Ethiopia in the Bible

Nimrod and the Tower of Babel

According to the narrative of the Book of Genesis, Nimrod (eth. “Nubierd” ኑቤርድ like “Nubia”) was the first to establish upon the earth a centralized and organized state:

“And Cush (eth. Kusa ኩሳ, that occupied Ethiopia after the deluge) begat Nimrod: he began to be a mighty one in the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord: wherefore it is said, Even as Nimrod the mighty hunter before the Lord. And the beginning of his kingdom was Babel, and Erech, and Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar.”

In the following Chapter 11 is thus described the story of the Tower of Babel, erected by that same Empire through its social power in the land of Shinar (eth. Sennaar ሰናአር). The first verse expresses a natural premise to what happened after:

“And the whole earth was of one language, and of one speech.” (Genesis 11,1).

If the head of the people at that time was Ethiopian, Ethiopian was also the original language, taught by Egziabhier to Adam, spoken by all men at that time, having the purest and most powerful logic and therefore making them able to build the first “skyscraper” in open rivalry with God. Egziabhier punished that people of old with the confusion of language, that was their creative and destructive power: 20 written alphabeths and 72 spoken languages came out. The original language was kept by the holy fathers, but lost by the most part of mankind. Men found themselves in incomunicability and mental confusion and their power crumbled down for many centuries.

However, according to the the biblical promises of God, that curse must be historically removed by the Messiah in His redemptive mission, and the world must return to its original condition. As it is said in Zephenia chapter 3, verses 9-10:

For then will I turn to the people a pure language, that they may all call upon the name of the Lord, to serve him with one consent. From beyond the rivers of ETHIOPIA my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

Therefore, from Ethiopia this knowledge must be brought again to mankind to redeem from linguistical corruption and to fulfill the prophecy. The clock is circular like the sun, as it was in the beginning, so shall it be in the end, nothing new.