By Alonyia Godfrey, Courier Staff Writer
The Holy Bible, known by a great many as 'the greatest book of all time"has been around since the beginning of time. However, until recently, it was assumed that the characters within the Great Book were of the same white nationality (be it Jewish, Greek, etc.).
Most religious paintings and sculptures have reinforced this idea, and it was considered a desecration of the word of God to question this belief. However, as of late, historians have discovered evidence proving that there were a number of many races found in the Bible. For instance, the Queen ofSheba, who was recognized as King Solomon's female companion , was Black. In her own words, she declared, "I am Black, but comely...look not upon me because I am Black, because the sun has looked down upon me."
Based on the verses of Solomon within the Bible, there is reason to believe that King Solomon himself was Black. And if these findings hold true, then the lineage would follow all the way to Jesus, proving that there is no way that he could maintain predominately white physical characteristics when his racial background is of such a diverse nature.
Dorothy Allen, a history and African American Studies/Issues teacher at Logan, had this to say on the subject: "It's the Good Book, right? I mean people use it to guide their lives. So maybe we would have an obligation to treat people better than we do. People used slavery to make Black people inferior, but this shows we're not. If we're all in the Bible in this capacity, thats one less reason for us to treat each other badly."
"If everyone knew and believed it, then it would help them identify with the Bible. People can't identify when they feel they dont belong".
My sister, Effiyyah Godfrey, a junior here at Logan, says "it makes me feel like Black people are influential, like Black people actually have a chance at succeeding."