Kairos moments

Acts 8:26-40

The record of an Ethiopian eunuch and Philip meeting on a road to Gaza ignites the imagination. Why was this Ethiopian eunuch traveling on this road?

Tradition relates that Ethiopia was founded by the great-grandson of Noah. It has been identified by various names: Abyssinia, Kush and Axum. The empire of Axum lasted from the first through the late 13th century AD. Israel’s religion and influence were already felt across this vast area.

Much earlier, the queen of Sheba had visited the wise King Solomon in order to “test him with hard questions” and to tell him “all that was on her mind” (1 Kings 10:2). Some believe that the Falasha Jews of Ethiopia are direct descendants from Solomon’s time. A long history binds Israel and this region together.


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