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candace


candace


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Candace 
  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  (Isa.  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}.) 
 
 
  From  Hitchcock's  Bible  Names  Dictionary  (late  1800's)  [hitchcock]: 
 
  Candace,  who  possesses  contrition