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Hebrew: וּסְבָ֖א —transliteration: Seba

also known as: Saba

This is the name of a Biblical man and a place.

  1. Seba or Saba, one of the sons of Cush (Kush)

    And the sons of Ham; Cush, and Mizraim, and Phut, and Canaan. And the sons of Cush; Seba, and Havilah, and Sabtah, and Raamah, and Sabtechah: and the sons of Raamah; Sheba, and Dedan. —Genesis 10:7

    His decendants are called Sabeans.

  2. Seba or Saba, the name of a city and kingdom

    For I am the Lord your God,
    The Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
    I have given Egypt as your ransom,
    Cush and Seba in your place. —Isaiah 43:3

    Thus says the Lord,
    “The products of Egypt and the merchandise of Cush
    And the Sabeans, men of stature,
    Will come over to you and will be yours;
    They will walk behind you, they will come over in chains
    And will bow down to you;
    They will make supplication to you: —Isaiah 45:14

    This land is mentioned along with Egypt and Ethiopia, and is therefore probably in northeastern Africa.

    A Persian King Cambyses later changed the name of the city to Meroë (Meroe), in honor of his sister of the same name.

    The kings of Sheba and Seba are mentioned together in Psalm 72.

    The kings of Tarshish and of the isles shall bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts. —Psalm 72:10

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Article Version: April 15, 2024