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The Eunuch of Ethiopia
fl. 1st century
Orthodox
Ethiopia


The Eunuch of Ethiopia, the treasurer of Queen Candace, was converted to Christianity through Philip the Deacon (Acts VIII, 26-40). Perhaps he was an "Ethiopian" Jew or an "Ethiopian" Jewish proselyte who had come to the Temple of Jerusalem to offer a gift. According to a tradition of the Ethiopian Church, he became the first Christian missionary to Ethiopia.

Ephraim Isaac


Bibliography:

C. J. Cadbury and W. K. L. Clarke, The Book of Acts in History (London, 1955), 15-18.
J. Garstang, Meroë, the City of the Ethiopians (Oxford, 1911).
E. Ullendorff, "Candace (Acts VIII, 27) and the Queen of Sheba," Journal of New Testament Studies, Vol. II (1955).


This article is reproduced, with permission, from The Dictionary of Ethiopian Biography, Vol. 1 'From Early Times to the End of the Zagwé Dynasty c. 1270 A.D.,' copyright © 1975, edited by Belaynesh Michael, S. Chojnacki and Richard Pankhurst, Institute of Ethiopian Studies, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. All rights reserved.