2 min readDec 26, 2018

Historians on the Ancient Israelites

Over a thousand years ago, around 100 AD, a Roman historian named Tacitus,wrote about Jews in his book, Histories, saying, “Many assure us they were a race of Ethiopian origin.” Ethiopians are black Africans. In other words, Tacitus stated that Jews were of black African descent.

The elamites of Mesopatamia seem to be a negro people with kinky hair and have transmitted this racial type to the Jews and Assyrians

-Anthropologist Harry Johnston

-Alfred C Haddon, History of Anthropology (London:Watts and Co.,1934) pg. 6.

In 1931 the Biblical Scholar was able to translate the texts of the ancient roman historian Josephus. The text describes the appearance of Jesus as witnessed by the ancient roman historian Josephus. He wrote

At that time also there appeared a certain man of magic power … if it be meet to call him a man, [whose name is Jesus], whom [certain] Greeks call a son of [a] God, but his disciples [call] the true prophet who is supposed to have raised dead persons and to have cured all diseases. Both his nature and his form were human, for he was a man of simple appearance, mature age, black-skinned (melagchrous), short growth, three cubits tall, hunchbacked, prognathous (lit. ‘with a long face [macroprosopos]), a long nose, eyebrows meeting above the nose, that the spectators could take fright, with scanty [curly] hair, but having a line in the middle of the head after the fashion of the Nazaraeans, with an undeveloped beard.

  • (*Halōsis, ii.174).”[4]

This passage above shows that Jesus who was an Israelite was described as having black skin.

This whole entire region contained black people. The first man mentioned in the Torah was black,