I ran into an interesting translation difference in my morning study.
From Genesis 2:13, And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
The Hebrew word “Kush” or “Cus” is translated Ethopia in the KJV, but Cush in most other versions.
Cush was the son of Ham, the cursed son of Noah. Cush was also the father of Nimrod. Cush is merely the name of a person who died thousands of years ago, if you look only at what we find in the MEV, NIV, ESV, NASV, etc.
Ethiopia, on the other hand, is a country in Africa that exists today. We need not do any extra homework to know exactly where this region is.
What caught my attention is that the person Cush appears for the first time in Genesis 10, which makes his inclusion in Genesis 2 kind of strange.
Alexander Hislop wrote more extensively about Cush. The Greek for Cush (or Kush) is Aethiop, which means “burned one.” In other words, Aethiopia/Ethiopia/Cush means black.
More than likely, Cush and his offspring were black Africans.
Furthermore, as a son of Cush, Nimrod was probably also black. Upon further study, the historical record of Nimrod resembles that of many other gods from around the world, most notably Osiris.
Osiris was black, was killed and torn apart, then “reborn” as Horus. Nimrod was also black, killed and dismembered, then “reborn” as his own child.
This provides the genesis (pun intended) for the “mother/son” mythologies that we find in many ancient religions that pre-date Christ. This is the “evidence” that many atheists use to dismiss Christianity. They say that Jesus’ birth was a Hebrew version of earlier myths.
Genesis 3:15 says, And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.
Satan knew of the prophecies of Christ prior to Nimrod, Osiris and the virgin birth. Is it any surprise that he would work to influence these false religions to mimic what HE KNEW was inevitable in order to cast doubt on Scripture?
Satan is the father of lies (John 8:44), and Antichrist will be a corrupt copy of the Messiah. There have always been corrupt copies of Christ, but only one Christ.
From Nimrod to Antichrist, but only Christ will save us.
Why does this translation difference exist? I have no idea. The direct link from Cush to Ethiopia can only be found in the KJV. I do know that, once again, I prefer the rich accuracy and historical evidence that once again leads the reader to Christ in the King James Version.