred to as the "land of Ham":
"Then Israel came to Egypt; Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham." (Psalm 105:23 RSV)
The conversion and baptism of the Ethiopian eunuch, who was a Jewish convert, and who was among the very first Africans converted to Christianity (if not the very first one), is one of the most famous of The Bible:
"But an angel of the Lord said to Philip, "Rise and go toward the south to the road that goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza." This is a desert road. And he rose and went. And behold, an Ethiopian, a eunuch, a minister of the Candace, queen of the Ethiopians, in charge of all her treasure, had come to Jerusalem to worship and was returning; seated in his chariot, he was reading the prophet Isaiah. And the Spirit said to Philip, "Go up and join this chariot."
Fact Finder: Did Moses marry an African (Cushite, or Ethiopian) woman?