The Bible does not specifically identify any person as being black-skinned. The Bible also does not specifically identify any person as being white-skinned. The vast majority of the Bible took place in the Middle East, in and around Israel. Neither “black” nor “white” people are common in these regions. The vast majority of the people in the Bible were “Semitic,” light to dark brown in complexion. Ultimately, it does not matter what skin color the people in the Bible had. Skin color is meaningless in the message of the Bible. We all need to take our eyes off of the skin and focus on the soul.
Some scholars guess that Moses’ wife Zipporah might have been black since she was a Cushite (Numbers 12:1). Cush is an ancient name for an area of Africa. The Shulammite may have been black (Song of Solomon 1:5), although the context indicates that her skin was dark due to being out in the sun. Some propose that Bathsheba (2 Samuel 11:3) was black. Some believe that the Queen of Sheba who visited Solomon (1 Kings 10:1) was black. The Ethiopian eunuch in Acts 8:37 was likely black. Ethiopians are mentioned about 40 times in the Bible, and the Prophet Jeremiah asked, “Can the Ethiopian change his skin …” (Jeremiah 13:23). “Simeon called Niger” in Acts 13:1 may have been black. The Bible, though, does not specifically say that any of these people were black.
Most Bible teachers believe that black people are descendants of Noah’s son Ham (Genesis 10:6-20), but we cannot be sure since the Bible does not specifically say. Why aren’t there more black people in the Bible? The vast majority of events in the Bible took place in the land of Israel. Although black people were common in many regions nearby Israel, Israel has never been an area where many black people have settled.
I loved how my father explained people of color to me when I was young. He was half American Indian and he always told me the best stories. He told me that the white men came from the north where there was not much sun and that is why their skin is light, He told me that the people from the south had much more sun so God protected them by making their skin dark so that they could hunt and not be burned. I asked about the Asians and he told me that they had brownish yellow skin because they didn’t need as much protection from the sun, but God gave them a slight slant to their eyes so that they would be protected from the reflection of the sun off of the water when they planted rice. Then he told me if you notice every single human no matter what color their skin is they all white palms and the bottom s of their feet are white.
The interesting thing is when I took my son to the ophthalmologist because his eyes were always red as a child (my children are Hawaiian, Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, French, Irish and Native American). She told me that he had round Caucasian eye balls but he had Asian lids so he didn’t blink often enough to keep his eyes moist. So we had to play a game every day where he would have to blink every time his eyes got itchy. Thank goodness as he got older his eye cooperated. Isn’t our God so amazing in how He creates us!!! God bless you!!! Maranatha!!! :):)