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CANDACE (kăn'da-sē, Gr. Kandakē). The queen of Ethiopia mentioned only in Acts.8.27. The name seems to have been a general designation of Ethiopian queens (as “Pharaoh” was for Egyptian kings, and “Caesar” for Roman emperors). Her chief treasurer, a eunuch, went to Jerusalem to worship and was led by Philip the evangelist to faith in Christ.


A. Grohmann, “Kandake,” Pauly’s Realencyclopädie der klassischen Altertumswissenschaft, N.B. X (1919), cols. 158, 159; S. Lösch, “Der Kämmerer der Kõnigin Kandake (Apg. 8:27),” Theologische Quartalschrift, CXI (1930), 447-519; E. Ullendorff, “Candace (Acts 8:27) and The Queen of Sheba,” New Testament Studies, II (1955), 53-55; D. Dunham, The Royal Cemeteries of Kush, IV Royal Tombs of Meroë and Barkal (1957).

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia (1915)

Queen of the Ethiopians (Ac 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.