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Seba


Se’ba (pl. Sebaim; in Authorized Version incorrectly rendered Sabeans) heads the list of the sons of Cush. Besides the mention of Seba in the lists of the sons of Cush, Gen. 10:7; 1 Chron. 1:9, there are but three notices of the nation—Ps. 72:10; Isa. 43:3; 45:14. These passages seem to show that Seba was a nation of Africa, bordering on or included in Cush, and in Solomon’s time independent and of political importance. It may perhaps be identified with the island of Meroë. Josephus says that Saba was the ancient name of the Ethiopian island and city of Meroë, but he writes Seba, in the notice of the Noachian settlements, Sabas. The island of Meroë lay between the Astaboras, the Athara, the most northern tributary of the Nile, and the Astapus, the Bahr el-Azrak or “Blue River,” the eastern of its two great confluents.