Who Were the Nubians?

Who Were the Nubians?

A thousand years before the 701 B.C.E. siege of Jerusalem, the Black African world experienced new growth and development. The makeup of the population changed dramatically with the introduction of the Hebrew culture. During this millennium, the Hyksos came to power in Lower Egypt. The Hebrew Jacob and all his family were given refuge in the Nile Delta area by the ruling Hyksos. The Hebrews thrived and became highly skilled in iron working and the production of wheeled vehicles. The Hyksos did not share ancestry with the ancient Egyptian tribes. Rather, they arrived to Egypt via the Mediterranean Sea and had Canaanite names. They received credit for bringing new weapons of warfare to Egypt such as horse drawn chariots, horseback riding, and especially the composite bow and arrow.  Seeing the talents of the Hebrew people, the ruling Hyksos sought to recruit them to serve their end against invasions coming from the Babylonian and Hittite nations. They moved a number of Hebrews to the land of Goshen below Upper Egypt along the great Nile River with the intent that they produce and deliver the greatly needed raw materials necessary for trade and wealth to Lower Egypt. Goshen was already occupied by Black Africans. The mixing of the two groups may account for the accelerated growth in population. The children of Israel multiplied from a few to a nation of over three million people in a relatively short period of time.  Eventually, the Hebrews and Africans coalesced and began to build a shared culture. They became displeased with the treatment showed them by the Egyptians. This led to a failed rebellion against the Hyksos, and they found themselves in the dilemma of force labor. Decades passed. Thousands escaped, finding new homes in the North African territory where green vegetation remained plentiful. Much of this area today is covered by the Sahara Desert.  Moses led the main tribes of Hebrews living in Upper Egypt on the exodus out of Egypt, they worked in the quarries excavating stones, rocks, and marble used to build and create monuments, temples, and statues. When Moses called for his people to follow him to the Promised Land, those Hebrews who never had the opportunity to move further south followed him and crossed the Red Sea. However, the vast majority of Hebrew people living in Goshen were not part of that expedition. Later, the people of Goshen establish their own kingdom and called themselves Nubians.  The Nubians play a critical role in our story of The Black Angel of the...

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Local Authors Discuss their Novel

Local Authors Discuss their Novel

Norman and Lynn (Kamara) Reed revisit their inspiration to write a biblical historical novel on Wednesday, May 14, at 6:30 p.m. at Howard Miller Library, 14 S. Church Street, Zeeland. The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Books are available for purchase and signature. The Black Angel of the Lord, provides an intriguing fictional account of details surrounding a biblical miracle where the entire army of Assyrian soldiers were killed overnight. Exploring the larger themes of culture, politics, love and religion, the Reeds offer readers a creative story woven around II Kings 19:35. “That night the angel of the Lord went out and put to death a hundred and eighty-five thousand men in the Assyrian camp. When the people got up the next morning – there were all the dead bodies!” – The Holy Bible, New International Version,...

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