Character Study on Nubians

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Holman Bible Dictionary - Nubians
(nyoo' bih uhnss) Residents of an ancient kingdom along the Nile river in southern Egypt and northern Sudan (Daniel 11:43 , NIV; also NRSV margin). Cushites (REB) designates inhabitants of the same area. Other translations use Ethiopians, which formerly designated people of the same area. Modern Ethiopia lies further to the southeast. See Ethiopia .



A Dictionary of Early Christian Biography - Julianus, Missionary Priest to the Nubians
Julianus (73) , missionary priest to the Nubians in the reign of Justinian. John of Ephesus (R. Payne Smith's trans. pp. 251 seq.) and Bar-hebraeus (in Asseman. Bibl. Or. ii. 330) give an account of him. He was an old man of great worth, and one of the clergy in attendance on Theodosius, the Monophysite patriarch of Alexandria, then residing at Constantinople. Julian had long desired to Christianize the Nobadae or Nubians, a wandering people E. of the Thebais and beyond the limits of the empire, which they greatly harassed. The empress Theodora warmly encouraged the undertaking and consulted Justinian about it, who became interested but objected to Julian as a Monophysite, and named another instead, whilst Theodora persisted in favouring Julian. John of Ephesus describes fully the rival missions and the triumph of the empress's schemes. Julian reached the Nubian court first, won over the king and secured the rejection of the emperor's envoy when he arrived. Thus the Nubians were gained to the Monophysite creed and to the jurisdiction of Theodosius. After labouring there two years Julian placed Theodore, a Thebaid bishop, in charge and returned to Constantinople, where he soon afterwards died. For the subsequent history of the mission see LONGINUS.

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Julianus, Missionary Priest to the Nubians - Julianus (73) , missionary priest to the Nubians in the reign of Justinian. Julian had long desired to Christianize the Nobadae or Nubians, a wandering people E. Thus the Nubians were gained to the Monophysite creed and to the jurisdiction of Theodosius
Seba - A comparison with Isaiah 18:2 points to a supposed connexion with the tall Cushites or Nubians, though there is no evidence which directly associates either the people or the country with Nubia proper, in the region of the Nile
Races - Cushites (Nubians, Ethiopians)
Eunuch - Ethiopians were then, as Nubians now, often so employed
Ebed-Melech - He might have spoken privately to the king, as being over the king's harem (Nubians being chosen for that office to the present day), but Ebed-melech "went forth out of the king's house to the gate of Benjamin," and there spoke publicly to the king, "these men have done evil in all that they have done to Jeremiah whom they have cast into the dungeon, and he is like to die for hunger in the place where he is, for there is no more bread in the city
Goel - " "The Nubians," observes Light, "possess few traces among them of government, or law, or religion