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Candace

Candace [N] [H]

the queen of the Ethiopians whose "eunuch" or chamberlain was converted to Christianity by the instrumentality of Philip the evangelist ( Acts 8:27 ). The country which she ruled was called by the Greeks Meroe, in Upper Nubia. It was long the centre of commercial intercourse between Africa and the south of Asia, and hence became famous for its wealth ( Isaiah 45:14 ).

It is somewhat singular that female sovereignty seems to have prevailed in Ethiopia, the name Candace (compare "Pharaoh," "Ptolemy," "Caesar") being a title common to several successive queens. It is probable that Judaism had taken root in Ethiopia at this time, and hence the visit of the queen's treasurer to Jerusalem to keep the feast. There is a tradition that Candace was herself converted to Christianity by her treasurer on his return, and that he became the apostle of Christianity in that whole region, carrying it also into Abyssinia. It is said that he also preached the gospel in Arabia Felix and in Ceylon, where he suffered martyrdom. (See PHILIP .)

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M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible
[H] indicates this entry was also found in Hitchcock's Bible Names

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Candace". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .

Candace [N] [E]

who possesses contrition
Hitchcock's Dictionary of Bible Names. Public Domain. Copy freely.

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[E] indicates this entry was also found in Easton's Bible Dictionary

Bibliography Information

Hitchcock, Roswell D. "Entry for 'Candace'". "An Interpreting Dictionary of Scripture Proper Names". . New York, N.Y., 1869.

Candace, or Canda-ce

(prince of servants ), a queen of Ethiopia (Meroe), mentioned ( Acts 8:27 ) (A.D. 38.) The name was not a proper name of an individual, but that of a dynasty of Ethiopian queens.


Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Candace, or Candace'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.

CANDACE

kan'-da-se (Kandake):

Queen of the Ethiopians (Acts 8:27). Pliny states that the name Candace had already been borne for many years by the queens of Ethiopia (vi,29). See ETHIOPIA. Her treasurer, "a eunuch of great authority," was baptized by Philip the Evangelist on his return from worshipping in Jerusalem.


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Bibliography Information
Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'CANDACE'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.